A wooden match
can balance on a table surface.
nobody is watching, moisten the end of the match, then press
it hard on the table to make it stand straight. Make sure to
wipe the excess
moisture after the
wooden matches on the table. Ask your audience to form five
triangles without breaking the matches.
for the answer.
You can also
balance a wooden match on top of your thumb.
To do this,
bend the thumb and place the match in the crease of the
knuckle. When raising the thumb, the match will stand
wooden matches on the table and challenge a friend that half
of eleven equals six.
Position the six matches so
they form the Roman numeral XI. Now remove the bottom half
(three matches) and what you have left is the Roman digit VI.
matches like a cross, ask someone to move only one to form a
Gently move the bottom match
down and a tiny square is formed right in the center of the
wooden matches on a dry surface as shown. Light one match and
ask your audience how long it will take before the second
match lights up.
It’s unlikely they
will guess the second match won’t ignite.
Once the first match is lit, it
curls as it burns moving away from the head of the second
burning wooden match between your index finger and thumb, at
arm’s length away from the body. Blow in the sleeve of the
other arm. The flame of the match will go out.
While people are watching you
blow in the sleeve, snap the third finger on the match.
Nine wooden matches are placed
on a table. The performer asks his audience to change nine
He places the matches in a way
that will spell the number “TEN.”
Now he takes four matches away,
and the audience is asked to change five into ten.
The five matches form the
number ”10.” Three matches are taken away, the audience is
asked to change two into ten.
is placed on top of the other to make the Roman number X.
For the finale,
one of the two matches left on the table is discarded
flamboyantly. The performer takes the other match and puts it
in his left hand saying: “one into ten.” He quickly closes his
fingers on top of the match, then opens his left hand to show
How he does it: he already has
nine matches in his coat pocket. Right before the finale while
finishing the last puzzle with his right hand, he palms the
matches with his left. The flamboyant discard of the first
match of the “X” distracts the audience for a fraction of a
second. He quickly picks up the remaining match and puts it in
his left hand which already has the other nine matches palmed.
performer who learns this trick well, will understand the
importance of boldness for all manipulations.