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I’ve never been a fan of card-tossing.  Whenever I’ve seen Jeff McBride’s act on a TV special, the portion where he tosses cards is a “ho-hum” for me.  Not that I don’t appreciate the skill and hours of dedicated practice it must take to perfect.  It’s very impressive.  But to me, it’s not magic.

However, two of our rescued cats are Bengals.  They are real handful and want to be busy, busy, busy.  So one day, I was fooling around with a deck of cards and saw the little girl Bengal (Stella) watching me from atop of the cat pedestal.  So I gripped a single card by one corner and tossed it in her direction.  Her reaction was instantaneous — she swatted it away and then crouched, very excited, ready for me to toss another one.  (Interestingly, I found it quite easy to aim correctly when throwing a card).  This resulted in me tossing all the cards in the deck, one at a time, while she either swatted them away or caught them between her two front paws. 

Since that first time, this has now developed into a regular game.  It’s even better when Stella’s on the bed, because then she can jump high and land softly, swatting, biting, and madly chasing the thrown card all over the bed.  Of course, from time to time I have to pick up all the cards and reassemble the deck, which has now been designated as Stella’s deck.

So, as unimpressed as I’ve been with Mr. McBride’s admirable card tossing, I have to thank him.  Because this fun game with me and Stella would never haver developed if I hadn’t seen him tossing cards on TV.  Thanks, Jeff!




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No kidding, I used to play this same game with a family cat also named Stella. Ours was a calico. Discovered the game one time when I accidentally dropped a card and she sprang into action, and continued the game regularly for as long as we had her.

Wish I could say I originated it, but I'm sure Marlo had a few handlings.
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I was a little nervous to click on the thread because I thought it might be related to cat JUGGLING!!!!!!!!!!

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I was a little nervous to click on the thread because I thought it might be related to cat JUGGLING!!!!!!!!!!

So that's what you do on the other side of the Pacific!?!? I'm horrified. BTW, have you ever koala juggled?
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I tried Koala juggling but couldn't bear it. BTW, I know they aren't really bears but they are super cute!
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This is funny.

In other contexts, I've sometimes suspected cats of being mentalists.
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I tried Koala juggling but couldn't bear it. BTW, I know they aren't really bears but they are super cute!
They are slightly harder to juggle than marsupial cats. You are right, Koalas are only remotely related to the most terrifying animal in Australia...the Drop Bear!
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From the Corn Exchange.  

I tried juggling with bears once. A bit grizzly. Too much porridge.  

I also tried juggling with kangaroos for a time. Always felt a bit jumpy about it.   

And then there was bird juggling. Not difficult keeping the birds in the air, but catching them was the problem. 

 I also had a go at bottle juggling. Kept losing it. 

 Fish juggling. There’s a plaice for that somewhere. 

 Dolphins and orcas weren’t so bad. Had a whale of a time. 

 

Oh well.

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From the Corn Exchange.  

I tried juggling with bears once. A bit grizzly. Too much porridge.  

I also tried juggling with kangaroos for a time. Always felt a bit jumpy about it.   

And then there was bird juggling. Not difficult keeping the birds in the air, but catching them was the problem. 

 I also had a go at bottle juggling. Kept losing it. 

 Fish juggling. There’s a plaice for that somewhere. 

 Dolphins and orcas weren’t so bad. Had a whale of a time. 

 

Oh well.



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Juggling dolphins??? I can’t see the porpoise.
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Juggling is simply the art of throwing up and catching it.
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Juggling is simply the art of throwing up and catching it.

I wouldn't say "simply".

What would you recommend for the catching? A Chop Cup? A coin pail? A bucket has more depth. Or perhaps better still, three buckets. Fill them all and increase the risk factor no end.

Probably brings a whole new meaning to sick magicians.
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Juggling is simply the art of throwing up and catching it.


I threw up last night, but there was no way I wanted to catch it!   [rofl]


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Hope you're feeling better!
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