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That Pen-Spinning Thing [Apr. 7th, 2006|09:53 am]
I have a confession to make. You know that pen-spinning thing? Where someone's holding a pen and they quickly spin it around their thumb and end up holding it again? And you gape at them and they just look placidly at you as if nothing happened and the pen was motionless in their grasp the whole time?

I've always wanted to be able to do that. Never could figure it out. So I learned to juggle, instead. Meanwhile, my friends did that pen-spinning thing. (And, coincidentally, all of my friends who can do it are of asian descent. I'm not one to posit conspiracies of a pen-trick cabal, though, or fallback on slogans like "white guys can't pen-spin".)

So I figured out juggling and other legerdemain, but I never got the pen to spin 'round my thumb. It always wound up several feet away, having bounced off an innocent bystander's knee, and I ended up grinning sheepishly while retrieving it.

At last, there's hope. This tutorial video shows how to do the pen-spinning thing, which I now know is properly called a "Thumb-Around Normal".

And lest you feel smug because you've known how to do the pen-spinning thing Thumb-Around Normal since grade school, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Damn.

[User Picture]From: kuddlepup
2006-04-07 05:44 pm (UTC)
This was a trick that I learned while I was on the school debate team. It was kind of a status thing on who could spin their pem ion the most creative way.
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2006-04-07 11:51 pm (UTC)
We were watching this video at work where a guy had worked out this whole massive 3 minute spinning routine, and just to watch it was mind boggling. I used to be able to flick open knives like that when I worked at the cutlery shop, but havent done it since I left. I still wanna learn those swinging glowsticks on strings tricks you see at the furcon dances. =3
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From: jovino
2006-04-07 06:33 pm (UTC)
I've known how to do this since 1990, but damn, that other one is INSANE!

FWIW: I can't juggle.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2006-04-07 07:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen that before.
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[User Picture]From: kody_wolf
2006-04-07 07:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried that until - now...
Just be happy I'm asian and I can't do it yet either hehe :)
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2006-04-08 02:12 am (UTC)
Go here now!


Loads of cool videos and DVDs you can buy. I'm so tempted to get the ones on pen spinning as well.
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