When I was a wee little lad, I learned that I had a special talent. I could catch a penny that someone else dropped. Sound easy? Try it, then. I’ve yet to meet someone else who can do it. I didn’t have to practice at this feat – I just realized one day that I could do it.
I read a book as an elementary student called Son of Pranks, Tricks, and Practical Jokes. I’ve long since forgotten the author. To this day, I still tell the jokes and perform the pranks I first learned in this book.
One of the pranks was to challenge people to catch a penny that you drop before it hits the ground. The book said it couldn’t be done. I walked up to my brother, had him drop a penny, and lo and behold – I caught it.
I initially thought the book must be mistaken – but as I’ve gone through my life, I’ve yet to meet someone else who could repeatedly reproduce this feat. Guess it’s just one of my gifts, eh?
So I decided to show my penny stunt to my wife. Here is a video of Char trying to perform the stunt. It’s a 29.5 MB MP4 file – but it’s yours for free!