How to Do the Smoking Fingers Trick

Smoking is bad for your lungs, so let your fingers do the puffing instead.

You will need

  • Scissors
  • A matchbox
  • Access to a sink
  • A lighter
  • One or more spectators

Step 1 Cut striker Cut the striker strip from the matchbox with the scissors, peel the cardboard from the back of the strip, and fold it in half lengthwise.

Step 2 Place on tap Place the folded strip on top of a water tap, and run the cold water.

Step 3 Burn the strip Set fire to either end of the strip with the lighter. Then burn along the length of each side.

Step 4 Remove Throw the strip into the sink. When it’s extinguished, turn the water off. Some striker material will have turned into a thick brownish liquid that has settled onto the tap. Rub some of the goo from the tap onto your thumb.

Step 5 Perform the trick Announce that you will make smoke magically rise from your fingers. Then firmly rub your thumb and finger together, creating wisps of smoke between them.

Step 6 Reload Go back to the tap and get more of the goo on your fingers when the smoke has stopped to repeat the trick.