Pet Please #147: Catching Something with Superhuman Reflexes

One of my favorite cinematic moments is in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Michelle Yeoh suspects that Zhang Ziyi is hiding some special abilities, so she tests her reflexes by dropping a cup of tea. Ziyi instinctively catches it and returns it to the table. I’ve linked to the clip at the bottom of this post.

Even better than this is when it happens in real life. Someone drops a pen or knocks a coin off a table, and without thinking, you smoothly snatch it out of the air. You probably couldn’t repeat it if you tried.

It’s just a little thing, but I love how it feels. There’s something primal and magical about it. It’s not the type of thing I typically lock away in my memory, but I’ll try to remember the next time it happens and note it here–I invite you to do the same!