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Weare 7-year-old featured on Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ for cleaning invention

  • Grace Messier, 7, of Weare got a taste of the spotlight Wednesday night when she showed off her invention, the “Cleaner Upper,” on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Youtube

  • Grace Messier, 7, of Weare got a taste of the spotlight Wednesday night when she showed off her invention, the “Cleaner Upper,” on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Youtube

  • Grace Messier, 7, of Weare got a taste of the spotlight Wednesday night when she showed off her invention, the “Cleaner Upper,” on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Youtube



Monitor staff
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Some inventors make millions of dollars. Others inspire chapters in history books.

Young inventor Grace Messier, 7, of Weare got her taste of the spotlight Wednesday night when she showed off her invention, the “Cleaner Upper” on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

In front of a live studio audience in New York – and 2.5 million viewers at home – Grace demonstrated how the Cleaner Upper – made of a hand cart, rope and a cardboard box – can be used to clean up toys off the floor without lifting a finger.

Grace said she created the invention in kindergarten to help clean up toys from the floor of her playroom. It won first prize for her grade at a Regional Invention Convention in Concord in 2016.

Both adorned in white lab coats, Fallon and Grace walked on stage and Fallon poured a box full of toys on the ground. Grace pushed the cart toward them in an effort to scoop up the mess.

When the Cleaner Upper failed to retrieve any toys, Fallon helped by nudging a plastic dinosaur into the box with his foot.

“That’s what I’m talking about!” Fallon exclaimed, to applause from the crowd.

Grace is not the first elementary school student from Weare to appear on Fallon’s show “Fallonventions,” a segment that runs a few times every year.

Sisters Claire and Sadie McCallum were on the Tonight Show last year after they won an award at the Concord invention convention for “The Amazing Curb Climber,” which was made to help Sadie, who has cerebral palsy, get over larger steps and curbs with her walker.

Fallon didn’t miss the chance to joke about the name of the girls’ hometown then – and he didn’t miss the chance Wednesday, either.

“Weare, New Hampshire? Oh, I don’t know, Portsmouth?” Fallon said, garnering laughs from both Messier and the audience.

Veronica Messier said she was both and anxious and excited to watch Grace on the show.

“It was nerve-wracking,” she said. “I didn’t know how she would do, because she can be shy.”

Grace’s mom said her daughter had rehearsed the segment a few times earlier in the day before the taping with Fallon. When it came down to the live show, Grace performed like a pro.

“She did a great job,” Messier said.

The experience was an exciting one for Grace, who had only flown on an airplane once before when she was too young to remember, her mother said. The Tonight Show paid for both Grace and her mom to fly to New York for free and stay for a night in the Hilton Midtown Hotel.

Veronica said her daughter’s favorite part of the trip was being made up in the dressing room, where she had access to a fruit platter and chocolate bars.

“She gave New York a big thumbs-up,” her mom said.

(Leah Willingham can be reached at 369-3322, lwillingham@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)