At our next scout meeting I want to have my girls earn the Brownie Senses badge (omg it is the cutest!) by playing with some illusions, and I need some more ideas to round it out. [more inside]
How do I safely execute this blender trick? [more inside]
What are some good fandom-related Halloween treats or tricks for an artsy foodie fangirl? [more inside]
I'm curious how a particular flavour of magic trick is done. A participant who seems unlikely to be a stooge (eg a noted celebrity) is invited to draw or think of something, from an almost unlimited set of options, and the mentalist successfully picks what they've come up with. Here's an example. Here's Derren Brown doing even more impressive versions of the trick with David Frost and Iain M Banks.. The "it's just advanced psychology" explanation is misdirection, so what's the real answer?
Home Physics Filter: Does squeezing the bottle of a carbonated beverage help keep it from going flat?
Does squeezing the bottle of a carbonated beverage help keep it from going flat? [more inside]
Can you help me think of creepy clown tricks? [more inside]
Halloween treats to delight all ages! What would your child want to get from trick or treating? [more inside]
I'd like some every day hacks for life in Los Angeles. [more inside]
Remember the Diet Coke and Mentos video? I'm looking for similar examples of internet memes that members of the public could, in theory, learn to replicate at home. Stuff like cup stacking; make-up tutorials; Double Dream Hands; or opening a beer with your arm. It mustn't be anything that requires special powers (eg double-jointedness) or special props - just household objects. Suggestions?
Help me identify this skateboard trick whose name has escaped me. [more inside]
2012 Beetle-filter - I just got one and I'm looking for ways to make it MORE retro looking. [more inside]
How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
How did they do this theatrical effect I saw? [more inside]
Help me figure out this trick from some drunk guy at the taqueria. He asked me to pick a number from 1 to 4. He had a stack of handwritten cards with him, and he took one out and put it on the table in front of me. He asked me to say what number it was, and I answered 3. He flipped the card over, and there was a handwritten 3 on it!! It was just the one card, I didn't see multiple layers where he could have hidden the other options. He did this again with another person, successfully. How did he do this? What am I missing here? Was he just lucky?
Help me understand airline bookings - when and why they vary the price. [more inside]
How does a magician levitate a person? [more inside]
Are most cats willing to stand up on their back legs for treats they love, if they're also willing to "sit up"? If this one doesn't, is that grounds to worry about his joints? [more inside]
How do I drive in a nail with a single blow? [more inside]
Why are my eyes messing with me?! Why do I see something that's not there? Or why don't I see something that is there? Specific details inside. [more inside]
What was this Indian street psychic's trick? [more inside]
Why does this trick work? Turn your palm face up. To turn your palm face down you must twist your wrist, right? But if you do six simple moves you can turn your palm face down without twisting your wrist. The trick appears at the beginning of this talk by Lennart Green but can also be done backwards.
I like to watch a lot of streaming video especially for sports games. I usually use the Google Chrome browser. But some sites' media players say they only work with Firefox or IE and won't even give me the chance of trying it out in Chrome. Is there a way to trick the sites into thinking Chrome is really one of the approved browsers? Or is there really some fundamental difference that makes the players break in Chrome? [more inside]
How can I recharge my nearly-completely-drained car battery so that it will work long enough to drive it to get crushed? I'm hoping to avoid buying a brand new battery just to have it crushed. [more inside]
Almost ten years ago, I saw a "mentalist" perform a trick on the spot after a show. I've never been able to figure out how he did it. Magic aficionados - how might one make a small object move without touching it? [more inside]
What was the most memorable Halloween treat you ever received when going door to door as a kid? Looking for creative or unique things to give out during Halloween. [more inside]
When I was a kid (in the early 70s), this baffling "riddle" was all the rage in the schoolyard: A: "Guess what?" B: "What?" A: "THAT'S what!" I thought this was a quirky but of Southern Indiana nonsense, but my wife -- who hails from Alabama -- also remembers it from her youth. What does it mean? What's its origin? [more inside]
I need a wittier command for the dog trick "lick your chops," and the only alternative I can think of is "wipe your nose." Obviously I need your help! [more inside]
Help me find a video I saw a couple of months ago: It's a clip of a foreign tv show where the host asks a bunch of random people to write their names, and afterwards he gives them each a private envelope that describes the that individual's personality. Everyone says that their envelope is amazingly accurate. In the end, he asks each person to switch envelopes with one another, and they all see that the same thing is written in every envelope. [more inside]
You know the playground trick whereby four of you can "levitate" a fifth person using just your fingertips (you first hold your hands over his head and count to 20)? How does that work, then?
What's it called when a bass guitarist goes all the way up, then down, then up the fret on one string? [more inside]
how do I make myself take more pictures? I post daily to my blog using my digital camera, problem is I want to motivate myself to use my 35mm camera. [more inside]
Quick change artist identification... [more inside]
How did actor/magician Harry Anderson's "Needle Through the Arm" magic trick work? [more inside]
Teach me a card trick. Inspired by a recent post on card tricks, I'd like to learn a simple but reasonably impressive trick with which to pester children at family gatherings etc. [more inside]
I know this is lame, but how is this lame math trick possible? [more inside]
How is this small object levitation magic trick done? [more inside]
How can my step-mom tell if a standard issue Bicylce playing card is a face card or not by looking at only the back of the card? [more inside]
How is this magic trick done? [more inside]
DailyShowFilter: Last night, Vitto Mortensen pulled reptiles from his coffee cup... [more inside]