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Breaking new ground

FRANKLIN FURNACE - Breaking glass with voice alone is a myth no more, after Jaime Vendera broke the glass and the myth on the popular "Myth Busters" television show.

Shattering glass with the voice is an act people associate with opera singers, but

the Franklin Furnace rocker has done it for the first time in recorded history.

Vendera, 35, does not need a hammer or other tangible tool, he simply uses his voice -

and does not even need an amplifier.

"I am the first and only documented singer to do this," Vendera said.

His newly learned skill was documented on the Discovery Channel's show "Myth Busters." The "Breaking Glass" episode will air

at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Adelphia channel 36 and Armstrong channel 33.

Vendera said the show's producers contacted him after a fellow singer, Jim Gillette from the 1980s band Nitro, could not do the show. He said when the idea was put to him in November 2004 he was not able to break glass even with the assistance of an amplifier, but Gillette taught him over the phone in one night.

Glasses and an amp were sent to him for practice. However, the glasses Vendera breaks are not regular drinking glasses, they are crystal wine glasses from Germany.

Vendera said his voice tested at more than 100 decibels so producers suggested he try to do it without an amp.

"There's never been anyone in the world who could prove they can break a glass with only their voice," he said.

Vendera practiced for a week when he finally broke his first glass without an amplifier.

"I blew it up in my face and it scared the heck out of me," he said.

Vendera said it takes 105 to 110 decibels to break glass, and his voice was tested the second time at about 120.

Vendera said he has broken about 80 glasses with an amp and 20 with only his voice.

The singer teaches voice lessons in his spare time and is in the local band Burn the Sun. He has also written two books, "Raise Your Voice" and "The Ultimate Breathing Workout." For more information about Vendera and his voice visit www.thevoiceconnection.com.