How to Catch a Ping-Pong Ball on Your Nose

Learn how to catch a ping-pong ball on your nose from professional illusionist Ben Nemzer in this Howcast magic tricks video.

"My name is Ben Nemzer, and I’m a magician. One of my specialties is close-up magic, which is magic with ordinary objects, decks of card, ropes, rubber bands, and I do that all over New York City.

I’m going to teach you some of the basics of magic that you guys can start performing right away.

I’m going to catch this ping pong ball balanced on my nose.

This is the secret to balancing and catching a ping pong ball on your nose.

Now it’s not just a feat of pure skill. Before you start you need some rubber cement. You want to be very careful of this. You don’t want to get it in your mouth. And you don’t want to inhale too much of it or any of it because it is dangerous. You take just a little dab of rubber cement and you place it on the tip of your nose and the surrounding area, but not on the nostrils wear you’ll breathe it in. Just like this.

Then you take the ball, you throw it up, and you pretend to balance it. But nobody knows it’s stuck. And that’s how you catch a ping pong ball on the tip of your nose.