When I would hang upside down by my legs, grab the pole above my head and let my body ease away from the pole, and let go with my legs...it was terrifying. I saw nothing between me and going face first into the floor. So even with mecracker holding me up so I don't crash, I found myself screaming. Yeah, I'm a wuss like that when it comes to the possibility of crashing into the floor with my head.
I was ready to give up for the night but he made me keep trying, thank goodness! My hands are now calloused from the efforts. This trick is really hard. I mean it defies gravity, or at least requires a very precarious balance to do so (like walking a tight rope with your arms). While I wasn't able to complete the new trick in one night, I did get the arm grip down pretty well to the point where I naturally go into it correctly. I'm looking forward to trying the trick again the next time he can come over and spot me.