April 7th, 2006

Jasmine: Juggling

That Pen-Spinning Thing

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.