Stuart Edge

Stuart EdgeThe 27-year-old (27 March 1989) YouTube sensation from Utah, Stuart Edginton, better known as Stuart Edge, is best known for his pranks, magics, and flash mob videos. He is also an actor, writer, and musician, and is famous for his street music performances.

Stuart has faced several challenges in his life. His parents got divorced when he was 14, and he, his mother, and two siblings moved to Mexico where he did not know the language. He spent one year of high school in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Before becoming a YouTube sensation, he had a job cleaning portable toilets for construction workers before getting an internship and later an assistant video editor position for OraBrush, an oral hygiene company. As Stuart cleaned toilets, he dreamed of creating videos that not only made people laugh but also changed their lives.

He graduated from Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah, and went on to receive an Associate Degree from Utah Valley University. In 2016, He published his authored book titled On the Edge: How My Crappy Job Changed My Life, in which he “shares his secrets to his YouTube success and reveals his conversion from self-conscious to confident and how being true to his beliefs made all the difference.” Per a 21 May 2016 Deseret News article, Stuart also talks about “how he was able to turn difficult times from his youth (such as childhood anxiety, struggles with sports, his parents’ divorce and a few awkward dates, to name a few) into positive memories.” In the interview with Deseret News, Stuart commented, “Our experiences that we have from the time we grow up are there to help us become the people we are today. I believe that every experience we have can be looked back on and be for our good. … I was going through a hard time in my life, and it was the experiences that I wrote about that gave me strength.”

Stuart became popular on the YouTube scene in 2012 with his “Mistletoe Kissing Prank” video, which went viral after receiving 10 million views in just one week. As of late January 2017, his YouTube channel has garnered over 2.4 million subscribers, and his videos have been viewed more than 252 million times. His original “Mistletoe Kissing Prank” video has now been viewed over 28 million times. He also has more than 150,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter combined. In making his videos, he has collaborated with other notable YouTubers such as Andrew Hales, JStuStudios, and Lindsey Stirling.

Stuart Edge is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He takes the time to realize that his life has been richly blessed and because he has been given much, he understands the importance of giving back to others. This is evidenced in one of his “Give Back” videos in which he travels to the UK to pay an honest man $470 after the man had noticed that Stuart had erroneously put $470 into his pay pal account and contacted him to let him know.

Through both successes and setbacks, Stuart manages to keep smiling and maintain a positive attitude. He told Deseret News, “It’s OK to mess up. You’ve just got to recover. … Wake up every day and know that good things are going to happen. It’s a new day. It’s awesome. Beautiful things can happen to you today, or crappy things can happen, but they’ll be for your benefit.”

About his faith, Stuart has said, “anytime I meet another person, whether or not they are a member of my faith, I always try and uplift and invite them to come closer to Christ. I am far from perfect, but I have found that as I stand up for my beliefs and share those with others, I am strengthened and feel closer to God.”

Stuart served a two-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Veracruz, Mexico from 2008 to 2010. Because of his mission, he speaks fluent Spanish. He currently lives in Provo, Utah.

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