Talents

America’s Got Weed

America’s Got Weed

Comedian and wacky weed enthusiast Gadi Wilcherski cleverly reworked footage from America’s Got Talent with footage of himself taking bong hits, scoring big with the judges along the way. He also showed off his talents on The Voice Israel.

Megalovania PVC Pipe Cover

Megalovania PVC Pipe Cover

Musicians Aaron Grooves and Snubby J teamed up for this lively cover version of the track Megalovania from the game Undertale, performing it on a Blue Man Group-inspired PVC pipe marimba, also known as RimbaTubes. We also spotted Snubby and Heather Freed’s great pipe and harp cover of Paint It Black.

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Techno Jew’s Harp

Techno Jew’s Harp

We already know what it sounds like when 30 jew’s harp players perform a song together. Now hear how its unique and twangy sounds can be used to play techno music, courtesy of musician Ildar Gimadiev, who had us dancing to the beat by the end. (Thanks OrionFyre!)

World Champion Whistler

World Champion Whistler

WIRED introduces us to Sean Lomax, International Grand Champion whistler. With years of practice honing his unique skill, Sean has delighted audiences around the world. Along the way, he provides some tricks and techniques to improve your own whistling abilities. One of his secrets? Eat a peach before you pucker up and blow.

Fingerstyle Gangsta’s Paradise

Fingerstyle Gangsta’s Paradise

The fantastically talented Luca Stricagnoli performs a beautifully multilayered fingerstyle cover of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, offering up a proper nod to Stevie Wonder’s original Pastime Paradise. The percussive accessory Luca is wearing on his thumb is the Guitar Ring.

Tallest Outdoor Card House

Tallest Outdoor Card House

Coolest Thing introduces us to Bryan Berg, a professional card stacker who holds several Guinness World Records for his gigantic and complex houses of cards. Now, Berg attempts to build one of his paper skyscrapers with a twist – assembling it outdoors. Along the way, he explains a bit of his architectural technique.

Feng E: Comfortably Numb

Feng E: Comfortably Numb

Musician Feng E might only be 12 years old at the time of this post, but he continues to wow us with his talent. Here, he performs a fingerstyle cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb with all of the nuance and depth that you’d expect from someone with many more years of experience.

Spider-Woman Climbs a Wall

Spider-Woman Climbs a Wall

If you’ve ever made your way up the face of a climbing wall, you know it can take time, strength, and patience to make it to the top. Or you could be Aries Susanti Rahayu, the first woman ever to climb a 15-meter wall in under 7 seconds. Don’t blink, or you might miss it.

Reverse Freerunning

Reverse Freerunning

Athlete Jason Paul showed off his amazing freerunning skills on the streets of Frankfurt, Germany, then the guys from Red Bull played the whole thing in reverse, making his already impressive tricks even more magical. The backwards staircase and dump truck slides were our favorite effects.

Miserlou: Chinese Style

Miserlou: Chinese Style

Musicians Bei Bei Zheng and Vera Yaqi Mackay perform a unique arrangement of Dick Dale and the Del Tones’ 1963 surf rock classic Misirlou, giving it a distinctively Asian flair when led off by a 21-string Chinese instrument known as a guzheng, with accompaniment on piano.

Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Musician Marcos Kaiser is a master of fingerstyle guitar technique. Check out his awesome renditions of themes from Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario World, and Mortal Kombat, then browse his YouTube channel for more great covers from TV and movies.

Avengers Assembly Dance

Avengers Assembly Dance

A group of talented kids from Walden Grove High School’s PAC Dance Team take on the world of The Avengers with a highly-energetic and highly-entertaining routine that recaps highlights from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as our costumed superheroes perform choreographed battle with Thanos and his Black Order.

Drawing Like a Printer

Drawing Like a Printer

Artist DP Truong is capable of drawing portraits with all kinds of interesting techniques. For this image of Will Smith inspired by Gemini Man, she used the line-by-line approach that a dot-matrix or inkjet printer would use to create an image from top to bottom.

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Playing the Balloon Bass

Playing the Balloon Bass

Musician Addi Somekh has been playing his unique musical instrument for more than 10 years now, so there’s no wonder he’s perfected his ability to eke a wide variety of notes and sounds out of a couple of balloons. His buddy Joey on the electric bass ain’t too shabby either.

Sansula Master

Sansula Master

Percussionist Conny Sommer is an expert at playing a variety of instruments, including the kalimba and the sansula, both of which are playing by plucking metal keys with the fingertips. We’re amazed by the finesse he’s able to get out of such a simple instrument.

Nintendo Beatbox Medley

Nintendo Beatbox Medley

Beatboxer 80Fitz presents mouth sound versions of classic Nintendo music, including tracks from Super Mario Bros., Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario World, Kirby’s Dream Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Yoyo Ninja

Yoyo Ninja

Kuma Films spent some time on the streets of Tokyo, Japan with 2A Yoyo World Champion Shu Takada, as he showed off an amazing combination of tricks that blend the wheel-spinning sport with acrobatic flips and dance.

Crazy Freestyle BMX Stunts

Crazy Freestyle BMX Stunts

BMX rider Tate Roskelley takes the term “freestyle” quite literally, pulling off some wacky and wild tricks that we’ve certainly never seen. His repertoire includes limboing under nets, playing mini golf with his tires, and using a milk crate as a temporary third wheel.

Kian Soltani: Tiny Desk Concert

Kian Soltani: Tiny Desk Concert

Listen up as NPR’s offices are filled with rich and vibrant sounds made by musician Kian Soltani and his rare Giovanni Grancino cello, made way back in 1680. The tracks are Hungarian Rhapsody by Popper, Nacht und Träume by Schubert (arr. Soltani), and Persian Fire Dance, by Soltani himself. That’s Christopher Schmitt on piano.

YYZ Blindfolded

YYZ Blindfolded

The 1981 Rush instrumental track YYZ is known for its intense rhythm track, but that didn’t stop musician Mitch Bruzzese from performing the daunting track live for his Twitch followers – while wearing a blindfold for the entire 4+ minute song.

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Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

The multitalented Aaron Grooves and Jared Charney Cohen collaborated for this fun tap dance, piano, and xylophone performance of the “Athletic” theme music from Super Mario World. If you need a smile today, this video should do the trick.

Grand Piano Island

Grand Piano Island

Pianist Pavel Andreev performs in one of the most exclusive venues we’ve ever seen – on a man-made floating square island in the middle of the lake in Karelia, Russia’s stunning marble canyon. They had to lower the piano on a crane from above, then floated it into the lake.

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredibly challenging song to play when you have the proper instruments. To prove his bass-playing chops, musician Zander Zon managed to perform a compelling rendition entirely on his bass guitar. We’re amazed that he was able to extract such range from the 4-string instrument.

Rhapsody of Queen

Rhapsody of Queen

Pianist Eshan Denipitiya presents a virtuosic medley of three classic Queen tracks performed flawlessly on the grand piano. He goes on to ask us which is our favorite, but can you really choose between Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions? and We Will Rock You?

Beatboxing by B-ART

Beatboxing by B-ART

Swissbeatbox shared this footage of champion beatboxer B-ART at the 2019 Florida Beatbox Festival, as he captivated the crowd with his insane microphone and noise-making skills in a truly fast and furious performance. Who needs a drum machine with this guy around?

Parallel

Parallel

In filmmaker Brandon Semenuk and Rupert Walker’s short action film, mountain bike riders Semenuk and Ryan “R-Dog” Howard pair up in close proximity to show off their skills and daring, while being pursued by an expertly-flown drone. Enjoy another 100 seconds of Semenuk goodness here.

Tom Kenny Improvs Characters

Tom Kenny Improvs Characters

Best known as SpongeBob Squarepants, voice actor Tom Kenny has been featured in numerous cartoons since the 1990s. In this funny Vanity Fair clip, he was put on the spot and asked to improvise voices for five new characters. It’s amazing how he brings all of them to life.

Badminton Smash Skills

Badminton Smash Skills

Think badminton is a game for wussies? You’ll rethink your position after watching this this doubles match footage as player Goh Wei Shem shows off his insanely powerful jumping smash shot. Our arms and ankles are sore just from watching this video. Basically, this guy is the Michael Jordan of the shuttlecock.

Korean Clearwater Revival

Korean Clearwater Revival

Musician Luna Lee is back to play us another wonderful interpretation of a rock and roll tune, this time taking on the 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival track Have You Ever Seen the Rain. There’s just something so soothing about the sound of the gayageum.

Cyr Wheel of Fortune

Cyr Wheel of Fortune

Kuma Films captured this beautifully elegant performance by dancer and athlete A-Chen. Watch in awe as he deftly balances on and inside of his Cyr wheel, and makes the oversize hula hoop do precisely what he asks of it.

Eminem on Guitar

Eminem on Guitar

May I have your attention, please? Musician Luca Stricagnoli is back with his triple-necked guitar to entertain us with another great acoustic cover – this time taking on Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady with some funky fingerstyle picking. As an added bonus, this version won’t offend anyone.

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