Until today, the most impressive balancing acts I've ever seen generally involved an inebriated bar-goer juggling a couple of pints of beer without spilling a drop.
That's an impressive feat on its own, but it pales in comparison to the impossibly ridiculous balancing acts performed by Mädir Eugster of the Swiss circus troupe Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque. In this king of all balancing acts known as Sanddornbalance (which I've come to know as CTRL-V because that's one heck of a tricky spelling), Eugster balances 14 palm branches and a feather using just one hand and his head as he tries to grasp for the single feather, tantalizingly hanging a few feet away from his grip. He transfers the weight of the entire structure to his head before balancing the entirety on a single vertical pole. As soon as he grabs the feather, the entire structure beautifully comes apart in glorious slow motion.
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