I have mentioned before that early on growing up we had no TV. Therefore it was either board games, word games or parlor tricks to keep us amused as the dark of evening drove us inside and there was nothing good on the radio.
A parlor trick is a simple magic trick which is generally easy to execute. Such tricks are used to amuse people at parties. They are designed to be performed in front of a small audience, such as a group of friends.
One of our family favorite "tricks" that surfaced when we had company was called Light as a Feather. This was also fun to try at slumber parties. It was a game where four people, including children, could lift a grown person with just two fingers.
The liftee would sit posture perfect in a straight back chair with no arms. Then four of us lifters would stand over the person and place our hands in alternating fashion on top of the persons head.
We would all press firmly down on their head for the count of ten, then quickly release our hands, one at a time. The lifters would then place two fingers under the liftee's arms or knees and would be able to lift the person high off the chair with ease.
As a ten year old, I could actually lift an adult. This always shocked both the novice lifters and liftees as well as the observers. It was even fun for the liftee as they felt like they were floating. Yes, parlor tricks were often mysterious and always amazing.
My love for parlor tricks continued into adulthood. I got a kick out of amazing others with my so called "powers."
Once my sister's boyfriend taught me a cool trick that worked really well in stopping a headache in its tracks. I was complaining of a headache one day and he offered to "heal" me.
He sat me in a straight back chair, placed his thumb and middle finger below my eyebrows beside the bridge of my nose with one hand. He then positioned his thumb and middle finger on my neck at the base of my skull with his other hand. Telling me to relax and to go with him, he pressed in firmly with both hands while lifting up, stretching my neck for about the count of five. I can't really say it was a pleasant experience but when he suddenly let go, the headache I'd been suffering was gone----poof.
I was at work one day when a co-worker came into my office grumbling about a headache. I had just recently become a convert of the procedure so I asked if she would let me "pinch her head" to get rid of it. She was totally dubious but I convinced her it was fool proof. It worked perfectly on her. Tension headaches responded the best.
Before I knew it, as soon as the bank closed its doors in the afternoon, a small line would form outside my office and I would have to pinch away the day's stresses. This parlor trick worked 90% of the time and Dr. Patti was in.
Part of the success with "head pinching" was in their strong wish for relief, part in the use of acupressure and part in my convincing them that it would, without a doubt, remove the headache.
I really haven't done any of those in years but was fun at the time. Sadly, electronics have put them to rest.
Thank you Mom for the love of parlor tricks and you Dad for the ability to make BS sound like an absolute truth.
Did you ever enjoy parlor tricks? Ouija boards and card tricks count.