Spinning a basketball on your fingertip

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  1. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    Can anyone do this proficiently? I've been trying to learn this trick, and can sometimes impress myself for a brief moment, but I'd love to be able to do it with ease. Anyone have tips?

    Jon
     
  2. Paul Jannatpour

    Paul Jannatpour Auditioning

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    I am somewhat proficient in that I can spin a basketball on any of the five fingers of my right hand and can switch back and forth between fingers. I have taught a few friends how to do it and the most important tip from my experience would be to make sure to spin the ball on the edge of your finger nail rather than your fingertip. Also, try to get a little bit of bend in your finger (don't point it straight up). Beyond that, repetition seems to be the key. Much like juggling, you try and try and then all of a sudden you get it and you can do it without even thinking about it.

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  3. Bob McLaughlin

    Bob McLaughlin Screenwriter

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    Practice, practice, practice!

    Try using a slightly deflated basketball, this will cause a slight dimple in the surface and give you a little more control. After you practice, work up to full inflation.

    You can also practice spining couch pillows!
     
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  5. Dave Poehlman

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    Maybe practice by using a 16lb bowling ball with your finger in one of the holes.... and do it in a china shop.

    Well... maybe thats a bad idea.
     
  6. NickSo

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    lol, one of my classmates can spin textbooks with his fingers... he practices it soo much... freeeaaaak... :p)
     

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