Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Noble Art of Pen Spinning



I have a new obsession. After falling down a Youtube rabbit hole of object manipulation videos I discovered a community of people dedicated to perfecting complex tricks of twirling pens between their fingers. It sounds silly, but experienced spinners can deliver seriously hypnotizing performances.

I'm just a baby spinner. I've learned exactly 1.6 tricks. The only one I've mastered so far is called the thumb-around. 

My thumb-around skillz.


The second trick I'm learning is called the charge. It's proved much more difficult. The thumb-around took a few days to learn but, after a month of off-and-on practice, I still haven't completely figured out how to charge.

My charge non-skillz.


Obviously, I have a long way to go. It'll take a quite a while before I get as good as these guys -


Crazy, right? I KNOW. Don't even get me started on Cardistry.

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