Toothpick Balance Trick

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My boys always love new tricks to perform to the family. Especially ones that can be done at the dinner table. Since it’s toothpick week I thought it was a perfect time to share this fun trick. This balancing
act has 2 variations depending on your patience and materials. For the
first one you’ll need a glass of water (or bottle, soda can etc), spoon,
fork and a toothpick.

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Slide the spoon into the fork so they are “stuck” together.

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Put the toothpick in the middle of the fork.

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Here’s
where the patience comes in. Place the end of the toothpick along the
edge of the glass while balancing the fork and spoon. You’ll want to
make small adjustments while keeping your hands on both the fork/spoon
and the toothpick. As you adjust you’ll feel the balance and can make
small adjustments until it feels just right. Once you’ve done it a few
times this will get easier.

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For
the second (and a bit harder) version. You’ll
need an apple (or salt
shaker, cork in a bottle – anything you can stick a toothpick in
securely), fork, spoon and 2 toothpicks.

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Repeat
the same steps as the above trick with the fork, spoon and one of the
toothpicks. Stick the other toothpick vertically in the apple.

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Now
is the tricky part. You’re going to balance the end of the toothpick on
the edge of the other toothpick. Again, this will take small movements
and some patience. My silverware is very heavy and it still worked.

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I’d
love to know if you got it to work so let me know! Also, would you
like/prefer video instructions for our tricks and ideas as well?

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