Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) May 28, 2009 -- Pool playing prodigy, twenty-three months old, Keith Odell, dazzles crowds across the country, with his pool playing ability, even though his is still in diapers. Keith is the youngest member to ever join the American Pool Association.
Keith's father purchased a child-size pool-table prior to Christmas, thinking his son would be too young to show any interest in it. Keith Jnr however, quickly transferred from the kiddy-size table, to his father's full size pool table. Keith had his own website and a video on YouTube as early as February. He recently travelled to Las Vegas to perform a demonstration for the APA, after having travelled to New York City for the taping of a Rachel Ray show. Other demonstrations are scheduled for July.
The cue toting toddler watched his father shoot 200 racks of pool every evening, thus picking up his own skills.
Just as it is with most toddlers, Keith Jr. has only a very short attention span, when it comes to toy tractors. A good movie might get him to sit still for at least 30 minutes. But put a pool cue into his tiny hands and he will easily pass three hours.
While he enjoys playing pool most afternoons, he seems to get his second wind around 8 p.m. He then likes to watch a pool video until he falls asleep.
Keith joins the ever growing lineup of child prodigies - youngsters who have mastered, at a very young age, one or more skills that are equal to an adult level. Keith links with names such as Shakuntala Devi who could mentally calculate from the age of 3. Jeremey Bentham studied Latin from the age of 3. Jodelle Ferland won an Emmy Award at the tender age of 4 years old. Mohammad Hossein Tabatabai could recite from the Qur'an by the age of 2 and had it fully memorized by the age of 5.
However, being a child prodigy does not give these gifted kids a guilt-edged guarantee that they will grow up rich and famous. Some have nervous breakdowns, or simply disappear into obscurity.
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