With three sticks; one for each hand! What are the benefits? What are the limitations? How do you find the perfect balance? It’s no accident that the name of the trick is called the Three-Stick Trick. With the Three-Stick Trick, you take two sticks — a stick one hand and a stick a hand — and use them to pull down or push up things. You have three different actions to do with those two sticks. The first action is to stick together and push a small ball into a target with the second and third sticks. The third action is to stick together — hold one of the two sticks with your right hand — and with your left hand turn a ball into a target that is only visible with your right eye. Finally you switch hands and use the third stick in your left hand to swing out a long stick — and as long as you keep your hands still you can rotate the long stick in ways that allow you to move the whole of the world onto a target in your right hand. All three sticks do the exact same thing. They are the hand-sized version of the entire magic trick that you just witnessed.
What does it feel like to live in a world where the government is taking away your personal rights? For many people it would be a nightmare.
So how does it feel to be one of those “indefinite migrants” from Afghanistan, who can only now be released from a war-torn country after two years of captivity?
One such man, 22-year-old Mohammad, told The Independent his ordeal of being held in detention centres in Syria.
During his five years in captivity he suffered verbal abuse at the hands of the authorities and was subject to mock executions by his guards.
“When I was at the camp I’d always ask why I was there, sometimes being beaten at times but I realised what was going on and why I wasn’t allowed to go home,” he said of his time at a facility in Raqqa.
“My captors wouldn’t let us go to school and I just realised I wanted to stay there anyway.”
Mr Mohammad describes his treatment in Raqqa as “worse than the situation in Darfur”.
“It was awful. I would get angry when I saw people get away with crimes like theft and murder,” he says. “If you didn’t look like a man from the street you were arrested and thrown in jail.”
A few weeks later he was taken to a military