One truth about being short in stature, is that if you want to get noticed you have to raise your game. Which could be why it seems like everyone in our family, including our pooch, has some kind of simple, but awesome, trick up their sleeve…except me.
For example, this guy’s most impressive talent is to play dead, a skill he picked up from one of our favorite books “101 Dog Tricks.”
I don’t think this pushed his limits too far, since he spends much of the day napping anyway. However, if the line of paparazzi waiting to give belly rubs is any sign of success, it seems to be working well for him. I did consider trying it out, but realized it’s not for me. I don’t get as much sleep as I would like to, so I need activities that make me look more alive than dead.
And…our son may not be the tallest in his class but he can juggle. Not just a couple of lucky catches, but really well. His teacher is training his entire class this year. They started out with scarves, and have grown in their skill level from there. Now he is able to also perform juggling tricks.
Pretty nice talent, since almost everywhere we go there is something to juggle with and someone who wants to be amazed. This happened over breakfast at a friend’s house, it happened on our snow trip, and it happened at the Hopworks Bike Bar up in Portland. A little sidetrack on that…
Hopworks BikeBar is a popular family-friendly brewpub, decorated with old bike parts. They have a large selection of their own craft beer and a good Happy Hour menu. Check out the bike racks above the bar and the kids being goofy with our friend Dennis.
Image from jessieonajourney.com
Hopworks offers tours at their other location every Saturday at 3pm. We have taken the tour and can recommend it.
The best part for the kids was the electricity-generating bikes out front. I think if you bike long enough you can even earn some money to use inside.
Image found here.
Now back to my quest to find my own personal trick. I tried juggling too, but I wasn’t very good at it. My son isn’t giving up. He thinks I still have potential and wants to try and teach me, so stay tuned. Possibly at this time next year, I will be able to juggle some, or at the very least, not put others around me at risk. 🙂
Our daughter needs and has a good trick too. In fact, at the end-of-year celebration for her basketball team last year, the coach was complimenting her athletic skills and attitude, but also remarked in front of the large group, that she would have to be a point guard, because he has seen her parents and doesn’t think she is going to be very tall. Ouch.
Luckily, she is a talented, resourceful person. This year she blew us away with her magic tricks. With the help of these kits we brought back from our trip for her, she can push a coin through her hand, let you pick from a deck of cards and guess correctly the one you chose, and mysteriously combine two coins in to one, as shown in the video below.
My kids must get their skills from my husband, because he has a lot of talents too. Most recently, I’m impressed with what he can do with ink and a screenprinting machine.
A few years ago, we went to the same in-depth screenprinting class. He walked away and started a business that has grown greatly since then, and I walked away with an off-center demo shirt I made and a great pen with the company’s logo on it. 🙂
I’ve managed to lead a pretty great life anyway, but I’ve also reached a point where I really want to have my own signature stunt. Obviously it needs to be something easy, accessible, and has a little “wow” factor. Drumroll…enter the dollar bill origami sailboat.
Not half bad for a first attempt, what do you think? Plus, I think any currency would work and the options are endless. When origami boats stop impressing, there is a big world of other projects to master. A while back, we gave our daughter’s artsy friend a dollar bill origami book for her birthday, along with a few bills to experiment with. Later on, when my daughter asked us for the same gift, we were disappointed because it turned out to be really difficult to figure out the instructions on our own. I still always thought it looked fun, and this time around discovered an array of YouTube videos which made it MUCH easier. If we were to give this as a gift again, I think we would opt for one that has a DVD included.
I realize our family’s party tricks might not be a good fit for everyone, so here is a link to some other good ones that might call to you… because it’s never too late to raise your game.
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