Introduction: Crack an Apple in Half With Your Bare Hands

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Demonstrate your super-human strength by ripping an apple in half with your bare hands. Learn the simple technique here.

If you prefer the video version of the Instructable, you can see the process in this short video.

Step 1: Technique

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This trick is all about the technique. As the video explains, humans are not strong enough to simply grab a hold of an apple and rip it apart. The secret is to use your hands in such a way that the harder you grip the more pressure is applied from the stem of the apple outward. Keep this idea in mind as we proceed to the next steps.

Step 2: Wiggle the Fleshy Part of Your Thumbs Into the Stem Area

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Remove the stem and then wriggle the base of your thumbs (actually part of your palms) into where the stem was. The rest of your fingers go around the apple and rest on the bottom of the apple.

If you put your hands in this position without the apple and pull your fingers toward your wrists, you will notice that your thumbs roll out. This rolling is the force that will split the apple open.

Step 3: Grip and Roll

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With your hands set as described in step 2 squeeze hard and let your thumbs roll outward. You will feel the ripping force increase as your grip tightens. As you grip harder, the apple will break in half.

Step 4: Some Things I Have Learned

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There are a few things that I have learned from teaching this to people.

1. Pretty much anyone can do this. I learned it from my mom and even my 12-year-old boy scouts can do it - even the skinny ones.

2. It sometimes helps to use your knee to strengthen your grip. Try pushing on your knee with you fingers as shown in the photo.

3. It sometimes helps to start out with a softer apple or a very crisp ripe one. If the apple is not ripe, it might be more difficult.

4. Size matters. You will eventually be able to crack all sizes, but it may be easier to start with one that fits comforably in your hand - not to big, not too small.

5. If you haven't already watched the video, then I recomend you do so. Sometimes its just easier to see done.


tyler roberts (author)2014-11-17

will this work on normal sized apples, or just those tiny things?

shoemaker (author)tyler roberts2014-11-17

When I was kid, there was a guy in my neighborhood with an amazing garden. He grew apples almost as big as a soccer ball. You could make a whole pie from just one. He often made the gift of one apple to the neighbors. Anyway, I'm not sure this works with his apples, but this will work with most apples you would come across.

tyler roberts (author)shoemaker2015-01-10

I guess I should try it, it's a little late for apples though, first frost has been and gone.

jarikcbol (author)2014-12-06

A few extra tips to people trying this:

1. Start with Gala or Honeycrisp apples, they are the easiest to do, so you can learn the technique. Granny smith and other green apples are damn near impossible when you start out.

2. if the two palms together thing does not work for you, try one palm, and one thumb down in the stem, sometimes thats easier.

3. 'find the sweet spot' I always start out by putting a thumb in the stem, and sort of rotating the apple and feeling it, after a little practice, you sort of develop a feel for finding the direction to try and split the apple. They are all different, but there is generally a 'sweet spot' which the apple breaks along easier than other angles.

4. remember, your basicly pulling it in half, don't squeeze to much, but rather, think of it like opening a book that is stuck shut, with the spine at the base of the apple and the pages at the top, where your palms are.

Mad Fox (author)2014-11-22

haha, rage quit.... I can't do that, maybe the apple is too small compare to my hand

BenBSykes (author)2014-11-19

This is awesome I pranked my little brothers with this!

The Rambler (author)2014-11-18

Haha, six years later and you're featured! This is a really cool trick. I'll have to try it on the apple I packed for lunch.

shoemaker (author)The Rambler2014-11-18

Yeah, that was nice. I think that this instructable was featured way back then. I didn't expect a second life.

Thanks for all the new views.

sabu.dawdy (author)The Rambler2014-11-18

I was thinking the same thing lol

warehouse32 (author)2014-11-18

it really is the simple things in life that we love...can't wait to try this!

haggai2b (author)2014-11-18

it was easy

Electrospark (author)2014-11-17

I've tried it a while ago but didn't know the technique so i squished the apple instead of cracking it.

Thanks for your instructable! I will try your technique and hope for the best! :)

shoemaker (author)Electrospark2014-11-17

Technique matters.

Electrospark (author)shoemaker2014-11-18


I only have rotten apples and i can't crack them... :(

gravityisweak (author)2014-11-17

Out of many attempts I've got this to work one time. It takes some practice and also the proper apple. But its totally possible.

shoemaker (author)gravityisweak2014-11-17

It is easier with some apples, but once you get the hang of it, you should be able to crack just about any apple.

BadPuns (author)2014-11-17

Did this once at lunch at my high school. Everyone was mystified...
Until they discovered that they could do it, too.

shoemaker (author)BadPuns2014-11-17

Its a simple trick I learned from my mom, but people are always impressed.

Master97865 (author)2013-04-11

"Everyone can do this"
I'm not someone.

Electrospark (author)Master978652014-11-17

Are you a robot? XD

printrbot932 (author)2014-11-17

I tried and failed then waited till the apple was room temp and it worked first try

LecJackS (author)2014-11-17

You can crack it again and have 4 pieces if you want to share with several people.

gfranke (author)2014-04-25

It helps if you wash the Apple first. Make sure you dry it off well. The way I've always done it is: put both of the pointy pads of your thumbs ( not the tips) inside the top of where the stem is. When you slide your thumbs passed each other, dig in and pull. It may take some practice but it's pretty easy.

Jaxton Maez (author)2013-09-16

I've seen people do it. Cool

csearle2 (author)2013-08-26

I'm trying to do this, but my hands just keep slipping off the apple. :(
Any tips?

shoemaker (author)csearle22013-08-26

Maybe wash the apple.

ilpug (author)2012-07-29

I think I'm too strong for this... I squished three apples in a row before I got one that broke mostly in half without getting crushed.

happyjo (author)2010-11-28

if only i weren't a puny wimp, I would be able to crack an apple in half like this guy!

super scout (author)2010-09-03

so awesome and makes a cool noise, and it isnt that hard

ReCreate (author)2009-04-22

I know got myself an apple,and i am trying to do it,ill report back

ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-10-05

i failed...maybe my apple is too hands hurt now...

Browncoat (author)2008-10-04

I'd love to watch the vid, but can NEVER get metacafe to work! I've tried to install the adobe flash thingy that it says to install, but it still won't work. :( Why does everyone use Metacafe instead of YouTube on here...?

Rock Soldier (author)Browncoat2009-08-04

Why does everyone use Metacafe instead of YouTube on here...?
Because the more people that watch your Metacafe videos, the more money you get from them.

spiritwolf7984 (author)2009-07-22

I just did it. Im so happy =] Thanks

sev17 (author)2009-05-23


Thelonelysandwitch (author)2009-03-09

Are you saying scouts are week, if you are I hope you know that we are prety strong. this is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. my 9 yo brother can do it.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-11-15

That's awesome!

The Mad Pancake (author)2008-10-22

i actually use a different technique where I use my fingers to dig into the top of the apple and split it from there

HailDanzig (author)2008-10-02

It works! haha, and you've figured out a way to get me to eat more fruits. :-p

Ian01 (author)2008-09-29

Ihave watched the video before and couldn't breakmy apple. Very good instructable. So it's more of a 'squeeze' than a 'pull apart.'

downgrade (author)2008-09-29

I so wish I had apples right now...

pacific_sunrise07 (author)2008-09-29

awesome! totally bookmarked so i can show-off to the kids at the summer camp i staff!!

firesketch (author)2008-09-29

Awesome =]

tyeo098 (author)2008-09-28

Bookmarked for next time i have an apple

MasamuneX (author)2008-09-28

LOL! That was actually pretty cool. The video made it super easy to understand. Thanks for sharing.

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