# Fancy Pen Tricks

During the long and dark days of high school, I learned many pen tricks to entertain myself. For someone as fidgety as I, these have proved life-long sources of distractiony goodness.

They are (I'm making up names now...): The Rise, and The Twirl

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## Step 1: The Rise: Positioning the pen

Place the pen between your middle and ring finger, and rest the end in the soft tissue between your index finger and thumb. If you're using a pencil, or an evenly weighted pen, you can use either side, but if one end of the pen is heavier than the other, make sure the heavy end is sicking out beyond your hand.

## Step 2: The Rise: Beginning the flip

This is where things start to get tricky.

Push downward on the pen with your middle finger, until enough pressure is built up that the point or end slips from where it rests between your index finger and thumb. When it releases, the pen will rocket downwards.

## Step 3: The Rise: Continuing the flip

If you continue to push down with your middle finger (little pressure is necessary at this point), the back (heavy side) of the pen will eventually come up against the outside part of your outstretched index finger. Done rapidly enough, the combination of weight and momentum will cause the heavy end to bounce off your index finger, and drop down towards the knuckle of your middle finger. Gravity will cause the heavy end to drop further down the outside of the hand, and the pen will pivot between the 2nd joints of your middle and ring fingers. Momentum will carry the front of the pen up and over your middle finger, where you can capture it again between your middle and index fingers.

## Step 4: The Rise: Getting fancy

Because the pen returns to the same position, but between the next set of fingers towards the thumb, it can be chained to start from between the pinkie and ring fingers. You simply does the same steps as previously mentioned, but cycle everything down (i.e. index becomes middle, middle becomes ring, and ring becomes pinkie).

## Step 5: The Rise: Putting it all together

And here's the video of the whole motion.

Wobster1 year ago
origami dude5 years ago
the twirl is actually called a thumbspin, and the rise is called a sonic, but good instructable :D
knex_mepalm5 years ago
i have a pen trick its like you move the pen between your fingers really fast from all of them to sifferent shuffles and if you do it to the beat of music, it looks awesome
NatureBoom215 years ago
I know all of these!!!!!! lol they have real official names lol.
5 years ago
i did a twirl and complete rotation with the rest of my class and none of us got busted when we all failed!!!
Auel6 years ago
first one is sonic reverse i think and second is thumb around
Alexizupinhea6 years ago
Ironically... the two tricks you posted are the only two tricks I can arleady do. The tricks from pentrix.com are very hard and they dont really give a good explanation other than the simple tricks.
cantth1nk0fnam36 years ago
i can do the second one and a few others but the first one was confusing T_T
mikesty8 years ago
http://www.pentrix.com/pentix/tricks/

I can't do any of these tricks :(
6 years ago
I can do them all and a whole lot more :D (except Sonic Reverse :P)
jeffreyf (author)  mikesty7 years ago
I may have to learn a few additional tricks here. Stay tuned for Fancy Pen Tricks part 2.
HardCoreHacker6 years ago
Does anyone know if there are tutours for finger-fidgeting?
R3D7 years ago
How bored do the Jap highschoolers really get?
Is that a Dell Inspiron 1501 I see!?!?!?
7 years ago
Huh. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 1501 now. Why?
7 years ago
Becuz I have that laptop
jeffreyf (author)  iPodTouchMaster087 years ago
1505, but yeah, same deal :)
casvandegoor7 years ago
I like this but it is really difficult
jeffreyf (author)  casvandegoor7 years ago
It takes a lot of practice.
Sidney Floyd7 years ago
cool tricks my dad taught me how to do the twirl a couple o years ago though
crestind7 years ago
My friends tried to teach me and failed. I got the twirl down thanks to your instructable! :)
fungus amungus7 years ago
I lived in Japan for a bit and half of the kids there must practice these tricks, because I saw them do it everywhere.

Like in this video.

cry_wolf8 years ago
I've been wanting to know how to do these tricks for ages now, thanks. =] Oh yeah, very nice documentation.
SurferGeek8 years ago
Cool tricks for failing high school and college students and junior Naval officers everywhere!
pyro228 years ago
cool, gonna try it