By Richard Wiseman

ISBN-10: 1509824014

ISBN-13: 9781509824014

What might you do if an individual guess you they can stability a coin at the fringe of a banknote, stroll via a postcard, or make you progress your limbs throughout the energy of recommendation? could you're taking that bet?

From Richard Wiseman, the author of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes an exciting mixture of lateral considering, magic methods and scintillating technological know-how stunts that's bound to attract curious minds everywhere.

Using merely your physique and daily family items, a hundred and one Bets you'll always Win is either a realistic consultant and illuminating exploration of the interesting technological know-how that underpins those likely very unlikely challenges.

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So now you know. A moment ago it was a fun bet. Now it illustrates a vital stage in human evolution and has changed the entire course of history. * * * Oh, and you can take your hand off the table now. WELCOME This book is about how to perform the impossible. For years I travelled the globe in search of the world’s greatest bets and challenges. Leaving no stone unturned, I have tracked down 101 bets that appear totally impossible, yet are easy to win once you know the secret. But there is more to these bets than impressing and entertaining your friends.

This air then tries to escape by moving back up, and this rapid movement of air pushes the cherry tomato out of the glass. IN A SPIN This bet involves a brandy glass, a small tomato and a second glass. Turn the brandy glass upside down and place it over the tomato. Now challenge your friend to move the tomato into the second glass, but they are only allowed to hold the base of the brandy glass. To win the bet, hold the base of the brandy glass, lift the glass a tiny amount off the table, and move the glass in a circle.

Next, challenge your friend to remove the small coin, but without touching the larger ones. To win the bet, find another small coin and quickly flick it along the table so that it hits the small coin at the bottom of the stack. The small coin under the stack will shoot out from under the larger coins, and then you can simply pick it up! The seventeenth-century scientist Sir Isaac Newton spent much of his time watching objects move, and eventually came up with his now-famous laws of motion. The Penny Stack uses Isaac’s first law, which states that stationary objects remain where they are unless a force acts on them.

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