Parkside Church has a podium for their pastor, Alistair Begg, that moves up and down at the flip of a switch. One moment it’s standing full sized about four and a half feet off the ground, then you look back after closing your bible and it’s swooped down into the floor with only about a foot protruding. Then, look away for a moment and whoosh it’s back up tall enough for Pastor to preach.
There was at least once I had the thought that it might be fun to lower it very slowly while he preached, so that it would be disconcerting but not unduly so. Just an inch at a time, while he was looking up. I’ll bet I could have gotten it down to about three feet before he said anything to anybody about it. I laugh just thinking about doing it. Maybe next time I visit I’ll discover the switch.