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College Magician Gets Pulled Over, Dazzles Cops with Juggling Prowess

"Nobody can do that intoxicated."

by Brian Moylan
Mar 7 2017, 6:10pm

Everyone knows about the usual sobriety tests cops use before pulling out the breathalyzer: touching your nose with either hand, walking a straight line, saying the alphabet backward. But in Conway, Arkansas, apparently pulling out a few bowling pins and proving you can juggle them flawlessly works, too.

According to Arkansas Matters, University of Central Arkansas junior Blayk Puckett was driving home from the library rather slowly one night, when his broken brake light attracted the attention of a couple of cops who decided to pull him over.

"A lot of times, especially around a college campus later in the night, the driving gets slower, especially if they almost hit a curb once," Sergeant Keith McKay, one of the officers, told KARK. "It's a typical indication they might be impaired." 

In their exchange, which was all captured on the cops' dash and body cameras, McKay asks Puckett to get out of his car to take a look at the broken tail light. That's when the officer notices Puckett's personalized license plate—which read "JUGGLER"—and the student informed the cop that he was also a magician.

"Can I see a magic trick?" McKay asks. "You don't have to, I don't want you to feel any pressure."

"I'll do some magic, if you insist," Puckett says. "I'm also a juggler!" 

Puckett then opens the rear door of his car to pull out three large bowling pins and decides to give the two officers a demonstration of his serious juggling skills. Luckily the whole thing was caught on camera, in a few angles, for our viewing pleasure. 

After Puckett finished his routine, McKay thanked the young magician before letting him know that while he was pulled over for a broken tail light, they also thought he might have been drinking, too. 

"You're obviously fine, though," McKay admits. "Nobody can do that intoxicated."

"It's just more fun when you can juggle and have more fun with the officers than a standard traffic stop that's boring and scary," Puckett told KARK after the incident. He liked the cops so much that he tracked them down later to fulfill their initial request to perform a few magic tricks for them.