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How to Do the Smoking Fingers Trick

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Run the tap for a while to make sure the water is very cold.
  • 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.
  • FACT: About 371 billion cigarettes were consumed in the United States in 2006.

You Will Need

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

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