An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a tutorial on some gags that’ll have them thinking you’re the coolest dude in the world. First up: how to levitate. You’ll be surprised how realistic the effect is — to an 8-year-old, at least.
- Stand in front of your audience, facing away from them, with your body positioned at about a 45-degree angle from them. You want them to be able to only see your left foot and heel, and the back of your right heel.
- Dramatically lift arms with your palms facing down so as to give the impression you’re about to push down and lift yourself off the ground.
- Push down with your hands, while simultaneously lifting yourself up on your right hidden toes. Keep both heels together as your feet rise.
- Hold for 2 to 3 seconds and then let yourself down. Lower yourself slowly, or drop dramatically as if you’ve sapped yourself of all magical energy.
Illustration by Ted Slampyak.