Sean Lomax, World Champion Whistler

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How do you become a world champion whistler? International Grand Champion whistler Sean Lomax explains how he developed his whistling skills, launching his career as a pro whistler and landing a spot on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. This video from Wired‘s series Obsessed showcases his passion. From Wikipedia:

Possessing a whistling range of three octaves, Lomax says he was encouraged to attend the annual International Whistlers Convention in Louisburg, North Carolina, and first did in 1985. That year, he performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue but was disqualified for running overtime. He has returned to the competition many times, becoming the International Whistling Grand Champion in 1988 and 1992 and named Entertainer of the Year in 2009.

He’s been whistling full-time since 2005 when he first took the role of circus ringmaster in Cirque du Soleil Corteo, and now performs at private events and on television. His advice for becoming a better whistler: Lip balm, eat a peach, and practice, practice, practice.

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