How to Do Bar Tricks Very Easy Idea
You’ve been buying your own booze at the local bar like a sucker ever since you turned 21. But with a stiff shot of science, you can hustle the tipsy into picking up your tab. Try this pub magic to score yourself some free rounds. — William Snyder How to Do Bar Tricks Very Easy Idea.
The Cork Stand
The challenge: Drop a wine cork so it lands upright. The barfly’s secret: Hold the cork horizontally and drop it from a height 1.5 times its length. Almost every time (don’t bet the house on this), one end of the cork will strike the table first. Its rotational momentum will be just great enough to make it pivot 90 degrees on the hop and stick the landing like an Olympic gymnast.
Bottle openers are first-class levers, but all you really need to crack a beer is a dollar bill. Fold the buck in half and roll it tightly like a cigarette. Then fold it in half again to create a sharp corner. Hold the open end between your thumb and index finger. Grip the bottle’s neck with your other hand to act as a fulcrum. Stick the corner under the lip of the cap and pop. You’ll need substantial finger strength, but the payoff is free beer. And you can leave your lever as a tip.
Playing With Fire
Whiskey and flames make this the Snake River Canyon of bar stunts. First, bet your buddies you can pick up a shot glass with the flat palm of your hand, no cupping. Then fill said glass about halfway with 100-proof well whiskey (80 proof won’t do) and set it ablaze. Press your palm firmly over the mouth of the glass: The flame dies instantly and the resulting vacuum seals the glass to your hand. Lift. Celebrate your feat with a (now free) single malt.