Beano Guides: Cool Tricks to Try at Home!

You don't have to be a fancy magician to pull off these six sweet tricks!

THE RUBBER PENCIL ILLUSION!

Hold a pencil loosely between your thumb and index finger and gently bounce your hand. The pencil will appear to be as bendy as an old piece of lettuce. You don't even need to say 'shazam' or anything.

Elaine in Seinfeld, performing the 'rubber pencil' illusion
Image by Seinfeld | West-Shapiro Productions, Castle Rock Entertainment | Hulu

THE DETACHABLE THUMB BAMBOOZLER!

Don't worry, this won't hurt a bit. Firstly, bend your thumb and place your index finger over it. Then, on the other hand, stretch out your fingers and bend your thumb down towards your palm. 'Connect' the two thumbs and move back and forth, while your family almost passes out from this amazing illusion.

Detachable thumb trick

THE COLA FIREWORK!

For this, you'll need a bottle of fizzy cola, some minty Mentos sweets and a steady hand. Simply open the bottle and carefully plop a few mints in there. Stand back and enjoy the foamy explosion in the sky. Actually, we strongly recommend you do this in the garden.

A man doing the Mentos Cola experiment
Image by OHMAGIF

THE MAGIC BAG OF WATER!

What if we were to say that you could push a sharp pencil through a bag of water and not spill a drop? You'd tell us to have a lie down and not be such a silly sausage. But you can! Thanks to the wonders of magic, it works: when you push the pencil through the bag, the plastic molecules seal themselves around it and stops your socks from getting soaked. Thanks science! 

Magic bag of water trick

THE INCREDIBLE APPLE TRICK!

First thing's first. Choose a small crunchy apple if you don't have hands like dustbin lids. Remove the stem with a small twist. Rest the base of your thumbs into the stem bit of the apple. Squeeze the apple from the top to the bottom as hard as you can and then open it like a copy of the Beano. People might think you have Hulk-like powers!

Apple trick

THE ROBOT PRANK!

This is probably the most time-consuming 'trick' of all, but it's worth all the effort. Simply make everyone in your home think you've been replaced with a robot by keeping your bedroom really tidy. It'll confuse everyone!

A woman marvelling at a tidy bedroom

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