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6-year-old makes these crazy trick shots look easy

Riley Dashwood is talented. She's also persistent.


Marisa Kabas


Posted on Jul 19, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 8:07 am CDT

Six-year-old Riley Dashwood is the definition of a hard worker: The Melbourne girl spent days perfecting a series of trick shots with household objects, all in the name of YouTube gold.

Riley’s father, Rhett, helped her prepare for her feats of physics. He shares her various truth bombs and talents on their YouTube channel, Riley Diary, and in her latest video, we see her landing some truly amazing shots.

But it didn’t come easy: According to the video description, a lot of time and effort went into making it look this easy. Here’s a breakdown of how many tries each took: 

Short tube: 12 (several successes) 
Yellow paper ball: 64
Long tube: 1 (First go, no joke)
Tennis ball rebound: 1 hour x 4 days (4 hours) approx 300
Spoon in cup: 12
Milk: 36 (over 2 days)
DVD: 34
Toothbrush: 136
Toaster: 54

Despite the long hours, Rhett says it’s ultimately good for the curly-haired cutie.

“When Riley was a bit younger she had a tendency to be a bit shy, but at home with us she was always crazy and outgoing and I just wanted to put that into a video and share that,” Rhett told Mashable Australia. “It has helped with presentation, it has helped with confidence. The reward is in itself, that we can spend time together, have something to talk about and work on together as father and daughter.”

And if the original video just wasn’t enough, Rhett and Riley shared a video of outtakes and reactions from filming.

Screengrab via Riley Diary/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 19, 2015, 2:40 pm CDT