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Local man attempts to break world record for pinball play, raising money for charity

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A local man is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for playing pinball.

Ryan Clancy is planning on playing for more than 30 hours straight. While doing so, he’s also raising money for Children’s Wisconsin.

Clancy began the attempt at 9 a.m. on Friday at Bounce Milwaukee, which he co-owns with his wife.

"I'm going to plunge the first ball now, of what I assume will be 1,600 or 1,700 balls," Clancy said as he began.

The current record for marathon pinball play is 30 hours and 10 minutes set in 2016. Clancy said he just hopes to beat it, but would love to play for 36 hours.

A few years ago his son Alex had kidney failure and was treated at Children’s Hospital. Clancy said Alex was given great care and made a full recovery. That’s why Clancy is donating 100% of the proceeds to the hospital. The goal is to raise at least $2,000.

Clancy said he hasn’t done too much to prepare for the attempt.

“I play a lot of pinball in general, but I haven’t played the last couple of days,” he said. “So I feel like I’m training for a marathon, kind of work up to it and then I stop entirely.”

If all goes to plan, Clancy will break the record Saturday afternoon. People are invited to Bounce Milwaukee to watch and donate.

You can also watch the attempt online and donate to the fundraiser here.

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