SIX cool bar tricks that anyone can master.

by Paul Michael on 4 December 2007 6 comments
Photo: Baston

As some of you regular Wise Bread readers know, I’m a big fan of bar tricks, friendly hustles and harmless wagers. Well, as we’re approaching the peak of partying season I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the newest, coolest bar tricks I’ve picked up. And these ones are really easy to learn, even my dear old mom could do them.

I found a site called easybartricks.com quite by accident and I was glued to it for over half an hour. I watched some of these videos over and over again to get the trick down cold.

Remember, no-one likes to be completely conned but these are all just a harmless bit of fun. Do it with your friends and co-workers and then let them in on the trick afterwards. They’ll be just as happy to learn the secret. You don’t even have to do any of these as a bet, they’re also great talking points when the conversation stalls.

What’s more, for you guys (and girls) looking for a way to break the ice with someone who catches your eye, magic tricks and bar bets are a nice easy way to get the conversation started. Enjoy.

1: Bill beneath the bottle (link )
Find out how to remove a bank note from beneath an empty beer bottle with tipping it over.

 

2: Magnetic Match (link )
How does the match move? The answer is static.

 

3: The hold & hit coin trick (link )
There are a few ground rules, but the answer is agonizingly simple.

 

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4: The trapped bill (link )
How do you remove the trapped bill with letting the bottles fall? It’s a snap.

 

5: Lighter below the bottle (link )
Several ways to get the lighter out from under the bottle without letting it fall. Genius.

 

6: The coin memory bet (link )
My favorite of all, because it seems completely easy but is actually almost impossible in the time.

As always folks, drink responsibly. And don't go drinking and driving, either.

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Yan

There are very few things that are less frugal than going to a bar. OK, smoking might be one.

Paul Michael's picture

Wise Bread is about "living large on a small budget." There is nothing quite as sad as missing out on the Holiday partying season. This way, you can join in the fun and have a few friends buy you some drinks with these wagers. Frugal is one thing, but being so tight with money that you don't have a social life is quite another. 

Amy B. Scher's picture

And you are right about missing out on a social life because of being too tight with your money - that doesn't do any good. That's actually when most people splurge and mess up their budget (or diet)......when they've deprived themselves of everything fun. Cheers!

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Yan

For me it is about how effectively I can use my small budget. Going to bar is a waste. There are a ton of other ways to socialize that cost much less.

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Andy

I can do #6 in three moves.

Paul Michael's picture

If I can go to a bar and have a few drinks bought for me, and spend a few hours chatting, then that works out at $0 for a good time. But if you know of something cheaper, (which I suspect means someone pays you to go out and have fun) then I'm absolutely all ears.