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Nice little puzzles and tricks to entertain people around.
Ask your friend to hold out their hand. Next, place a matchstick across the top of their middle finger, like this.
Finally, tell them that they have to break the matchstick simply by pushing down on it with their first and third fingers. It sounds simple and so they will accept the challenge. However, they won’t be able to break the matchstick and you’ll win the bet!
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Ask your friend to hold their thumb and first finger about an inch apart, like this.
Now place a banknote in the gap between their thumb and finger.
Explain that in a moment you are going to drop the banknote and they can keep the money if they can catch it. Amazingly, they will miss the banknote every time.
Place your hand flat on your head and bet your friend that they can’t lift your hand off your head. It sounds simple, but it’s impossible and so you will win the bet.
Why does it work? When your friend tries to lift your forearm they are also lifting your upper arm.
COINING IT IN
Ask your friend to link their hands together, and then raise their first and third fingers like this.
Now place a coin between their third fingers, and bet them that they can’t move their fingers apart and release the coin.
It sounds easy but it’s almost impossible!
THE FLOATING SAUSAGE
Tell your friend that you can magically make a sausage float in front of their eyes.
The illusion works because when you focus on a distant object each of your eyes receives a slightly different view of your fingers.
Form your hands into fists and then hold out the first fingers of each hand. Keeping your hands close to your body, touch the ends of your first fingers together.
Now challenge your friend to hold your wrists and pull your fingers apart. It sounds simple but they won’t be able to do it!
THE BANG BANG BOTTLE
Place a banknote on a table and then balance a bottle on top of it like this.
Bet your friend that you can remove the banknote without touching or knocking over the bottle. To win the bet, simply make one of your hands into a fist and hold the end of the banknote with your other hand.
When you knock your fist on the table the bottle will jump, just a little, into the air. At that exact moment, use your other hand to slide the banknote out from under the bottle!
A BRIDGING LOAN
Place a banknote on the table and tell your friend that they can have the money if they win the bet. Next, place two large glasses, a smaller glass and some matches on the table. Now challenge your friend to use the objects on the table to support the smaller glass between the larger glasses.
In fact, the matches are just decoys, and to win the bet you have to use the banknote! Simply accordion-pleat the banknote along its length, place it between the larger glasses like a bridge, stand the smaller glass on top of the banknote, and you have won the bet.
THE COIN SLIDE
Balance two coins on the edge of a glass and challenge your friend to lift the glass. Oh, and they are only allowed to touch the coins!
To win the bet, place your first finger and thumb on the coins, quickly move them down the sides of the glass, and then you can lift up the glass holding just the coins.
I’LL HUFF AND I’LL PUFF
Place a playing card on a glass, put a tube of paper on the playing card, and finally balance a coin on top of the tube. Now challenge your friend to move the coin into the glass, but without touching the playing card, the tube or the coin.
When your friend gives up, simply blow upwards under the playing card – the tube and the playing card will fly away and the coin will drop into the glass.
Place five or six pennies on a table and balance another penny on its edge. Ask your friend how many pennies you will need to stack up to reach the height of the upright penny.
They might guess five or six. You will win the bet because the answer is an amazing twelve coins!
Place five matches on a piece of paper to create a horse looking to the right, like this.
Now challenge your friend to move just one match and make the horse look to the left. To win the bet, first move the horse’s back leg through ninety degrees
and then just turn the paper around!
A TOUCHING PUZZLE
Place six matches on a table and challenge your friend to arrange them in such a way that each match is touching all of the other matches. After they have struggled, arrange the matches like this.
Arrange four matches to represent a wine glass, and place a coin inside the glass. Now challenge your friend to move just two of the matches and end up with the coin outside the glass.
The answer is easy when you know how. First of all, slide the horizontal match to the left like this.
And then take this match and place it here.
Now the coin is outside the glass and you have won the bet!
SINK OR SWIM
Arrange eight matches to create a fish swimming along to the left. Now challenge your friend to move just three of the matches and make the fish swim in the opposite direction.
To win the bet, just move this match.
And this one.
And finally move this match. Now the fish is swimming to the right!
Arrange seven matches to make this equation.
Now challenge your friend to move just one match and make the equation correct. To win the bet, move this match and now everything is fine because the square root of one is one!
Place twelve matches on a table like this.
Next, challenge your friend to move just two matches and end up with seven squares. To win the bet, move these two matches …
… and you have created seven squares!
OUTSIDE THE BOX
SIX IN A ROW
Challenge your friend to rearrange the glasses like this … but they can only touch one glass.
To win the bet, simply pick up Glass 2 and pour the liquid from that glass into Glass 5 …
… then put Glass 2 back into position and you have won the bet!
THE BIG DROP
Take a toilet roll tube and explain that the bet is to drop it so that it lands standing up on its end. Your friend will fail every time.
To win the bet, simply drop the tube on its side – it will bounce and land on its end!
The bet works because the toilet roll tube will almost always bounce when it’s dropped. When you drop it on its end, it bounces and lands on its side. However, drop it on its side and it will bounce and land on its end.