2016 December 5, 8:45pm Pictures of my cane standing by itself a few minutes ago in the back of an auditorium in the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street NW, Washington DC, after a video presentation of a recent* lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus on "The Fiction of Memory."
(Note: The cane has nothing to do with the lecture**. I was just explaining why I was in the auditorium. Balancing my cane on carpets*** is one of my hobbies.)

The third picture**** shows me pretending to use a magical gesture to hold the cane up.

The cane stayed up over two minutes.
* In the video, she discussed the Presidential election.
** Incidentally, there is a TED Talk of Dr. Loftus at
http://blog.ted.com/tk-elizabeth-loftus-at-tedglobal-2013/ (Click on that link.)
*** Balancing it on a hard surface is much more difficult
**** The fourth picture shows another balancing, five minutes before.

I put the cane up also five minutes before that. It stayed up about a minute.

Here's a picture from a few months before, during a Bible study meeting, at which the pastor, Chuck Booker, made the pun about "raising cane."

Bill Weitzel