Here’s a thing you may not know: millions of Brits admit to having a secret ‘must-see talent’ – but most of us are usually too reserved to ever show off about it.
Mine for example, even though it’s the last thing you want to hear, is my ability to be a functioning adult. However for some reason whenever I’m in any public space, or around people generally, I just get cold feet!
But apparently the most common ‘party trick’ among Brits is card shuffling, with 52 per cent of people claiming they could pull it off.
On the more challenging side, one in five reckon they could master ‘The Robot’ dance move while 17 per cent of history buffs could recount Britain’s kings and queens of old.
A bit more randomly, 27 per cent of Brits could put on a convincing shadow puppet show, and one in five aspiring Dele Allis would turn to keepie-uppies to floor an audience.
Sadly, one in ten have never revealed their secret skill to anyone, while half only perform every now and then because of their shyness.
Jason Hargreaves, CEO of Matalan, which is encouraging shy Brits to share their hidden talents as part of the #GetSpotted campaign for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity, said:
This is the fourth year of our partnership with Alder Hey and this year we are asking people to #GetSpotted by showing us their hidden talents.Some of our favourite celebs have already joined the campaign by showing us their secret skills, including Louisa Johnson, Oliver Proudlock and Daisy Lowe – who can very impressively do ‘the splits’ on cue!
It also emerged one in seven supple respondents can touch their nose with their big toe, and 12 per cent would be happy to demonstrate their double-jointedness.
A shaky six per cent can make their eyeballs vibrate in their sockets, and 12 per cent have a bevy of birdcalls to call upon to wow at woodland gatherings.
But far from being shy, a third of talented Brits wish they had more opportunity to share their gift with the world but can’t find enough excuses to perform.
Researchers also found more than one in four believe everyone has a hidden talent, and two in five wish they had more time to themselves to hone their own party trick skills.
Surprisingly, one in ten have entered into a talent show in the past, while 13 per cent have thought about taking part but bottled it at the last minute.
And an enterprising one in six has turned their talent to their advantage, performing their unusual skill for cash or to scoop the winnings in a wager.
The study also revealed that when it comes to gifted celebs, Brits were most surprised to learn of actor Christopher Walken’s skills as a lion tamer, followed by ‘Hairy Biker’ Dave Myers’ history as a make-up artist.
Angelina Jolie’s proficiency at piloting a plane also impressed, as did Pierce Brosnan’s abilities at fire-eating.
Louisa Johnson, who is a supporter of the #GetSpotted campaign, said:
It has been so much fun being involved with Alder Hey and seeing all the hidden talents out there.Watching Daisy Lowe do the splits was impressive, and Oliver Proudlock trying to reach his nose with his tongue was hilarious!
Every Brit who posts their party trick or talent to Matalan.co.uk/GetSpotted wi
ll be in with the chance of winning an exclusive intimate gig with Louisa Johnson, and meet her in person. So if that’s the one for you, go get ’em.