330 Volt "Shocking" Electric Deck of Cards! - (Electric Shock Kissing Prank)




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Here's how to make a deck of cards that will pump out a shocking 330 volts of electricity.  Stuart Edge used it in his "Electric Shock Kissing Prank" to show the ladies how a man can really put the sparks in a kiss.


See the "Stuart Edge - Electric Shock Kissing Prank"

Download the Shocker Circuit Schematic here

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Step 1: Watch the Video!

WARNING: This electric shocker outputs around 330 volts DC, and delivers a surprising jolt.  Be familiar with dangers associated with electric shocks, minor burns, damage to tissues, and possibility of cardiac arrest.  This project should not be attempted without adult supervision and adequate training.  Misuse, or careless use, of tools or projects may result in serious injury.  Use of this video content is at your own risk.

Step 2: Modified Deck of Cards - Looks Normal Enough

This deck of cards may look normal enough, but it has a very shocking secret!  330 volts to be exact!

I made this gadget for Stuart Edge to use in his "Electric Shock Kissing Prank"

Using a magic card trick as a decoy, Stuart and his friend Kaitlin Snow got volunteers to kiss them to see if they could "feel the magic".

When their lips touched, a 330 volt connection was made and the sparks were flying.  

Check out their video to see some awesome reactions!

But .. how does it work?

This is how I made it...

Step 3: The Secret Within

The secret is in the shocker circuit integrated into the deck.  

When the "stealthy"oil tape electrodes are touched by the user and the volunteer, only 1 more connection needs to be made to complete the circuit.

In this case, the circuit is completed with a kiss, and that is where the majority of the electric shock is felt.  

Have you ever felt magic in a kiss?

Using the deck to charge a capacitor, and discharging on a piece of aluminum foiled demonstrates the power that can be captured from the device.  

Here's how to build it...

Step 4: The Shocker Circuit

I started by heading to a local drug store and stopping at the photo center.  They usually have a whole bin full of disposable cameras ready to be shipped for recycling, and I get them free each time I ask.

For this project, I had a FujiFilm Camera, model #1A2L1701.  No particular reason for this brand, it's just the one I picked first.

If you want to follow the next steps exactly, you can look for the model number on the outside of the casing.

Opening the case, you'll find a circuit board.  This board drives the camera flash and charges an electrolytic capacitor with 330 volts.  You'll probably get shocked you if you take it out bare handed.  To avoid getting shocked, use a piece of metal to short out the 2 leads on the capacitor, as seen in the pictures.

The circuit needs to conceal inside the deck, so it has to be made smaller.  Much smaller.

To do this, desolder the 5 components seen here in my free schematic diagram and solder the components directly to themselves as depicted.

I also chose to add a AAA battery holder and a 1M Ohm tuning potentiometer to adjust the voltage output.

3 wires come off the transformer.

1 goes to the potentiometer, 1 goes to battery positive, and the other goes to battery negative, and continues on out.

This should leave 2 leads exposed, which will later be attached to the shocker pads.

The last step is to fold some paper around the circuit, and fill with copious amounts of hot glue.  This should strengthen the components by holding them firm in place.

Step 5: Rig the Deck

My shocker circuit was the equivalent of 40 cards tall, so I used a hobby knife, and a plastic template I made to cut all 40 cards in a way that would accommodate the circuit.

The circuit is a good fit, and because nothing is glued together, the cards can move freely, giving the illusion that it's just a normal deck.

To make the secret shocker pads, I cut a hold in the bottom card, and wrapped conductive foil tape (from most hardware stores) through the hole, and around both sides.  The shocker circuit sits on top, and the wires connect to each respective pad.  

Note:  The hole needs to be large enough that the pads won't touch each other and short out .. and the user needs to be aware that touching them both at the same time will result in an accidental self shock.

The last 11 or 12 cards just sit on top, can shuffle freely, and give the appearance everything is normal.

The best part is, it all fits back into the original packaging.

Step 6:

Stuart Edge brought me a nicer carrying case, and it was an easy transfer.  Now this gadget was 100% ready for his kissing prank video.

You can see him holding one side of the cards (one electrode) and the guest holding the other side (opposite electrode).

When they kiss, do they feel the magic?

You be the judge.

It's important to remember that even though the amount of current flowing in this circuit is extremely low, there may be risks associated with electric shocks.  It's important to be aware of the risks, and make safety a top concern.

Step 7: Closing Up

Well, there you have it!  That's how to put the electricity in your kiss.  But it's up to you to find your partner.

If you haven't see the video yet, it's not too late.  See it here!
If you like this project perhaps you'll like some of my others. Check them out at www.thekingofrandom.com
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    14 Discussions

    addison w

    1 year ago

    could a 3.7V 240mAh 45c rechargeable battery work in the place of the 1.5V AAA or would you need to add further components to accommodate for the extra voltage?


    4 years ago

    Can I use 100k instead of the 1m potentiometer


    4 years ago

    Hey there! I love this project. But I am hoping that someone knows where I could get the 1 ohm potentiometer. It's the only thing i need to finish assembling my project.


    6 years ago

    So I was making it. Then I drop the diode. Too bad I don't have another camera handy. Still a cool project.

    Dr. dB

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Of course, one has to be EXTREMELY careful NEVER to apply such "comedy" to anyone with a hidden medical condition, like a cardiac pacemaker, a muscle-spasm-relaxing TENS machine, epilepsy, Tourette's or any other sort of "tic", plus a veritable raft of other situations which could be severely aggravated by the sudden introduction of what amounts to a small bolt of lightning.

    Then again, if a medical condition is "hidden", it's kinda tough to tell who has one and who doesn't, so you're pretty much gambling with your victim's health based upon PURE GUESSWORK, ain't'cha???

    My "hidden tic", for example, takes the following form:

    Whenever I'm handed something which delivers an unexpected and unnecessary electrical jolt to me, the hand holding it at the time has two instantaneous and automatic reactions:

    ...first, it repeatedly slams the device against the skull of the perpetrator until one or the other of those two offending objects lies shattered in tiny pieces all over the floor.

    ...second, it dials the police and files assault charges....

    Nothing I can control, you understand - strictly a medical condition!

    At least you've included a fairly good warning and disclaimer with your 'ible.

    I would simply reinforce it a bit by adding:

    Always be MASSIVELY circumspect with alleged "fun" of this type... and upon whom you inflict it. It can easily lead to unpredictable, and infinitely regrettable, results.

    Like a hospital stay - or worse - for someone.

    And jail time - or worse - for someone else.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Shocking! But in a good way :D
    Gone to the Blog:


    6 years ago

    Hi, you have 6 connections on the diagram for the transformer (yellow circles), as I'll have different access to kit, can you show more clearly what those connections actually connect to? Cheers!


    6 years ago

    Hi, you have 6 connections on the diagram for the transformer (yellow circles), as I'll have different access to kit, can you show more clearly what those connections actually connect to? Cheers!


    6 years ago on Step 4

    Be careful with the hot glue. High temperature glue guns can heat the glue hot enough to fry some transistors.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The only thing to worry about with hot glue is burning yourself with it. Reflow soldering systems reach temperatures hotter than a glue gun, and transistors can easily and reliably handle it. Although household glue guns rarely approach the thermal maximum of a transistor (TO-92 package), those that do come close would still have a difficult time actually damaging a transistor, especially one that isn't operating.

    I'm sure that household hot-melt glue would be safe for transistors and associated components (with the possible exception of electrolytic capacitors). I'd stake my 25yrs of electronics engineering on it.


    6 years ago

    Cool, but hurtful. Be careful