How to Draw 2 Unconnected Squares Without Lifting Your Pencil

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This is how to draw 2 unconnected squares on the same sheet of paper without lifting your pencil. It's good for parties and for taking money from unsuspecting dupes.

All you need is a regular pencil and a regular sheet of paper.

Step 1: Draw First Square

Turn your paper longways (landscape view) and draw a square towards the right side of the paper.

Don't lift your pencil.

Step 2: Fold the Paper.

Fold the far end of the paper over so that the far edge is now right up against the top of your pencil.

To avoid arguments later on with sore losers, try to avoid creasing the paper.

Don't lift your pencil.

Step 3: Travel Time.

Draw onto the back side of the paper. Pull the paper away from the first square towards the other side of the paper. This should leave a clean gap between the square you have drawn and the one that you will draw when you do finally draw back onto the front side of the paper.

When you traveled a couple of inches, carefully drop your pencil back onto the proper side of the paper.

This might get messy on the back side of the paper. It doesn't matter. Whatever you do, don't lift your pencil!

Step 4: Finish It Up.

Unfold the paper (if you haven't done so already) and draw your second square.

Now you may lift your pencil and gloat.

You might want to practice a few times before you start wagering anything too important.

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    jbrecken

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Or you could break the pencil, sharpen the other end and curve the paper around in a U shape with the pencil in the middle and a hard surface against each side. This might work better if you're in one of those family restaurants with free crayons for kids.

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    HamO

    11 years ago on Introduction

    carefully drop your pencil back onto the proper side of the paper oops, to drop your pencil it must have been lifted.

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    randofoHamO

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    No. Paper, however thin, has 4 sides. We're dropping it off one surface, down one edge and back onto the other surface. I swear.

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    staticrandofo

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    The paper has 6 surfaces. Claiming "that pencil is always in contact with the sheet of paper" when making the wager, rather than, " without lifting your pencil" may be the better script. Taking a moment to rub the pencil against the edge of the paper, to insure the edge has a discernible pencil mark would help make your case against any dissenters. The most you would make from me is a dollar or a beer if I was in a generous mood. Being curious as to what the catch is, why I'd take the bet.

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    HeyJD

    8 years ago on Introduction

    What if you only have 1 sided paper! :-P

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    casey321b

    10 years ago on Introduction

    or use your eraser to move or slide the pencil without touching the lead on there

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    Comprine

    11 years ago on Introduction

    You wouldn't lift your pencil if you were to DROP it, right? ...Technically :b

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    endolith

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Or just draw the square very darkly and then fold the paper over and rub it so it transfers second (and third, and fourth) square.

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    R3D

    11 years ago on Introduction

    No one bets against me anymore because of tricks like this I love Em.

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    nosemeat

    11 years ago on Introduction

    another way you could do this is to hold the pencil almost parallel to the paper, fold the paper over onto the pencil again, hold it in place, and then draw the squares. luckily, i found this step-by-step illustration which might explain it better..

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