Rarely am I at a loss for words, but I found myself just mesmerized with this video. Apparently, Ravi likes “cubing” and juggling, so he put the two together and, well, you have to see it to believe it.
As for me and my cubing skills, it used to only take me about 3 minutes to finish ANY messed up Rubik’s cube. I learned my method in the 4th grade, when me and my crew always had at least one Rubik’s cube on hand. The Cube, by the way, can be rearranged in 43 quintillion different ways (43,000,000,000,000,000,000). That’s a fact.
Now there were some circles who had their own method, which involved the careful removal of the colored stickers so they could be re-affixed in the “solved” position.
These circles generally included at least one girl — presumably with the requisite nail length to get the corner of the sticker to come off. Time consuming, nail requiring and, honestly, those stickers never look quite right after a few peels.
Let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to convince people that you solved The Cube – particularly when your sticker corners are all messed up. Not gonna happen. At least it wouldn’t in my old stomping grounds. The first thing we would do when someone said they solved a cube was to check the stickers. One strange sticker corner and you’re getting called out with a nuh-uh.
Which brings me back to me and my crew. One side? Easy. Two sides? Getting tricky. Three sides? Hmmmmm. Bust that thang open. It’s quicker than peeling, but it’s not exactly easy.
To get The Cube to come apart, you need to finesse it. Too much force and you can break it or, at the very least, send some pieces flying so far that you would need a cube Geiger counter (Ruber counter?) to find them all.
Unfortunately, the problem with both schools of unconventional Rubik’s cube solving is that it requires privacy, diversion and subterfuge. Tough to do in a 40×40 room filled with 25 kids.
Which brings me to the craftiest cube solving ploy of them all. The cube double. Let it sink in, kiddos. Keep a spare, solved cube in an easily accessible place. Whenever you’re pressed to solve El Cubo, you just need to pull off a quick swap.
But this isn’t about me. Or you. Or my old cube-double stasher, Glenn. Or the fact that Mr. Cane never returned my Electronic Quarterback after he took it away from Mathew for turning it on during class (nope – I still haven’t forgotten, Mr. C).
No, this is about Ravi and his amazing ability to cube juggle.
Is this video for real? Watch closely — you be the judge.
Source: YouTube / Ravi Fernando