Awesome Talents

Bounce Juggling

Bounce Juggling

Kateryna Nikiforova is an expert at bounce juggling, a type of juggling that involves bouncing objects off of a hard surface. Here, she shows off her coordination and timing using a set of angled bounce surfaces. We love this color-embellished video of one of her routines too.

MB14: Genius

MB14: Genius

French musician MB14 shows off his impressive mix of beatboxing, live-looping, and singing skills with a creative solo cover of the LSD (Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo) track Genius. He tosses in a bit of whistling and an operatic falsetto for bonus points. Despite the pause, the song is far from over at 1:45.

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House of the Rising Sun: Low Bass Cover

House of the Rising Sun: Low Bass Cover

Geoff Castellucci has an incredible voice – and the looks to go with. After vibrating our eardrums with his deep bass, he breaks out into a multi-layered a capella performance of The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun that shows off his vocal range. Dig it? Check out his covers of Sixteen Tons and High and Dry.

Octuple Trampoline Backflip

Octuple Trampoline Backflip

If you catch enough air on a trampoline, it’s not terribly hard to do a single or even a double backflip. But Ernest Brenchley from Radial Flipz is an overachiever, and with the help of a few of his friends adding some extra spring, he managed to pull a record-setting 8-rotation backflip before coming in for a landing.

Ladder Climbing Races

Ladder Climbing Races

Russian firefighter Artur Prosport shared video of a competition where participants show off their speed climbing a building. Each player must run to the wall carrying a one-story ladder, then use it to ascend three floors as quickly as possible. We imagine this would be much slower if they were wearing their firefighting gear.

Yodeling Triple-Threat

Yodeling Triple-Threat

Now here’s something you don’t see every day… a guy playing the accordion, yodeling as fast as humanly possible, and smoking a cigarette at the same time. We’d only wish we could have been there to see the performance in person while we glugged down a giant stein of beer.

The Most Bubbles in a Bubble

The Most Bubbles in a Bubble

Because there has to be a Guinness World Record for every possible thing, Chang Yu-Te blew an impressive 783 individual soap bubbles into the middle of one larger soap bubble before it eventually popped. This is one record to which we say, “DO try this at home” – just be sure to wipe down the floor with a towel afterward.

Making Tea with a Semi

Making Tea with a Semi

It’s tricky enough to back up an 18-wheeler in a straight line, but truck driver Niall Reid is a show-off. Not only did he roll his truck wheels backward without hitting the teacup on the ground, but he also used its hydraulic suspension to dip a tea bag into it for his afternoon break.

Synchronized Slinkies

Synchronized Slinkies

The guys from Douyin channel Rainbow Circle love to show off their skills using rainbow-colored slinky-type toys. Among their performances is this duo handling their colorful spring toys in perfect sync. And then there’s this triple-threat.

One Man ’90s Disney Movie Medley

One Man ’90s Disney Movie Medley

Vocalist Nick Pitera demonstrates his vocal range and ability to hit the high notes in this medley of eight songs from Disney musical movies that came out in the 1990s. Tracks include The Bells of Notre Dame, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, Hakuna Matata, A Whole New World, and The Mob Song.

How to Cross a Canal

How to Cross a Canal

Bridges? We don’t need no stinkin’ bridges. We imagine that’s the thought going through Adrien Raza’s head when he sees the canal standing between him and the other side. Instead, he just gets out his skimboard and glides all the way across on the surface of the water.

Master of the Potato

Master of the Potato

We’re not sure who the chef is behind this video, but he’s got some serious knife skills. Our jaws dropped when we saw the amazing lattice that emerged after he made a series of partial cuts through a slice of potato. Sure, the video has been sped up, but his precision is still on point.

Precision Cookie Decorating

Precision Cookie Decorating

Every time we’ve tried to write “Happy Birthday” on a cake, it comes out a sloppy mess. Pastry artist Manna-Tanuki shows us how it’s done, creating incredibly precise and clean lines in the icing of a Pocket Pikachu cookie. Check out their YouTube channel for more complicated designs, like this epic My Neighbor Totoro cookie.

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Fire Breathing Staircase Trick

Fire Breathing Staircase Trick

Fire breathing is usually a solo endeavor, but not for these guys who turned it into a team activity. Derrick Vermin and his pals pulled off this amazing trick known as the Ascending Dragon, passing fire from one daredevil to another and climbing from the ground floor to the roof of a building.

Welcome to Whatever This Is

Welcome to Whatever This Is

(PG-13: Language) Musician Akintoye spits an incredible sequence of rhymes about inequality and current state of affairs after years of oppression. His rapid-fire rap gets faster and faster as it reaches its apex. In case you needed any help pronouncing his name, he’s got you covered.

Unicycle High Jump

Unicycle High Jump

It’s tricky enough to balance on a unicycle, let alone jump one in the air and land back on its wheel without falling on your face. But Mike Taylor is a unicycle high jumper, and can launch his one-wheeler from the ground onto a stack of 10 shipping pallets, measuring roughly 61″ high.

The Real Smoothie King

The Real Smoothie King

When we want a smoothie, we just stick the ingredients in a blender and push a button. But when you’re a show-off like this guy, you do it with a bit more flair. We watched in awe as this unidentified smoothie expert deftly filled cup after cup without spilling a drop.

Snaremaster 9000

Snaremaster 9000

Percussionist Timothy Fletcher shows his snare drum who’s boss in this spectacular demonstration of rhythm, dexterity, and choreography skills. The track is the DJ Smallz 732 remix of Fun.’s We Are Young. We rather enjoyed his Spongebob Squarepants flow too.

Writing Beatbox Lyrics

Writing Beatbox Lyrics

When you sing a song, there are usually lyrics written down somewhere. But we never thought that way about beatboxing until now. Vocal master verbalese takes notes on the mouth sounds he makes to help explain his process, and to document his tunes so they can be replicated. More beatboxing lyrics here and here.

Throwing a Boomerang Axe

Throwing a Boomerang Axe

It takes time and effort to learn to throw a boomerang and have it come back to you. But even if we had all the boomerang throwing skills in the world, we wouldn’t attempt what Master S. Kamaraj of Vajram Warriors does – throwing and catching a boomerang with an axe head. He also has done it with a double-sided axe head.

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No-Hands Rock Climbing

No-Hands Rock Climbing

Climbing rocks and boulders typically requires the use of all of your available limbs. But rock climber Johnny Dawes has such impeccable balance (and sticky shoes) that he can climb boulders and even a sheer rock face without using his hands at all. He looks quite dapper doing it in that tweed jacket.

Insane Dance Moves

Insane Dance Moves

Freestyle hip hop dancer and So You Think You Can Dance season 10 champ Fik-Shun Stegall shows off his incredible muscle control, balance, and precision in this performance from the 2014 World of Dance in Las Vegas.

One-String Guitar

One-String Guitar

A guitar typically has six strings. Even if you break one, you still have five to make music with. A follower of guitarist Ichika Nito wanted to know if he could play a song with just a single string, so he obliged. Can you imagine what he could do with a two-string guitar?

Playing the Violin with One Arm

Playing the Violin with One Arm

Nurse and musician Manani Ito tragically lost her arm in a car accident back in 2004. Despite the challenges, she has figured out a way to continue playing the violin, using a custom prosthetic that attaches to her shoulder, and lets her control the bow’s movement.

Playing the Mouth Trumpet

Playing the Mouth Trumpet

Comedian Taylor aka Itzabennie possesses a unique talent. She can put her lips together and blow in just the right way to make them sound like exactly like a trumpet. After you enjoy some Benny Goodman, how about the Imperial March or La Vie en Rose?

Low-budget Drum Kit

Low-budget Drum Kit

If you look around, you can find a bargain-basement drum kit for about $200. But if even that’s not in your budget, you could do what Deden Noy did, and make your own drums from plastic buckets, water bottles, scrap metal, and packing tape. Check out his YouTube channel for more performances.

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