Introduction: How to Draw 2 Unconnected Squares Without Lifting Your Pencil

This is how to draw 2 unconnected squares on the same sheet of paper without lifting your pencil. It's good for parties and for taking money from unsuspecting dupes.

All you need is a regular pencil and a regular sheet of paper.

Step 1: Draw First Square

Turn your paper longways (landscape view) and draw a square towards the right side of the paper.

Don't lift your pencil.

Step 2: Fold the Paper.

Fold the far end of the paper over so that the far edge is now right up against the top of your pencil.

To avoid arguments later on with sore losers, try to avoid creasing the paper.

Don't lift your pencil.

Step 3: Travel Time.

Draw onto the back side of the paper. Pull the paper away from the first square towards the other side of the paper. This should leave a clean gap between the square you have drawn and the one that you will draw when you do finally draw back onto the front side of the paper.

When you traveled a couple of inches, carefully drop your pencil back onto the proper side of the paper.

This might get messy on the back side of the paper. It doesn't matter. Whatever you do, don't lift your pencil!

Step 4: Finish It Up.

Unfold the paper (if you haven't done so already) and draw your second square.

Now you may lift your pencil and gloat.

You might want to practice a few times before you start wagering anything too important.

Comments

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jbrecken (author)2011-09-12

Or you could break the pencil, sharpen the other end and curve the paper around in a U shape with the pencil in the middle and a hard surface against each side. This might work better if you're in one of those family restaurants with free crayons for kids.

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darman12 (author)jbrecken2013-08-12

Haha, sounds more complicated and challenging.

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HamO (author)2007-05-03

carefully drop your pencil back onto the proper side of the paper oops, to drop your pencil it must have been lifted.

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randofo (author)HamO2007-05-03

No. Paper, however thin, has 4 sides. We're dropping it off one surface, down one edge and back onto the other surface. I swear.

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armindilo (author)randofo2007-05-03

it has 6 sides

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randofo (author)armindilo2007-05-03

foiled again

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saites2001 (author)randofo2007-05-04

You make me smile . . .

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zachninme (author)saites20012007-05-04

Unless its a mobius strip! Then it has, uh 2! Or 3... no, 2.

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Dumchicken (author)zachninme2011-03-13

then it has 4

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static (author)randofo2007-09-19

The paper has 6 surfaces. Claiming "that pencil is always in contact with the sheet of paper" when making the wager, rather than, " without lifting your pencil" may be the better script. Taking a moment to rub the pencil against the edge of the paper, to insure the edge has a discernible pencil mark would help make your case against any dissenters. The most you would make from me is a dollar or a beer if I was in a generous mood. Being curious as to what the catch is, why I'd take the bet.

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MR.FIXXER (author)2010-12-09

YOU ARE A FRIGGIN GENIUS!!

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HeyJD (author)2010-07-23

What if you only have 1 sided paper! :-P

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casey321b (author)2008-09-09

or use your eraser to move or slide the pencil without touching the lead on there

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Comprine (author)2007-12-08

You wouldn't lift your pencil if you were to DROP it, right? ...Technically :b

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endolith (author)2007-12-06

Or just draw the square very darkly and then fold the paper over and rub it so it transfers second (and third, and fourth) square.

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ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-05-04

or... you could lay the pencil down on the paper and move it to a different place

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Haha, that's what I do.

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R3D (author)2007-05-14

No one bets against me anymore because of tricks like this I love Em.

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Mace42 (author)2007-05-10

thanks.

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nosemeat (author)2007-05-04

another way you could do this is to hold the pencil almost parallel to the paper, fold the paper over onto the pencil again, hold it in place, and then draw the squares. luckily, i found this step-by-step illustration which might explain it better..

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downgrade (author)nosemeat2007-05-10

Look at the newfound riches!

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tc625 (author)2007-05-05

wouldnt it b easier to just slowly drop the pencil on its side and slide it on its side to the other side of the paper then slowly lift the back until the point touches the paper and draw ur second square? i stil do like ur way tho

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lemonie (author)2007-05-05

Whether the pencil loses contact with the paper or not is debateable.
I would suggest that the challenge is carefully written on the sheet of paper, in order that your choice of words can be pointed at afterwards.
The pencil is always in contact with the sheet of paper, but it does switch sides, and in doing so it lifts off one surface and onto another.

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ongissim (author)2007-05-03

Neat, and very tricky!

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randofo (author)ongissim2007-05-03

I like to think outside the box.

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Vendigroth (author)randofo2007-05-04

surely the problem that needs thinking about is inside the box?

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pyelitegamerro76 (author)randofo2007-05-03

pun intended? i hate bad puns lol, good idea tho lol

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Taotaoba (author)2007-05-03

Nice trick. Thanks.

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