Introduction: How to Entertain Small Children Via the Medium of Self-mutilation

A simple trick, using that most basic of equipment; your body.

Step 1: Preparation.

This is a LOT easier and quicker than readin the instructions.

Hold your left hand with your fingers together and pointing to the right, thumb uppermost.

Fold your thumb ninety degrees at the knuckle so that it is pointing at your body.

Bend you right thumb at ninety degrees as well.

Lay your right thumb along the top of your left index finger, with both bent knuckles touching each other.

Roll right index finger around the two knuckles to hide the join.

Step 2: Execution

You will develop your own little spiel to go with this trick, but I generally start by complaining that my thumb feels a little stiff.

I quickly get ready (with practice, it will take only a moment to prepare, and it can be hidden in plain view simply by doing it quickly. whilst moving your hands together), then fake a little strain on the joint, as if I was pulling and twisting the joint. I allow my thumb to move slightly in an un-natural direction, twisting and bending.

Then, with a dramatic little grunt or gasp and a little jolt, the thumb comes loose. Look! I can slide it up and down along beside my index finger, how gross is that?!?



Don't indulge yourself!

If you leave your thumb "disconnected" for more than a moment, you risk the trick being spotted. Quickly "replace" your thumb, hiding the switch from two thumbs to one in a flourish and waving of digits, as if you are testing the joint.

The trick works best, obviously, with small children. If nobody else you know does the trick, though, it can work on kids into their early teens, especially if they have just been telling each other spooky stories...

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playfulplans made it!(author)2011-05-06

I've always loved this gag, and your's is a perfect ible.

What I never liked was our grandfather chasing us around his house with his false teeth in his hand, all in fun.

Yuck.

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Toxicity made it!(author)2010-03-20

when I was twelve, my sister's boyfriend pulled this trick on me. little did i know that he was actually missing his thumb. haha

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2009-10-20

I like the way you worded it.

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Kitefan made it!(author)2009-06-20

I remember this and have done it since!

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FrozenStar made it!(author)2009-06-11

So simple yet so good

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Kiteman made it!(author)2009-06-12

Thank you (and thanks for the subscription!).

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FrozenStar made it!(author)2009-06-14

No problem!

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Cherie112 made it!(author)2009-05-26

Umm it hurts when i keep my hand like this 4 long.

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potaderantor made it!(author)2009-05-24

try your pointer finger it works much easier

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potaderantor made it!(author)2009-05-24

we had to do this book thing for the lower schools and i just randomly did this (i had a little bit of red marker drawn on my thumb >:) ) it really freaked em out

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rc+jedi made it!(author)2009-05-19

I love this one! It drives 'em crazy. "hey, how'd you do that?" every time. good one kiteman

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FrOnTLiNe made it!(author)2008-11-20

OMG!! whered it go?!?!u hacker

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zieak made it!(author)2007-06-23

When i was a kid i tried pulling this trick on my great uncle. He seemed impressed and then said "i can do that". He grabbed his fingers with one hand and yanked and held up his hand to show me that his pinky finger on one hand was missing. I ran away in fear having never noticed that he was missing that finger before.

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2008-05-10

ha ha ha ha my uncle is missing his middle finger.

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cheesy+soda made it!(author)2007-12-12

thats crazy halarious.

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rocketbat made it!(author)2007-06-24

LOL!!!!!!!!! that must have been bloody hilarious!

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jesusfreak123 made it!(author)2008-05-05

i do it with my pointer finger

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ll.13 made it!(author)2007-06-23

That is very creepy.

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cheesy+soda made it!(author)2007-12-12

uh,no its not...not unless you're like five.

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waverider894 made it!(author)2007-08-11

I remember those times in first grade...

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cheesy+soda made it!(author)2007-12-12

yea me too.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll made it!(author)2007-10-27

*Doubble take*... wha? *scratches head* Cool.

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Browncoat made it!(author)2007-07-03

Anyone else confused as to why this shows up in the Office Supply Challenge page?

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Darkshot made it!(author)2007-09-29

LOL!!!!!! cuz its a cool trick but funny comment lOL!!!

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Kiteman made it!(author)2007-07-04

You try working in an office with no fingers and no sense of fun.

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BuffaloNickel made it!(author)2007-09-27

i knew how to do this in third grade... nice one tho

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Whaleman made it!(author)2007-08-28

Ha, funny!! Is it just me or does ~~Low Rider~~ hate your instructables?

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Kiteman made it!(author)2007-08-29

He was an odd one, went off the rails for some reason. Shame.

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Whaleman made it!(author)2007-08-29

Ya, I don't get why people do that, maybe it is the anonymity of the internet that provides protection for them, they can make fun of people without ever being caught

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Kiteman made it!(author)2007-08-30

It wasn't fun, it was some serious stuff he was accusing people of.

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Whaleman made it!(author)2007-08-30

oh, well, still

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ProfessorZ42 made it!(author)2007-09-08

I'm not sure what kind of answer i'm going to get here, but what exactly was Low Rider doing?

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Whaleman made it!(author)2007-09-08

I don't know, all I know is that he posted two comments, both on kiteman's instructables, both bad enough to get him banned

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ProfessorZ42 made it!(author)2007-09-08

Those must have been pretty bad.

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Whaleman made it!(author)2007-09-08

Yup

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jakee117 made it!(author)2007-08-14

dude awesome

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Zujus made it!(author)2007-07-21

:D my grandfa showed this to me when i was little child.

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altaria1993 made it!(author)2007-06-29

my father learned me this when i was six years old, i allways showed it to other people! and i loved watching their faces :P untill someone fainted after i put some fake blood on my fingers :P

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Kiteman made it!(author)2007-06-29

:-D

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Gamche made it!(author)2007-06-27

Darn I can't do it. Stupid double jointed thumb

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porkdemon made it!(author)2007-06-24

im in year 11, im 17 and iv used this in my freinds, its so funny watching them try and figgure out how its done, i think theres a variation of this trick where you use the middle finger as opposed to the thumb.

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TheCheese9921 made it!(author)2007-06-23

this is amazing you have to teach me how to do this

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Kiteman made it!(author)2007-06-24

Er, follow the Instructions? Practice in a mirror, though.

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TheCheese9921 made it!(author)2007-06-24

I know I was jk

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Shoebob made it!(author)2007-06-23

lol thumb-emo

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Mitten made it!(author)2007-06-23

You took off your thumb! HOLY CRAP CALL THE HOSPITAL!

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