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June 1, 2011 9:48 AM   Subscribe

Mad skillz with simple things: balancing sticks |Ouka - Ringarts | blind people seeing with echolocation | Rajnikanth at the pick-up counter | cat at a shell game.
posted by nickyskye (11 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cat at a shell game: yes please. That is a patient cat. Mine would be stabbing and swatting the guy's hands as he whirls them around.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:07 AM on June 1, 2011


Two other possibilities about the cat and the shell game:

1. Maybe the cat is trained and this is part of the act, to entice passersby to stop - either in an up-front "look at my trained cat" way or in a fake "isn't it funny, this street cat who I totally don't know has just happened to jump up on this chair, let's see if he can beat the game ladies and gentlemen" way.

2. Maybe the cat is hearing the bean rattle around and is tracking it that way?
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:11 AM on June 1, 2011


I skipped by the others but I definitely needed to see that cat playing the shell game.
posted by KS at 10:11 AM on June 1, 2011


Do not skip the Ouka.
posted by grog at 10:15 AM on June 1, 2011


I liked the pick-up counter the most actually. Kinda like bartender flares in a way. I can't find anything else like it on YouTube, however.
posted by d1rge at 11:28 AM on June 1, 2011


I love that Ouka video, never seen anything like it before. There must be a constant progression in the sizes/masses of the sticks for that to work, right? Part of me wants to sit down and work out that relationship.

For some mad skillz with bouncy balls*, this is one of my favourite bounce juggling videos. It's a bit of a juggler-geek video -- clips showing some hard, technical juggling rather than a flowing performance -- but impressive stuff.

There's also this really short video of two guys juggling 17 balls between them. Only lasts a handful of seconds, but incredible to see.

If you like circusy stuff, spend a few hours exploring that site; all sorts of arty, technical, creative or downright odd videos showing off a whole bunch of skills.

(Disclosure: I know the guy in the first video. Neither of us stand to gain from my linking his video, other than feeding his ego).

*tee hee
posted by metaBugs at 11:35 AM on June 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Do not skip the Ouka.

What's brilliant about it is we know we're being fooled, we can see exactly how we are being fooled, and yet, we are still fooled.
posted by Deathalicious at 12:05 PM on June 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Loved the cat playing the shell game. Such a look of genuine concentration on its face. I wonder well it does at three card monte.
posted by amyms at 1:46 PM on June 1, 2011


how well
posted by amyms at 1:47 PM on June 1, 2011


Actually, the original version of the Cat winning the shell game is here.
posted by Alles at 3:29 PM on June 1, 2011


Hmph! The link doesn't reference the original video.
posted by Alles at 4:59 PM on June 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


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