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These aren't the big party tricks that amaze and astound friends, these are the ones that make them go, 'woah cool, how'd ya do that?' or 'nice, pretty slick'

These are the basics and are just things to do while you're bored or a new way to light your zippo, it's made as a follow up to Rewicking and reflinting your zippo.

Watch the video to see all the tricks done, it's only on the first and last step so people with slower connections aren't loading it every time they look at a new step. Also it's designed as a run-down of them, As of yet I don't have a camera with a high enough frame rate to capture the motions involved and slow them down effectively, at 30FPS most of these happen over a couple of frames.

Once You've mastered these you can go on to the second set of Zippo tricks

Step 1: Click your fingers...

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This is an easy trick, when executed quickly and smoothly it looks really slick and it's actually quite hard to see what's going on...

All you do is click your finger near your zippo and it lights... Hmm not the normal way of doing it.

The secret to this easy trick is simply putting your clicking finger against the flint wheel, usually your middle finger, as your finger snaps down against your hand it spins the flintwheel, it looks pretty slick if you flip open your zippo and pass your hand right by it clicking, it lights...

The whole point here is just to have a normal scenario, not a big trick, people aren't looking for the method they just notice someone light their zippo with the click of a finger...

So again:
- Middle finger against flintwheel
- Click down hard while moving hand away
- Get admiration and free drinks

Doing it while moving is basically the same except you need to be able to click just as your hand passes the flintwheel...
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Labot20017 years ago
I want a zippo now.


too bad... i just got one today... i cant twentiethted lol
me too
i got one today to, its a chevy one :D
I got one!!
fourthe-- wait a minute....
fifthed. lol
C'mon people, keep it going!
Me too. I have one, but it's one of the tall ones. You can't really do any tricks with those.
killerjackalope (author)  Labot20017 years ago
Nyah nyah, I have two silver ones and a slim one...
Rithuinp6 months ago


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henryleven1 year ago

its not working :/

JACKBARRY2 years ago
where can i get a zippo

On dx.com you can have one for a few bucks ;)

spilthe2 years ago
the wordage in this article bothered me so much i created an account. you snap your fingers, not "click" them...
killerjackalope (author)  spilthe2 years ago
I'm guessing we live in different parts of the world... Neither's wrong...

As for the unclear thing - I went for simple. Autistic I ain't.
msanft4 years ago
the lid probably hits the flint wheel
sharlston6 years ago
yay i got my first zippo today heres a pic:
Sorry, but thats a counterfeit zippo on real Zippo's the top does not go al the way down and Zippo's have 5 holes on the chimney oh and does it say zippo on the bottom
Acctually the bottom goes all the way down becuase ive worn it out and look at the ibles 1st step,killerjackalopes zippo has 7 holes
actually its eight
i counted 7
Nah, it pretty definitely has eight; in the first photograph that you can see the holes, one is obscured by the curve, but looking in other photos you can see that it is there
Real zippos have 8, I just bought one.
Hmm what about the zippo in the instructablr?
Then it is fake.
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