Picture of 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

Step 1: The Rise: Positioning the pen

Picture of 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.
Wobster2 years ago
the twirl is actually called a thumbspin, and the rise is called a sonic, but good instructable :D
knex_mepalm6 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
I know all of these!!!!!! lol they have real official names lol.
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
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.
i can do the second one and a few others but the first one was confusing T_T
mikesty8 years ago

I can't do any of these tricks :(
I can do them all and a whole lot more :D (except Sonic Reverse :P)
jeffreyf (author)  mikesty8 years ago
I may have to learn a few additional tricks here. Stay tuned for Fancy Pen Tricks part 2.
Does anyone know if there are tutours for finger-fidgeting?
R3D8 years ago
How bored do the Jap highschoolers really get?
Is that a Dell Inspiron 1501 I see!?!?!?
Huh. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 1501 now. Why?
Becuz I have that laptop
jeffreyf (author)  iPodTouchMaster088 years ago
1505, but yeah, same deal :)
I like this but it is really difficult
jeffreyf (author)  casvandegoor8 years ago
It takes a lot of practice.
cool tricks my dad taught me how to do the twirl a couple o years ago though
crestind8 years ago
My friends tried to teach me and failed. I got the twirl down thanks to your instructable! :)
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