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Now pull the corners outwards and downwards, while maintaining the pinch with your index fingers. This will cause the cover to rip first, then each of the pages, one after the other. The hardest part is the initial rip; after that tear in one motion for full effect!
Obviously, the thicker the phonebook, the more finger strength the trick requires. However, you can challenge your friends to do this: without the proper technique, it is practically impossible to achieve!

Warning though: there soon won't be any phonebooks left in your house if you enjoy this trick as much as I do. Thank god for the internet!

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    PKTraceur

    10 years ago

    Im sorry, you just made me have to impress a LOT of people. :) Im trying to find a book right now, do you have any tips on where to find free extras? -PKT

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    cspannos

    12 years ago

    oh, you have to post a video using a bigger phone book! it's hard bending the bigger ones in the proper way... any suggestions?

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    sam noyouncspannos

    Reply 12 years ago

    hmmmm.... it is harder, but the principle is the same. You just require a little more grip strength.

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    oinkoinkzoopalssam noyoun

    Reply 12 years ago

    yeah i tried to tear a big phone book in half and i couldnt get anything but then again im only 14 years old and dont have the muscle mass maybe

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    milamberoinkoinkzoopals

    Reply 11 years ago

    due i just turned 15 so i know were ya at i needed strong fingers for rock climing the answere? it easy stress balls and chunks o wax stretch bend squash and tear them (also if u do climb try smaler and smaler holds helps heaps)

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    PKTraceurmilamber

    Reply 10 years ago

    Bouldering is the best training for that. I can hang on one arm for literally 300 seconds, or more. (5 min or more) -PKT

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    milamberPKTraceur

    Reply 10 years ago

    very impresive lol haha i posted that coment just under 1 year ago i just turnied 16 know also does pk stand for parkour (talkin bout ya name) and r u realy a traceur

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    xaleneroinkoinkzoopals

    Reply 10 years ago

    Age means nothing. You don't get stronger from existing longer.

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    zascecs

    10 years ago

    Don't ever call me weak again now.....
    lol

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    SketchBoard

    10 years ago

    I learned this after watching some random youtube dreck...So far I have ripped over 30 phone books in half, just ask my roommate. hes amazed that i keep finding stashes of them.. great for taking out rage...oh key point...you must get the pinch and the fold just right or it will give you some trouble...also several failed attempts left my hands worn and inked from the cover...yes you must really grab it.HARD......also if you live in a building they probably deliver like 2doz. every few months. wait a day or so and take em...my superintendent thanked me

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    damasta

    11 years ago

    the video didn't work for me, but I managed to rip a phonebook successfully when I reached step 2 thanx for the instructable

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    ckarkgriswald

    11 years ago

    twenty years ago i did this for beers with a denver phonebook. Today I do it once or twice a year to impress young bucks. (with a Lake of the Ozarks book) Thanks for giving away the secret. Good I dont drink beer any more. PS I once taught a 50 y.o. woman to do it for everyones amazement.

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    Gabba

    12 years ago

    Oh man.............. I will try this until I get it right!!!!!!

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    sam noyounGabba

    Reply 12 years ago

    the hardest part is getting enough phonebooks to practice with in my opinion...

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    Erik Andersensam noyoun

    Reply 12 years ago

    My school passes them out in our town for a fund raiser. I guess you know who (me!) will be asking for the usual about 400 left. This will impress the heck out of my friends at school! In fact, my teacher is always saying he can rip a phone book and just about no one else in my school knows how.(There is about 80 people in my school).

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    codongolevErik Andersen

    Reply 11 years ago

    i'm 14, and I did it about a year ago. so a 13 year old can do it, why can't you?