DO NOT TRY
ANYTHING YOU READ HERE
The contents of this section
are dangerous. Misuse of the material can cheapen an art form
or at the very least make you look stupid. More importantly,
misuse of this information may result in jail time or death.
Do not attempt any of these tricks without the direct
supervision of a responsible professional.
Deck of Cards Torn in Half
Place the left half of the 52
card deck on the palm of the left hand, the left thumb resting
on the lower left side of the deck and the four fingers
grasping it tightly by the bottom. The right hand holds the
other side of the deck in a reverse position, the right thumb
resting on the upper right side. Hold them firmly and bend
them in the middle to weaken them. Then twist the hands in
opposite directions, right hand to the right and left hand to
the left, like screwing the cap off a jar. Do it a few times
and you will notice the cards tearing in the middle. Do this
until they are completely torn apart.
At first you might want to rest
the left hand on one knee for support when bending and
twisting the deck. After some practice you won’t need to use
the knee. Also, the first few times you might want to start
with less cards, and add more as you go.
Some people are so good at this
they can tear the deck into quarters.
Twenty-Six Drop Pop
I was sitting around with a
bunch of old high school friends, talking about what we had
all been up to recently. I mentioned some of the subjects that
were going to be in this book. One of my friends said he had a
real jewel for me. He picked up the whisky bottle that we had
just emptied, turned it up side down and pounded the bottom of
it with his palm to get every drop out of it. Then he handed
the bottle to me and said to wave it around in the air until
it was completely dry inside.
After getting tired of waving
and being completely satisfied that the bottle was dry, I
handed it back.
He looked at the bottle and
said that there were still twenty-six drops in it. He placed a
napkin on the table and said: “Get ready to count them.” He
took out a lighter and ran the flame all around the outside of
the bottle to heat it up.
Sure enough, the alcohol fumes
turned to liquid and he poured out twenty-six drops. There was
still another ten or fifteen drops left. He said they were for
him, and drank them.
The Flies have it
Have a cup of coffee with a
friend. Dip a piece of bread in your coffee and put it on the
saucer. Ask your friend to do the same and challenge him that
whoever attracts the most flies to his piece of bread wins.
You could bet and win one hundred dollars a fly!
The secret: before you offer
the bet, pour lots of sugar in your cup of coffee when your
friend isn’t looking.
The Edible Candle
You can make one from the
fleshy part of an apple and a piece of walnut which will be
used as a wick. (Walnut burns). Bon Appétit!
The Ice Candle
Mix in a test tube an
equal part of water and ether, shake very well. Place the tube
in a small container that holds an equal part of ice and salt.
Once the candle is frozen, you
can light it.
One Hundred Words Bet
Bet someone that you can
quickly say one hundred words in a row without using the
letters A, B, C, J, K, M, P, Q, Z.
Count from one to one hundred.
None of these words contain the above letters. Or you could
simply say “One hundred words, one hundred words” for an easy
trick to play on pals.
The Big Hit
Here is a way to break a rock
with your bare fist. Use a limestone rock and let it soak in
water overnight. The limestone acts like a sponge, absorbing
the water into its pores which will rot the stone. It is then
placed on a flat surface. Now raise your hand closed into a
fist, and hit it right in the middle with the side of the
fist, not with your knuckles.
The stone instead of your hand
should break into pieces.
Pour enough water into a dinner
plate to just cover a quarter and drop the quarter in.
Challenge anyone to pick up the coin without getting their
It can be done. Cut a cork
lengthwise so that it floats easily on its flat side. Then stick
two lit wooden matches on top of the floating cork.
Place a glass next to the
quarter, on top of the burning matches and cork. A vacuum is
created and the water will be sucked inside the glass. You can
now pick up the quarter without getting your fingers wet.
Out of Reach
Here is a funny bar bet that
you can’t lose. Have someone stand against a wall with his
heels touching it. Now place a ten dollar bill at his feet.
Challenge him to pick up the
bill without bending his knees or moving his feet. There is no
way he’ll be able to get it, so your bill is safe.
The reason he can’t bend over
is because the wall stops him from moving his back.