Ten more bets you'll (almost) never lose

We say "almost," because like many of the bets in Richard Wiseman's earlier bar-trick videos, a few of these are liable to get you punched in the face. (I'm looking at you, #4. Ten to ten? Really?)


That being said, some of these are actually pretty clever. Flipping your friend's glass over so she can't get to her drink relies on pressure and surface tension. Removing an ice cube with string is possible thanks to a phenomenon known as freezing point depression. (When the salt hits the ice it lowers the melting point of the solid, allowing the string to sink ever so slightly into the cube. Shortly thereafter, the path taken by the string freezes back over, trapping the string inside.) And we're particularly fond of the topological tricks behind #3 (coin through paper) and #2 (freeing the roped scissors).


[Richard Wiseman via Laughing Squid]

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Debunked: Right off the bat, the first one is cheating because you're not using "just a thread". You're also using salt. And shame on you for wasting orange juice.

Debunked: In the one with the fists, you're not placing one fist on top of the other if you're grabbing your thumb. If your thumb is extended, you don't have one fist on top of another fist because you can't make a fist without a folded thumb.

Debunked: "Ask your friend to point to the box that holds matches." Even if they're empty at the moment, they all hold matches. Plus, the matchbox up the sleeve is purely deceptive.

Debunked: Americans use a colon to write time digitally.

Debunked: The one with the fingers and the disappearing drink, is an outright lie.

Bogus: If you shake the coin and it falls through the whole, you;re not pushing it through the whole.