Jedi Mind Tricks

May 25, 2012

I remember the first time I saw the movie Star Wars. I was so impressed with it, that I fashioned light sabers out of rolled up newspapers, colored them in with sketch pens, and pretended to have light sabre fights with other kids. There was also this mysterious “The Force” in the movie, which allowed the Jedi (who’re like these awesome heroes) to control things with their mind. Take a look at this clip where Obi Wan Kanobi opens a door with The Force.

Sometimes, when I’m standing by myself waiting for a lift, I’ll pretend like I’m a Jedi, and I’ll wave my hand at the lift, mentioning it to open. And if I time it just right, the lift doors open just as I make my Jedi-style hand-wave, and it looks like I’ve opened the lift with my mind. It’s a really cool feeling – You folks should try it sometime.

This one time, I was waiting for the lift at my apartment complex, when a kid came and stood next to me. This kid was maybe 7 years old, and I decided that it would be really cool if I did my Jedi trick and opened the lift’s doors, and it would freak him out. And so, I said, “Hey, you want to see a cool trick?”, and the kid responded “Sure!”. So, just as the lift was about to open at our floor, I lifted up my hand and was about to wave at the door, when it suddenly hit me:

“This kid doesn’t know what Star Wars is! He won’t get how cool this is!”

Crap. Now I’m standing in front of the lift with my hand stretched out and nothing to say. I’m going to make a fool out of myself in front of this 7 year old kid. Damit!

I stood there, about to panic, and just a millisecond before the lift’s doors opened, I decided to blurt out something, just to avoid looking like a fool!

“Khul Ja Sim Sim!” I said, and that too in my most epic voice.

The kid just stared at me, befuddled. I’m sure he was totally confused as to what the hell I was doing. He just shook his head in dismay and walked into the lift. I was too embarrassed to get in, so I mumbled something about the stairs being healthier, and walked up the stairs.

Great! Now a 7-year old kid has bested me. The kid may have won this round, but this was not over. I was going to come up with a more elaborate plan and it was going to be epic!

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