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Jack caught in action by Leela.


Wegman's dogs do Jack.


Ernie and Bert act out the rhyme.

Jack Be Nimble is an English nursery rhyme first published in the early 19th century. The practice of jumping over a candlestick was both a sport as well as a form of fortune telling. The belief was that good luck was to be ahead should you jump over a flame and not extinguish it.



  • He was interviewed by Prairie Dawn in a segment for "Nursery Rhyme News," where he doesn't have the energy to jump over his candlestick. (First: Episode 4107)
  • Jack's Big Jump was the plot of a 2009 episode of Sesame Street, where the fabled jumper attempted to clear eight candlesticks.
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