Time: The move itself will only take approximately one second, but learning the trick will take five to ten minutes before mastery. Read through each step first before attempting the flip. Each step happens quickly and they are put together in one fluid motion.
Skill level: No experience needed, but good eye-hand coordination is helpful.
- A Hat
- A Hand
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Step 1: The Grip
Grab the bill of the hat with your hand and hold it out in front of you so that the bill points towards you.
- Hold the hat at shoulder height.
- Place your thumb on the underside of the bill.
- Place your four other fingers on top of the bill.
Step 2: The Drop
- Bend only at the wrist and keep your arm still.
Step 3: The Flick
With the bend of your wrist, gently flick your wrist upwards.
- As the hat begins to flip over, release your thumb from the grip so that the hat is able to roll over.
- Keep your hand and fingers sturdy so that the crown of the hat rests on the tops of your fingers.
Step 4: The Slide
Slightly move your arm forward parallel with the ground.
- This is a quick movement that takes place immediately after you flip the hat upwards.
- The hat will come to a momentary pause on your knuckles. At this point, the hat should be flipped upside down with the bill of the hat pointing away from you.
Step 5: The Push
Now with the hat momentarily resting on your hand, flick your four fingers upwards against the crown of the hat.
- This will push the hat to roll back over to the original position.
- Sliding your arm slightly back can also help the hat to roll evenly on the crown.
Step 6: The Grab
As the hat rolls back to the original position, prepare to grab the bill again.
- Bring your thumb back under the bill as it now points towards you.
- This needs to be a quick movement so that you can grasp the bill before the momentum pushes it too far.
Step 7: The Pose
You did it! The hat is now firmly in your grasp and your friends are thoroughly amazed. They will probably ask you to do it again or ask to try it themselves. Hopefully the ground isn't too dirty, because they are bound to drop it without the proper instruction. You can now keep practicing so that it becomes second nature. You can also add elements like flipping it horizontally, or flipping it back onto your head. Good luck with your hat tricks!