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Charlotte teen solves Rubik's Cube in seconds

Natalie Smith (Kristen Hampton | WBTV) Natalie Smith (Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
Natalie Smith works on a Rubik's Cube (Kristen Hampton) Natalie Smith works on a Rubik's Cube (Kristen Hampton)
Natalie Smith works on a Rubik's Cube (Kristen Hampton) Natalie Smith works on a Rubik's Cube (Kristen Hampton)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

First of all, the headline here is not necessarily something that hasn’t been done before. In fact, hundreds of people all over the world - known as “cubers” - can solve a Rubik’s Cube in seconds. 

Natalie Smith’s fastest time is just under 10 seconds.

We met Smith at a new Rubik’s Cube exhibit at Discovery Place called “Beyond the Cube.” Natalie is a volunteer for the exhibit, which features demos and puzzles and several Rubik’s stations where people can even learn to solve one on their own.

“It’s more of a method than a secret. You memorize what are called algorithms, which are just specific moves,” Natalie said.

The Charlotte teen travels through several states competing in contests of speed with other cubers. Natalie said in the grand scheme of competitive cubing, she’s "not that good."

But to see her hands literally whiz around a cube, it’s mind boggling to consider the solutions and hundreds of possible moves that are whirling around her head.

WEB EXTRA: Click here to watch Natalie Smith solve a Rubik's Cube

“I kind of got hooked right away. I was like, I need something to do with my time and I was like, let’s see if I can do this. I’ve seen people do it,” Natalie said.

She’s been cubing for a little over three years and, while she may not be the best, she’s working on it. During our interview, Natalie’s hands where constantly fidgeting with her cube.

It takes practice she says. And while she may not be the best, she can actually solve the cube, which is a lot more than most folks can claim.

The Discovery Place exhibit is open through September.

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