All Ready, Lift! Brains only Need for Strength Feats (Feb, 1933)

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All Ready, Lift! Brains only Need for Strength Feats

FEATS of strong men all remind us—” no, that’s wrong as far as quoting poetry is concerned! What we do want to say is that brains — not strength — is the prime need for all these stunts we see performed almost every day.

Take the case of a small 100-pound girl. She can resist the efforts of the strongest man who strives to lift her from the floor by getting him to place both his hands on her waist. Unnoticed and quite unconsciously her right hand rests on his left wrist and her left on the jugular vein region of his neck. With a slight outward pressure of the left hand and a gentle pressure downward with the right, the strong man’s strength is deflected.

One of the most popular of lifting stunts is that of lifting a person in a chair without apparent effort. The person in the chair must be instructed in three important points before the trick can be successfully accomplished; the feet must rest firmly on the floor, the chair must be grasped firmly in both hands, and the body, legs and arms kept perfectly rigid. With these points thoroughly in mind you are ready to go ahead with the trick.

Here is what happens. When you rest your hands on the back of the chair and push outward the approximate 20-pound pressure you exert is taken up by the body of the sitter and multiplied several times. The chair rises several inches from the floor. The sitter’s legs do the whole work.

A neat little stunt which shows the power of a single finger is the “five finger” lift. Two men place their index fingers under the instep of the medium, the third man puts his index fingers under the elbows while the fourth man puts his index finger under the subject’s chin. By-lifting simultaneously the subject can be raised high up into the air without much effort. This can also be performed by having the subject lie on his back and placing the fingers on the back of the neck and behind the ankle.

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