Introduction: Zippo Trick: the Squeeze

I was showing my friends the zippo trick called the twilight zone posted by Fungus Amungus, but they didnt look so impressed as I hoped. I searched the internet finally finding this one. BUT the instructions blowed. I wanted this to be as easy as possible. Here is what I got. Enjoy.

Step 1: How to and Tips

The video is the how to, and the pictures tell how it should be. I am sorry about the video, it is blurry.

PRACTICE IT BEFORE YOU COMMENT, you'll eventually get it.

HOW TO DO IT
Put your middle finger and your pointer finger on the top, and your thumb on the bottom. Have the hinge on your left. Now in one quick motion squeeze with your fingers, top two fingers slide down, and your thumb slides up. The zippo magically opens.

TIPS
At the top of the lighter, keeping your two fingers near the edge of it makes it somewhat easier.

Step 2: Impress Your Friends

Practice and you will perfect it. Do the squeeze and then finish it off with the twilight zone. That will be enough for someone to say "How the hell did you do that". Comments are welcome but be nice.

Comments

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CyrulC (author)2014-09-02

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fmOtJzBKTs

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ASL1014 (author)2014-06-22

How do you add the footnotes on pictures

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fallenspirit123 (author)2008-12-12
I love this trick but I havent practiced it that much. good to see a fellow instructabler passing this trick on
oh and by the way... I havent done this in a long time so dont critize me plz critiqueing only
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I have the same Zippo. Mine's been through quite a bit though, so in some small spots the black has chipped off. Nice choice though :) Mine is E 08, what's yours?

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book54321 (author)Superstormj2012-02-03

where can I get that desine

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Mines A 07 I think, my brother "misplaced" it :( Now I have a normal street chrome zippo, I really miss my old one

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You never really know what attachment to something is, until you have a Zippo haha.

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Yeah, I still haven't found it :(

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I hope you find it soon.
I mean, even your avatar is the bio-hazard sign haha.

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i want a zippo like that. i have a lighter made by sailor jerry ( a rum company) it's not bad, but it's tough to do tricks

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Nice zippo.

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thanks its a biohazard zippo

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Yeah, I want one of those. the company called it hazardous though.

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yeah I knew it was something like that :)

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ttrat (author)fallenspirit1232009-10-26

 I love that zippo.

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fallenspirit123 (author)ttrat2009-10-27

yeah its awesome XD

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ttrat (author)fallenspirit1232009-11-01

 I want one with a black widow on it.

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fallenspirit123 (author)ttrat2009-11-03

I was going to get that one before I got this one, it was a hard choice XD

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Nicely done

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thanks

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sonogo (author)2011-09-19

nice trick. but I strongly recommend you to quit smoking.

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owlcat (author)sonogo2011-12-19

I'm sure you've got bad habits too. We all have. That is not an appropriate comment. Besides which, if this person is an artist or an outdoorsman, they probably ALSO are prone to carrying a lighter. Don't make assumptions, remember what they say about when you assume.

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ctz (author)2011-09-23

I disagree that doesnt look that cool. Could do it in my sleep.

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datextbookguy (author)2011-09-18

That is a very smooth trick. Now I have something to occupy my ADD hands while sitting at the office.

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suckitbassman7 (author)2011-08-05

I've got a C 11 Eight Ball zippo and my dad was in the navy and taught me to do a cooler version of this trick :D

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TYtheParacordGUY (author)2011-06-22

I ordered my Hazardous Zippo Yesterday! :)

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Jimmyz69 (author)2009-01-08

man i think that was the first trick i learned twelve years ago and im 28 where were you

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bloke2022 (author)Jimmyz692009-12-20

I learned this and I am 13.

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thisisandrew (author)2009-08-18

anything you shouldn't have added on the tutorial is "it opens by magic" when I finally got it I felt as if it was like that too but it doesn't help much to learn by that, your trying to give the whole lighter momentum and then stop only the bottom leaving the top to fly open, so one tip I have is to make sure you pointer and middle fingers end up on the lower half that does not move

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lukeyj15 (author)2009-02-27

!!!! :) :) :) :)

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globe (author)2008-11-29

cool

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momorgan (author)2008-11-12

thanks so much, ive been looking for a good tuturial on how to do "the squeeze" and now i can do it. The trick i needed to know was to put my thumb so that it stuck out because the zippo would just fly out of my hands. Thanks very much

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Janig88 (author)2008-09-05

This is nice trick probably the easiest i know but still fun to show friends who doesnt know how to do it. btw it doesnt really matter which side hinge is

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husnain (author)2008-08-31

now i will try

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jericho100 (author)2008-08-30

Nice trick, but be aware that doing this to your Zippo repeatedly can (and probably will) dismount the lid. Considering that Zippos have a lifetime warranty it's not really that big of an issue but if you have a favorite lighter it's a little heartbreaking to see the lid go flying off somewhere after doing this one too many times.

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twenglish1 (author)2008-08-03

holy crap it works, i impressed myself when i did it lol

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Thornburg (author)twenglish12008-08-03

Lol, same.

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TheInventor (author)2008-08-02

If you want to learn more, then buy this if you can afford it. It's well worth the price. It's awesome!!!

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Thornburg (author)TheInventor2008-08-02

But what?

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TheInventor (author)Thornburg2008-08-02

Opps. My bad. I thought I put the link. this. Here's the preview video.

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Gonnser (author)2008-07-03

this is a trick i learned a while ago. My friends are more impressed by the twilight zone.

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Timboscoops (author)2008-06-18

thank you sooo much... for others that are struggling move your fingers from the top and bottom to the flat sides

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Thornburg (author)Timboscoops2008-06-18

No problem, good tip.

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Archive555 (author)2008-06-08

I've been doing this one for a while too, and from my experience it doesn't matter so much which side you have the hinge on. Great Instructable!

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mr have nothing (author)2008-05-18

is it my computer or are you just not saying anything?

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I dont have any sound

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grimfig (author)2008-03-08

doesnt do anything

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Thornburg (author)grimfig2008-03-15

Which means. From your picture it doesn't look like you do much either...

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roflwaffles =D

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Basta (author)2008-03-23

Nice! This is the first time I've heard of this trick, but I got it in about half a minute with your instructions.

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