Thursday, February 05, 2009

Jedi Mind Tricks

There is a scene in the original Star Wars film where Luke, Obi Wan Kenobi, C3-PO and R2-D2 cruise up in the land speeder and are stopped by a bunch of storm troopers. The storm troopers are looking for C3-PO and R2 and they start to question Luke and Obi-Wan and they ask for ID.

Obi-Wan raises his eyebrow and waves his fingers and says "You don't need to see his identification."

The Storm trooper pauses and says "We don't need to see his identification. "

Obi-Wan then tells the Stormtroopers "These are not the droids you are looking for."

The Storm trooper responds, "These are not the droids we are looking for."

There are a few more lines in the scene ,but the basic gist is that Obi-Wan uses Jedi Mind Tricks on the Troopers. A combination of the Force and telling the person what you want them to think and you accomplish the Jedi Mind Trick.

In Return of the Jedi, Luke tries to use the Jedi Mind Trick on Jabba the Hut and Jabba responds by saying, "That old Jedi Mind Trick won't work on me boy."

Wyatt will be three years old in June. He has never seen Star Wars but he is already trying the Jedi Mind Trick. Anytime he is caught doing something he is not supposed to be doing, he simply tells us that he is not doing whatever he is doing and hopes that we buy it.

Wyatt will be dancing on top of the coffee table. I bark, "Wyatt! Get off the coffee table."

"I an not on a coffee table."

"Yes you are." I am starring right at him on the table.

"No I an not. I a just dancing."

"Get down from the table."

"I an not on the table dad."

This will go back and forth until I either cave in (which is usually me laughing at the fact that he is in complete denial and yet in total control of the situation) and let him continue his business or I tell him that his Jedi Mind Tricks won't work on me.

I have been trying to capture the whole Mind Trick exchanges on video but for some reason I can never get the full effect. Here are just some tidbits of our exchanges

video

22 comments:

SciFi Dad said...

strong The Force is with him, yes.

Patience said...

Obviously you are not understanding what he is truly doing! It only appears that he is

~ jumping on the furniture
~ putting that thing on his head
~ drinking the bath water

You must try to seek deeper understanding.

Mindy said...

Lol...it reminds me when he said he wasn't grumpy, and wasn't Sean Penn.

Anonymous said...

BILL
THE BOYS WILL DO THIS TOO BUT YOU HAVE TO TELL WYATT THAT HE NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS VOICE TONE LIKE BENS VOICE IN ORDER FOR IT TO WORK. I LIKE WYATT'S HAIRCUT THE GIRL THAT DOES HIS HAIR MUST BE NICE! AS ALWAYS VERY FUNNY THANKS !!

Melinda said...

You old stick in the mud. Jumping on the furniture is fun.

Anonymous said...

Hey Wyatt,


Everybody's workin for the weekend!

Anonymous said...

I could have sworn that someone did a Jedi Mind Trick on me at your wedding.

Anonymous said...

If you did the casting for Star Wars, which one of your brothers would play Jabba?

kcinnova said...

My 9yo thought that video was pretty funny, but then he really likes Star Wars, too.
He also hid from me when he got home from school. For 20 minutes.

Bunny said...

Those aren't couch cushions, they are islands he is hopping on! Silly grown-ups, they just don't understand the ways of the Jedi. ;)

Steve said...

Dude, he looks like Michael Flatley, Lord of that Dance with that head band.

That will NOT be a look he's going to like years from now. (Take lots of pictures.)

James said...

Watch him closely. You don't want him to go to the Dark Side...unless that is where you already are. LOL.

JP said...

Um, Jedi tricks only work on the weak minded...On your way...

Lowa said...

My 13 year old son is the best at this. Thanks, may I steal this analogy for my blog?? I have HUNDREDS of instances of him doing exactly what Wyatt is doing. It isn't as cute when they are 13, though. Trust me.

kimmyk said...

apparently you dont understand kid speak. because clearly..as he points out..he is not doing any of those things.

Circus Kelli said...

Yeah, there seems to be a lot of that in our house, too from the two littles.

No_Newz said...

You just don't want that little boy to have any fun do ya?! Drinking bath water, jumping on furniture and wearing a karate kid headband are rights of passage. Leave that boy alone meanie! :P

Ali said...

Hmmm, that all sounds so familiar!

Chelle said...

I love the bit where he points and yells "LOOK AT THAT" thinking that you would look so that he could jump on the furniture and you didnt notice.

Awsome job Wyatt!

eclectic said...

All the kid needs now is a light saber, and you're toast, pal.

Cat said...

Heh. So cute! And SMART.

BTW, there's a super funny Jedi Mind Trick scene in the upcoming movie "Fanboys" (co-starring my girl Veronica Mars I mean Kristen Bell) that you would totally appreciate: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1462960921/

If that link gets past your spam filter, that is...

-s- said...

Yeah, it must be a toddler thing. My twin girls do that, too. Usually when I say to not drink the bath water, they say they aren't drinking bath water, it's coffee. Like that is so much better for an almost 2 year old.