Introduction: Smoking Fingers Trick

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This is a cool and simple trick to amaze your friends with! The only things you will need is a box of matches, a lighter and some scissors.

Step 1: Cutting

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Step one: Cut out a striking surface of the box of matches.

Step 2: Folding

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Step two: Fold the piece in half like I did on the photo.

Step 3: COld

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Step three: Put the folded piece of matchbox on a cool surface, such as a water tap while cold water is flowing. The cold surface of the tap will cause condensation of the smoke created in the next step.

Step 4: Fire!

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Step four: Take your lighter and burn the hell out of that piece of matchbox!
Just set it on fire while it is standing on your water tap. The tap needs to stay cold so keep the cold water flowing.
After that throw it away and discover the brown substance (tar) on the surface of the tap. (crappy picture)

Step 5: Amaze Your Friends

Last step!
Put the brown substance on your fingers and when everyone is watching rub your fingers together. Everyone will be amazed! :D


baba4 (author)2012-04-01

this is off you tube but he realised hed done the same so he removed the video

akwak1 (author)2011-07-31

can you carry around the ashes? if you can, can you tell me how to put the powder in a container, say a jar, without getting any of it trapped on another item, e.g. fingers, sticks, brushes, etc.

pyro1234567890 (author)2011-05-17

Makes your fingers smell bad for a few days though.

pyro_fan_ryan (author)2008-07-31

does it get hot??????????????????????

ab5t3r (author)pyro_fan_ryan2009-03-22

yer and it burns your hand lol not but im gunna do tht

shikaku (author)ab5t3r2010-10-17

nope, its just powderized phospherous. have you ever been burnt by powder?

pdub77 (author)shikaku2011-05-14

Only when I bought baking soda from some guy off the street. . . (just kidding)

no, you keep it cool with the water flowing through the tap. rubbing your fingers only lets the powder disperse

EvilGeniouse16 (author)2008-08-05

Ok, so when i fold the strike surface, is the surface facing up, or is the back?

the back is facing up with the brown surface down

gabrico (author)2009-06-17

I did this and after reading about the whole white phosphurous thing, i got freaked out! what can i do to remove this smell stuff? I already tried Alcohol wipes, soap, water and dish soap.

franklinonline (author)2009-06-01

does this actully work i dont believe videos and this is probably bad for you

sandalian (author)2008-12-20

I've tried this trick when I was a kid. I have two conclusion: - My finger also glowing in the dark. - My fingers smell very bad after doing the trick :(

el hersh (author)2008-06-30

ya dis is cool but i did it like 16 times for ma buddies in a closed room and just about passed out. not intelligent on my part

nc527 (author)el hersh2008-08-29

ah so childish to post fake comments

cardboarddude (author)nc5272008-10-07

might be true cus someone below said that it has white posphorous which is poisonous.

soundblade (author)2008-06-17

yea the fumes are extremely bad for your health, that and that smell doesn't come off your hands for a while, even after u wash them.

ciryx (author)2007-06-13

Kann mir das mal bitte jemand auf Deutsch erklären ?
Was mus sich machen wenn das ding auf dem Wasserhahn liegt und Wasserläuft ? Oder am Besten das ding mit dem Penny das kann ich draußen machen =)

ronmcd (author)ciryx2007-08-25

is he allowed to speak german on this website?

ojochris (author)ronmcd2008-03-29

It's dutch, not German.

QPie (author)ojochris2008-03-30

This is dutch: Hallo ik ben zelf Nederlander dus nederlands praten is voor mij een stukje taart. That is german.

ojochris (author)QPie2008-03-30

Is it? sorry, my german is rusty, I didn't recognize it...

ciryx (author)ojochris2008-03-31

Ja, es ist Deutsch ;)

zimmemic25 (author)ciryx2008-06-02

Ja ist es!

Nazgul (author)QPie2008-04-05

lol dikke lol ik ben ook nederlander dus nederlands praten is voor mij een stukje koek want dat vind ik lekkerder

ciryx (author)ojochris2008-03-30

Wrong !

chezaswolf666 (author)ronmcd2008-01-29

lol hey hey, now, lol jk, the funny thing is im i my second year of German and i understand all of that lol.
ps...(i joined this website just to post this comment...board..yes i am...waste of a life i know..happy...u could say that i am) =_= WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE~

Eddbot (author)ronmcd2007-09-02

my brain is stuck...

Metal4God (author)ciryx2007-09-24

Ich spreche gern Deutsch auf hier seinem Spaß!

wmdfound (author)2008-05-30

arent the fumes from this extremely bad for you?

Tomtrocity (author)2007-05-04

About how much tar do you get per strip?

QPie (author)Tomtrocity2007-05-05

I only used the tar from one strip in that movie.

gama kichi (author)QPie2008-01-22

I burned the strikers a lot, and saw the brown stuff and wiped it off, cause I thought it was supposed 2 be a solid, because it said tar!!!! lol =) Nice instructable though! U did a good job with explaining the stuff.

simonpca (author)2007-07-09
As a warning:

Someone on a Metacafe video has commented:

The residue created in this process contains Urea fomaldahyde, which is a known carcinogen, and Red phosphorus, which can be potentially harmful. The smoke you see is the red phosphorus vapourising caused by the heat produced through friction. However, it should be pointed out that red phosphorus can revert to white phoshorus under frictional heat. White phosphorus is highly toxic!Formaldahyde is used for embalming. It changes cell structure permanently. It's ok for dead people but not for the living.Cell deformity can cause cancer. If you have to try this experiment please wear latex gloves.replyby PorkyPig, 5th, May 
buterSBob29 (author)simonpca2008-01-11

i was gonna try this, but never mind! lol

halomaster007 (author)2008-01-10

ya, take another pic

jakee117 (author)2007-11-14

as simonpca said it is bad 4 u so flag it!!!

jakee117 (author)2007-11-14

omg baddd 4 u

jaknife1102 (author)2007-05-31

i did it, but i did it on my driveway with out getting the condensation. why would you want the condensation? this is 1 sweet trick. the guys @ skool loved it!!

why would u bring it to skool? lol =\

QPie (author)jaknife11022007-06-02

Ehh, what did you do if you didn't use the stuff formed under the piece of the box?

randomaussie (author)QPie2007-06-05

i did use it but it just didnt start smoking

jaknife1102 (author)QPie2007-06-02

when the stuff burns, it leaves behind a brownish liquid. that is what i used. i dont see what the condensation does.

wedoit (author)2007-06-25

you can use a quarter and book matches striker also. i remove some of the paper backing for a better burn. CAUTION: if you see a white spot on the black gunk, remove it!! it is phosphorus and will cause your finger to painfully burst into flame. i know this from experience in my youthful years.

macatraca (author)2007-06-21

I did this today. Put the striker on a tap (letting cold water run). It worked but my fingers are still orange and they smell a lot >_

pooboy (author)2007-06-05

just scrape the stricker with a knife onto a penny then burn the penny and there u have it ,tar.

Bond_1 (author)pooboy2007-06-16

No you need water to condense the tar into a liquid form, kinda maybe a little thicker than water.

randomaussie (author)pooboy2007-06-05

does it work with other coins because im australian and we dont have pennies


but it gets so hot how do you hold it ?

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