How to Pull the Burning Pen Prank

No one will ever ask to borrow your pen again after you pull this hair-raising hoax.

You will need

  • A ballpoint pen with a cap
  • Scissors
  • Two matches and a match box
  • An unwitting victim

Step 1 Dismantle pen Dismantle the pen and remove and discard the ballpoint tip and the ink. Set aside the empty tube and cap.

Step 2 Cut match strip Cut a small square from the strike pad on the matchbox and contour it inside the cap, strike side out.

Step 3 Cut matches Cut the ends from the matches so they fit inside the tip of the pen tube, match heads facing out. Let them stick out about ¼- to ½-inch.

Step 4 Fill tube with water Fill the tube with water before reassembling as a safety precaution. Replace the end with the matches in the tube and carefully replace the cap.

Step 5 Watch Watch in amusement as your unwitting victim removes the cap, causing the matches to light and the pen tip to burst into flames.