Learn to pull a tablecloth out from under a table setting for entertainment purposes. Anyone can pull off this simple trick. (Get it? pull it off) With a little bit of practice you can amaze your friends at your next dinner party.

***Before you attempt this trick, read through all of the directions. Pay close attention to step 7 and the troubleshooting tips. This trick takes practice. Do not expect to be successful on your first attempt. ***


Tablecloth (any size)
Heavy Dishes (plastic will minimize breakage, however they may be too light)
Heavy food that will not spill (canned food, fruit, etc.)
Silverware (optional)

Step 1: Lay the Tablecloth on the Table

- The tablecloth should be placed on the table seam side down.
- Make sure there are no wrinkles
- The edge of the tablecloth should meet (be flush) with the edge of the table on the opposite side you will be pulling from.
- There should be a large length of tablecloth overhanging on the side of the table you will be pulling from.

Step 2: Set the Dishes on the Table

- Place the dishes on the opposite side of the table you will be pulling the tablecloth from.
- Begin with one plastic dish until you gain comfort with the movement. See step 7 and the troubleshooting tips for more advice.

Step 3: Weigh Down the Dishes

- The dishes need to be heavy to prevent movement. Place food items in the dishes to create more weight. (Fruit or cans)

Step 4: Positioning Yourself

- Center yourself in the middle of the table, opposite the side of the dishes.

Step 5: Hand Placement

- Hold the edge of the tablecloth with your hands shoulder width apart.
- Bunch or gather the tablecloth until your hands meet the table.

Step 6: Pull the Tablecloth

- Quickly pull the tablecloth straight down to the floor.
- As you pull straight down take a step back.
      o Be sure to pull straight down

Step 7: Practice

- Begin by practicing with one plastic dishe to get the feel for the movement. Practice a few times. The trick will most likely not be successful until you use heavier dishes.
- As you get feel more confident you can place the dishes in the center of the table or add more dishes.

Step 8: Finish

- As you gain confidence you can flourish the tablecloth for dramatic effect.

Step 9: Troubleshooting/ Tips

- It is easier if you put the dishes near the top of the table opposite of you.
- Be sure when you’re pulling the tablecloth, pull straight down so the dishes don’t slide off the table.
- If you’re having trouble with the dishes moving too much, put more food or cans in the dishes to weigh it down.
- The trick will take a while to completely master due to the fact that there is user error in the pulling technique.

Step 10: Source

The ideas and steps for this instructable were taken from, "How to pull a Tablecloth from Under a Place Setting" posted on WikiHow. http://www.wikihow.com/Pull-a-Tablecloth-from-Under-a-Place-Setting
Instructive instructable by an able instructor !! <br> <br>nice job ;) and i can't wait for me to give myself a great excuse for needing to buy new china!! <br>
<p>WOW lol :)</p>
<p>Thank you for posting this act of skill.<br>Speaking as a Magician/Performer with decades behind me, please don't forget to wax (or silicone spray) the bottoms of the dishes. Also make sure the table has a matte surface (slightly rough) and do not wax the table. The dishes need to stay put when they land.<br>Great job, keep on writing and teaching!</p>
Instructive instructable by an able instructor !! <br> <br>nice job ;) and i can't wait for me to give myself a great excuse for needing to buy new china!! <br>
LOL, I love the crazy in you.
Done that
There's a giant mark on my forehead where I was hit by a flying can of refried beans. Cool trick, though.
This is a trick I first saw many years ago. The same go for pulling your hand through the flame of a candle. To get the real feeling we used old porcelain dishes and plates I enjoyed the instructable and it brought old memories back at the youth meeting at church and other parties <br>
You forgot to copy the most important &quot;tip&quot; which is a *requirement* for this very old trick: &quot;Try and find a table cloth without a sewed edge. You can buy material at the fabric store to use as a table cloth, or just cut off the sewed edge on one that you already have. The raised edge may create more turbulence as it passes underneath everything.&quot; THe sewn edge will ruin it and make it much more difficult. <br>S.N.
Having set this up many times I can give more advice.<br>Wrinkles aren't as important as creases.<br>The cloth shouldn't have a sewn hem. These do exist in restaurants.<br>And fairly slick fabric. Take a moment to check out the table cloths the next few times you dine out, you'll see a large variance in hem, fabric, even shape. (Rarely is it square, unless your linen service is expensive)<br><br>That's the biggest point, no sewn hem; only a bound hem.
Where's the video??
Hello Kiteman - <br> <br>Here is the video: <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soi5nfhVjJI <br>Always glad to help.
That's funny, but I meant the video of the author actually doing the trick.
Yes. But I want to help my friends in East Anglia wherever I can. <br>Notice that in the video I attached, the boys were successful in what they set about to accomplish. There is a lesson there for all of us. For me especially.
Pros: <br>1. Material list is easy to find, very specific and helpful. <br>2. You used very precise and clear language. <br>3. Your organization was easy to follow with small detailed steps <br> <br>Cons: <br>1. In Step 1 you say not to have wrinkles in the tablecloth, but in the picture for that step the tablecloth has a lot of wrinkles (in the folds of the fabric) <br>2. You did not use directive words, like &quot;first&quot; or &quot;next&quot; <br>3. Step 8 and 10 could be removed. Step 8 could be more of an optional step given at the end, and Step 10 could probably be included in the introduction. <br> <br>Overall, this was really great! The pros far outweighed the cons, I could definitely do this! Great job!

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