Fancy Pen Tricks





Introduction: Fancy Pen Tricks

About: I like taking things apart and figuring out how they work. I generally loose interest after that.

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

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.

Step 6: The Twirl: Positioning the Pen

The twirl is simpler in theory, and more difficult in practice. Begin by holding the pen (heavy side in? out? Look at the picture) between your index and middle fingers, and your thumb.

Step 7: The Twirl: Up and Over

With your middle finger, push the pen sharply and swiftly towards your thumb. The pen will begin to pivot between your middle finger and your thumb, causing the back/heavy end to swing around.

Step 8: The Twirl: Completing the Motion

Allow the pen to twirl around your thumb. The heavy end should come to rest between your thumb and index finger, where you grab it.

Step 9: The Twirl: the Video

Oh yeah, you knew it was coming.

Does anyone have any other pen tricks? I'm always on the lookout for new ways of fidgeting.



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    Really cool tricks! Now I can have fun in class!

    Really cool tricks! Now I can have fun in class!

    the twirl is actually called a thumbspin, and the rise is called a sonic, but good instructable :D

    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.

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    i did a twirl and complete rotation with the rest of my class and none of us got busted when we all failed!!!


    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 are very hard and they dont really give a good explanation other than the simple tricks.

    I can do them all and a whole lot more :D (except Sonic Reverse :P)

    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?


    How bored do the Jap highschoolers really get?

    Huh. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 1501 now. Why?

    1505, but yeah, same deal :)

    It takes a lot of practice.