CHICAGO — Jamel Williams has become an overnight sensation in Chicago after he was caught on video balancing a hat on his head at a Cubs game.
Video of Williams shows the Chicago Heights man smiling wide as he balanced the brim of a baseball cap on his forehead and danced around at the Monday night game. He then flawlessly dropped the cap back on his head and threw out his hands, a true showman.
The clip, shown on TV during the game, spread quickly on the internet and variations of it have been watched thousands of times.
But Williams — who goes by “Yogi” after the cartoon bear — said he didn’t even realize he was on TV when he did his trick.
“I love to make people laugh,” Williams said Tuesday. “It was like I kept doing the hat trick and a lot of people around me were saying their friends or family saw me on TV. I was like, ‘Really? Holy cow!'”
Williams called his mom at home to see if he had been on the TV — and yep, she’d seen him, she said.
“I guess I got their attention,” Williams said, laughing excitedly about his newfound fame. “My family and friends saw me on TV. Ho-lee cow.”
Williams was interviewed by NBC5 at the game and said he can’t can’t believe how much attention he’s gotten. He’s also heard from a host of other TV shows wanting to feature him.
But Williams is hoping the Cubs reach out, too, he said: He’d love to meet Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant or Jason Heyward.
Williams has been a Cubs fan since 2014, when he started going to games with a friend. Monday’s matchup against the Reds was his ninth game of the season — and his Instagram shows he frequently balances his hats on his head at the games.
“I love all Chicago,” Williams said. “The Cubs are really whacko. I love it.”
Williams always roots for the North Side team, he said, and he’s also always showing off his hat trick.
“All the time, at bars and also parties,” Williams said. “It’s a heck of a wonderful time. I love to make people happy and pour out my heart to everyone.”
Williams learned how to balance unusual objects back in 2005, when he was in a high school circus production. His director and teacher showed Williams how to balance a broom on his chin, and he’s done it since then.
Then, in 2017, people started requesting Williams try to balance a hat on his forehead.
He gave it a try and “it really worked!” he said.
“The trick is: You have to steady it and follow the hat where it goes and you gotta focus on it.”
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