#3-Balance a Stick

 How to Balance a Stick with One Hand.

Here’s what I wrote in my book about balancing a stick on the palm of your hand:

My teacher, Mr. Amato, got very excited when he saw the stilts. He spent half of third period talking about equilibrium and center of gravity, then took us all outside where he balanced one of my stilts straight up-and-down on the palm of his hand. It looked really hard to do, but when I got home, I tried…and did it. And except that the stilt was kind of heavy, it’s actually pretty easy. I put a description on my website if you want to try it. But make sure you do this somewhere far from windows and other breakables, because you are sure to crash a few times.

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It really is easy. And actually, the longer the stick, the easier it is. I am good at it, but Georgie is a total pro, so he has drawn pictures to show you how to do it.

1. Find a good stick. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight, but straight is better.

1. Find a good stick. It doesn’t have to be perfectly straight, but straight is better.

 

2. Place it on the palm of your hand.

2. Place it on the palm of your hand.

 

3. Practice.

3. Practice.

 

4. Be aware of breakable things.

4. Be aware of breakable things. (In fact, this is probably better done outside.)

 

5. Otherwise you may have a disaster.

5. Otherwise you may have a disaster.

 

Please tell me how you did in the comments below.

 

Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. that last picture is funny, but not so funny when I broke a vase. Still, VERY cool. u r AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And tell georgie those are good pictures.

  2. I once balanced a water bottle (plastic, not reusable) on my head for about ten minutes, including while walking to and from the kitchen in my house!

  3. I have never tried balancing a stick but I have tried balancing a feather and I did it for about 3 minutes