Test Your Coordination (Sep, 1945)

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Test Your Coordination

By Luis Hochman

IS YOUR party growing dull? Are your guests looking at their watches, yawning, and searching for the nearest exit? Then it is time to bring out some new fun in the form of a contest of skill with paper and pencil. The props are simple, just plain writing paper and a couple of pencils …. the stunts, well suppose you try them.

As a starter, see how fast you can write backwards. With a little practice, it should be easy to develop a speed equal to that of normal writing.

The trick is to use your left hand. This makes it easier for you to reverse your reflexes and write with more ease in this manner. Leonardo DaVinci, who was naturally left-handed, always wrote backwards and his writings had to be read with the aid of a mirror.

Once you’ve got your left hand writing in reverse, take another pencil in your right hand and write with both hands simultaneously, the left hand writing backwards and the right, forwards. To make this task easier, concentrate on your left hand reverse writing. Your right hand will generally function automatically from habit.

Now comes a toughy. With a pencil in each hand, write two different, numbers, simultaneously. This takes plenty of practice, but isn’t too hard, once you’ve managed individual control over each hand.

If you come through that one all right, try upside-down writing. This isn’t too hard, so to make it a little tougher, start with the last letter of the word and work your way backwards and upside-down to the first letter of the word.

Now try this. Take a pencil in each hand and write two different words, one with each hand, simultaneously at one and the same time, one frontwards and right side up, and the other backwards and upside-down. That’s all, folks!

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