THE BEST Talents

How to Play the Blue Danube

How to Play the Blue Danube

Charlie Albright shows us just how fast his fingers can fly across the keyboard of his Steinway with this performance of Adolf Schulz-Evler’s Arabesque of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz. Oh, and Charlie doesn’t just do classical. Check out his boogie woogie.

Wish You Were Here in Jerusalem

Wish You Were Here in Jerusalem

Brothers Aryeh and Gil Gat turn in an excellent cover version of Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic on the streets of Jerusalem. If this isn’t hard proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover, we don’t know what is. More here.

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The Watermelon King

The Watermelon King

Time-lapse footage of carver Valeriano Fatica as he spends 18 hours sculpting an intricate bust of Game of Thrones’ imposing Night’s King from a watermelon. Previously, he made a white walker from a pumpkin.

Musical Matchboxes

Musical Matchboxes

There are lots of different things you can use to create rhythms, but we find the sounds created by musician Dominik Schad and his boxes of matches to be particularly pleasing to our ears. Even better with headphones on.

Weird Beatbox Sounds

Weird Beatbox Sounds

Hailing from Portugal, beatboxer JEWOW loses his mind, flails his arms wildly, and rattles our eardrums, as he demonstrates his ability to create some absolutely insane sounds with his mouth. Also, Fargo guy plays the drumsticks.

Willian Lee: Master of Covers

Willian Lee: Master of Covers

Willian Lee turns in a spot-on cover version of Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing during a street performance in São Paulo. Not only is his guitar playing excellent, he gives Mark Knopfler’s vocals a run for their money. Check out his Clapton, Orbison, Isaak, and Bee Gees too.

Making Tiny Cup Nooodles

Making Tiny Cup Nooodles

YouTuber HMS2 makes accurate, but teensy replicas of real world items for dollhouses. Out of all of the creations on their channel, these miniature cups of instant ramen are our personal favorites. Though the tiny Pocky sticks and potato chips are equally impressive.

Cooking with Geometry

Cooking with Geometry

A talented street food vendor in China works some serious magic as he maneuvers his edible creations into a series of geometric patterns by simply jostling his tray just right. You might even say he was tossing his cookies.

MB14: Gangsta’s Paradise

MB14: Gangsta’s Paradise

Beatboxer MB14 turns in an epic performance of Coolio’s classic by layering loops of his own voice to create not only the beats and scratches, but the iconic choral parts. He would later go on to use the same track to win his way to a spot onto the French version of The Voice.

Tape Face

Tape Face

This America’s Got Talent contestant is not the hero that the show deserves, but it’s the one that it needs. Watch as this silent comedian banks on people to judge him by his looks and their love of ballads.

Finger Puppet 2.0

Finger Puppet 2.0

Puppet maker Barnaby Dixon shows off a proof-of-concept design for a new puppet that incorporates the use of his fingers to articulate its hands, feet and head. Combined with Barnaby’s solid puppeteering skills, its movements are impressively human. More here.

Virtuoso: Liquid Paper

Virtuoso: Liquid Paper

Cardistry masters Huron Low, Kevin Ho, and Daren Yeow demonstrate just why their group goes by the moniker “Virtuoso,” weaving their magical and mindbending playing card moves. Get the same awesome yellow, black, and grey deck for yourself from TheVirts.

Gothenburg Shuffle

Gothenburg Shuffle

Cardistry master Noel Larsen-Heath shows off some of his impressive card handling skills, from spinning cards on his fingertips to floating them in mid-air. The last time we saw someone bend playing cards like he does, the guy next to us at the blackjack table got shown the door.

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Firebending

Firebending

Kuma Films captured this amazing footage of a performance by a group of acrobats known as Coming True, who incorporate fiery spinny batons, a flaming jumprope, and fire breathing into their choreography.

Dogs Learn to Fly

Dogs Learn to Fly

After teaching dogs to drive cars, animal behaviorist Mark Vette and his team managed to teach some very smart rescue dogs how to take their skills to the air. We’re betting Barry the bedlington terrier would make quick work of this task.

Cardistry: Pastel Paper

Cardistry: Pastel Paper

Master playing card manipulator Zach Mueller once again works his magic, making cards do things we didn’t think were physically possible and showing off his limited-run popsicle colored Pink Fontaine cards while he’s at it.

Spinning Rings Illusions

Spinning Rings Illusions

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of act, but every time we see someone perform with these spinning rings, we can’t resist. We’re just simply too hypnotized to avoid it. Kuma Films shares some fascinating footage of the performance art known as Buugeng.

Fireball Football

Fireball Football

Football freestylers Joltter, Andrew Henderson, and Melody Donchet show off their impressive soccer ball juggling skills surrounded by a ring of fire, and with the ball itself ablaze in this cool short film from COPA90. The track is When a Fire Starts to Burn by Disclosure.

Dog Paints a Landscape

Dog Paints a Landscape

Jumpy the border collie does his best Bob Ross impression, and actually paints a rudimentary landscape scene. His trainer Omar Von Muller taught the incredibly smart dog how to follow a pointer while holding the brush in his mouth. He can also write his own name.

Gravity

Gravity

The always incredible Poppin John teamed up with dancer Solto to turn in this mindbending (and bodybending) street performance set to Revolvr & Genisis and Splitbreed’s track Unstoppable. The gimmick at the end is worth the price of admission.

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Cartoon Impressions

Cartoon Impressions

Impressionist Brock Baker returns with another round of hilarious vocalizations, this time taking on a variety of classic cartoon characters from Mickey Mouse to Hank Hill. His Zoidberg is so spot on, he could have stood in for Billy West.

Making Mud Balls

Making Mud Balls

Who knew mixing mud and water could result in such beautiful and shiny spheres? We sure didn’t. Artist Bruce Gardner shows a brief glimpse into the Japanese tradition of Hikaru Dorodango, in this short film by P2 Photography. Learn to DIY on Instructables.

Dad and Baby Beatboxing

Dad and Baby Beatboxing

Forgive the “shot with a potato” quality video, but this clip is all about the audio anyhow. Listen as Zac and his daughter show off their talents with a brief beatbox improv. We’re sure that someday she’ll show her dad who’s boss. (Thanks Carlos-David!)

Trance Bass

Trance Bass

Musician Stephen Campbell lets his fingers fly across the frets in this mesmerizing bass guitar performance of his original composition. Grab the studio recording from Soundcloud. Be sure to check out his pal Robert White’s trance guitar performance as well.

Sounds of the Earth

Sounds of the Earth

An absolutely insane performance from Ukraine Got Talent, as Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh demonstrates his unreal ability to replicate the sounds of not just creatures, but to hit operatic notes, producing a new age sound that would be the perfect backdrop for a visit to the spa.

Larry Haun: Human Nail Gun

Larry Haun: Human Nail Gun

Can a video of a man hammering nails be compelling? It is when the late carpenter and teacher Larry Haun’s doing it. Watch him sink metal into wood like a freakin’ magician in this excerpt from his instructional video Framing Walls. Skip to 5:15.

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