As Rodney Dangerfield might say, mimes can’t get no respect. While many people dismiss mimes as clowns, they are actually very skilled, yet they’re more commonly scorned than appreciated. Back in September of 1997, BBC One’s show Room 101 featured a guest mime, Les Bubb, and he shows us all how it’s done:
The strength and balance required to make a balloon seem unmovable is truly impressive. We could watch this all day. But this illusion of weight and heaviness (of something that is really nothing) also makes us think of a line from Galatians 6:
Bear with one another’s burdens and you will fulfill the law of Christ.
For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself.
Each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast with regard to himself alone, and not with regard to someone else; for each will bear his own load.
Or, as Mother Angelica might say, Everyone drags his own carcass to market, so be careful. Don’t let illusions get you down.