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Most of these bets and tricks involve empty bottles, coins and dollar bills. Learn a few new tricks to impress your friends, or just hustle them out of al their singles and change!

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Step 1: Watch this video!

Watch me perform and explain each of these nifty tricks and bets in a short video!

Step 2: The business card flick

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All you'll need is a business card from your own or a friend's wallet and a penny. Place the card on top of the bottle and the penny on top of the card. Make sure the penny is positioned over the opening of the bottle. Flick the edge of the card and send it flying! The penny will fall straight into the bottle.

Step 3: Liberate that dollar from a stack of quarters

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Place a dollar on top of an empty bottle and pin it down under a stack of four quarters. The bet here is to remove the bill without touching or removing the quarters. Lick your finger and quickly swipe down at the bill. It will stick to your moist finger and pull out from under the coins without displacing them from atop the bottle. Voilà, you're practically David Copperfield.

Step 4: Yea, they'll get this one wrong

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Place a bottle upside down on the center of a dollar bill. Ask a friend to remove the bill without touching or knocking over the bottle. Most people will attempt to yank the bill out from underneath the bottle. Unfortunately for them this will never work. Instead the answer is to roll the bill. keep your fingers in either side as you roll. The center of the bill will push the bottle off smoothly. Perfection, you've won yourself a dollar!

mbridwell8 months ago
Olive into the wine glass trick is pretty cool. Place an olive on the bar in front of guest, next to the olive sit a wine glass(upright)next to it and tell guest they need to get the olive inside the wine glass with out touching olive or picking it up with hands or any object. When they give up, simply place wine glass OVER the olive(upside down) and quickly move in circular motion, the faster the better,The olive will spin up into the wine glass, as it climbs up into middle swoop glass quickly back upright position and olive will be in glass. I'm bartending tomorrow maybe I can shoot a video!!!
The Best Hobbies Blog (author)  mbridwell8 months ago

That's pretty great, I've actually never heard that before. Thank you for sharing!

thumbs up! also a fine trick! thanks!
grt577 months ago

Great tricks, but um, I'm wondering, based on the end shot, if you truly understand what the drinks inside the bottle are for? <wink>

jgibso78 months ago
Also, dont forget about pulling the cork out of a wine bottle using a cloth napkin. Empty the wine bottle then shove the cork all the way down into the bottom of the bottle. Pinch down a corner of the napkin and start shoving it down into the bottle. Once the napkin is just down past the neck of the bottle, flip the bottle over and position the cork so that it lands on a flat part of the napkin. Start pulling the napkin out slowly until the cork jams into the neck of the bottle. The seam on the edge of the napkin should catch the bottom of the cork. Then just give it a good yank.
agrace88 months ago
Put a dime in a shot glass... Then a quarter. To remove the dime without touching anything, blow hard down the side of the shot glass and the dime will fly out and the quarter remains.. This has to be a regular sized shot glass. :)
Oldbear8 months ago

I can drink three pints of beer before you can drink two shots... loser pays. Line up the pints and shots on the bar. Rules are that you can't touch the other person's glasses. Say, "Since you have two shots and I have three beer, can you spot me the first one?" Down your beer somewhat fast... as you get close to the end of the beer switch your hand grip so that when done it will be upside down in your hand... they will grab their shot glass and you will now drop your empty glass over they other shot glass... they can't get their last shot... now drink your pints at whatever speed you like... as the other person goes to pay...

snoopindaweb8 months ago

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Take two glasses put water a dollar bill in them. Have bartender submerge both glasses till there is no air. The trick is to get the bill out with out spill ALL of the water which means you can spill the answer use a cocktail straw to remove the bill. Note do not let water in to the cocktail straw or you will lose. water's elasticity and vacuum pressure allow this trick to happen.
mbridwell8 months ago
Correction*** use a schooner(brandy glass).. The wine glass stem is too long
jgibso78 months ago
pint glass, saucer, cup of water, book of matches. fill the saucer almost to the brim. make a triangle with the matchbook so that the matchheads are facing up. pull out one match and strike it. float the matchbook in the water. light all the matches with the lit one and then place the pint glass over top of the burning matches. all of the water from the suacer will be pulled into the pint glass. voilà! you made a huge mess on a bartop!
The Best Hobbies Blog (author)  jgibso78 months ago

I get the feeling I should't try this one, haha.

dphạm148 months ago


Awesome! I'll definitely be doing some of these to my friends.

nerfrocketeer8 months ago


emmae218 months ago
My friend showed me one ill put it up when I have a video
The Best Hobbies Blog (author)  emmae218 months ago

Can't wait to see it!

EthanBeltramo8 months ago