Gather the materials. (A striker from a matchbox (black, not red). An ashtray. A lighter. Water on hand for dampening the flame if needed. Soap and water for cleaning.) Have a bowl or jug of water on standby, just in case. Remove or roll up any clothing that is loose or dangling around the wrist, hand, and finger regions.
Remove the striker from the side of the matchbox. Either cut it away, or gently tear it from the box.
Fold the striker in half. Fold it hot dog style, and have the cardboard facing on the outside.
Place the striker in an ashtray. Place it with the cardboard side facing upwards.
Light the striker part. Use a lighter to start a small fire.
Burn it for a little while.
Push the burnt out striker part aside. The brown residue is left in the ashtray.
Wipe the residue off the ashtray with a finger.
Rub your fingers against each other. You should see the smoke appear, and it will look as if it is “coming out of your fingers”. The effect will last a long while but you can add more residue if you wish to continue the trick for longer.
Wash your fingers well. Remove all traces of the residue at the end of the trick, as the residue can be harmful.
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How to Make Your Fingers Smoke
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How to make milk come out of your eye
How To Whistle: Birdcall
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How to make a fake cigarette
How to make a Shocking Door Handle
How to Flip your Eyelids
How to tie your shoe with no hands
How To Make A Taser With a Disposible Camera
How To Do My Lego Magic Trick
How To Do the RubberBand up Your Nose Trick
How To Make A Water Bottle Bomb (it just makes a really loud sound)
p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Yes, indeed. Speaking of Everett Lewis, do you have any idea what he’s up to these days? Is he still making films? ** KK, Hi. Ah, well, that’s good about Slipknot, and I’m not that surprised. I’ll watch for them if they hit French shores. I guess they do. Thanks a lot for the manuscript. I’m getting through some deadline-y stuff right now, and then I’ll excitedly read it. Trouble figuring out a title? Would be good if it had one before you send it out. Don’t want to give publishers the chance to name it something saleable. I like Brian Allen Carr’s writing. I’ll look for that book. No, we’re far from shooting the next film. We’re just about to start raising the money, and that’ll take a while. Uh, I’m, not sure what I was referring to about the construction sites. I’m blanking. I like the John Wick movies, they’re big fun. Beards + hot weather = sweaty face? I like sandwiches. I bet making them is an art form. Things are good here, getting too busy suddenly. Favorite snack? Smoked tofu wrapped in a tortilla at the moment. Yeah, I’m temporarily off cheese. In one of my vegan phases. I love cheese though. I want nachos. Good day right back in your direction. ** Bill, Hi. Yep, sad. Lucky you re: SF Electronic Music Festival. Carl Stone’s playing. I haven’t seen him play in ages. Give me any scoop if you go. ** alex rose, Hi, A! Trauma, I’ve had a few. Me, I think, or I’m at least happy to hear, that you didn’t burn that Jimi bridge. Getting the work out there is pretty important, for those who get to see it at the very least. So, good, phew even. April! Gonna try to align with that, like I said, if at all poss. He should move to Tribeca. That seems to be the new happening area. I love your work, I can’t help it. It’s beyond my control. I’ve been reading about the ‘Painted Bird’ film, yeah. I read the book a million years ago. I’ve got one eye on the local listings and trying not to cringe at it being, whatever, 3 hours long. Big biggest love back! ** Keatonpenos, There’s a bakery in the 10th like that. I stand in that line often. Oh, right, I need to check the art listings, I still didn’t. And hear your songs. I’ve got this work bullshit fucking piece of shit requirement on my brain and time that’s suddenly eating me. Help. “Help yourself.” Okay, I’ll try to do that. I read something about Judd Nelson the other day. I can’t remember. He’s alive, I remember that. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Dundee was the drug capital of Europe in 2018? Whoa. I’m gonna see if that doc its something French people can watch. ** Brendan, Hey, B-ster! Great to see you, bud! Your show’s open! I want to see! I’ll tell my local lads and lasses and others to get there. Congrats! That’s exciting! I am happy you’re back lurking and not just lurking. Halloween so, so soon! Are you ready? Dude. ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Wait, typed where? In the post or in my comment? I’m confused. More coffee please. ** Quinn R, Hey, Quinn. Great that you’re into the final edit phase on your LDR piece. Can’t wait. The dominant media take on things is just dust in the wind if one can be patient. Which is hard. Very interesting, what you wrote. To be honest, I thought her going after Ann Powers was a bit dodgy, but I know Ann, so … Well, I think the truth in Mary’s assessment is being played out every minute of every day in the US, right? I think my work doesn’t seem political because it and I are anarchist and thus not able to be generalised about and easily located by people who think a work’s politics is a matter of it showing signs that it has joined a pre-set grouping. I’ve liked Lana Del Rey’s stuff in a kind of non-passionate, vaguely interested way. It doesn’t speak to me, I guess is what I’m saying. I’m interested by the passion generated by it. People definitely consume my work with what you call ‘bad faith’ a lot and always have, and I’ve long since not had any hope of thinking I can control that. When you make precise, open-ended work under the assumption that people will receive it thoughtfully, attentively, open-mindedly, I guess you’re asking for that. Nice about the New Yorker thing. Fence is cool. Like I said, I love LA as a place and a place to live. Neighborhoods? Not being there other than a couple of short visits a year, I’m a bit out of it. I love the Los Feliz <-> Echo Park area where I live. People seem to be into living in Boyle Heights, or they were. For me, the east side is the most interesting, east of, say, Fairfax. But most of the whole city and surrounds are pretty great. But Europe as a locale is awesome, maybe more so even. I’ve never had a 9-5 job in my life, so I’m the wrong person to ask. I’ve always tried to get by in a freelance way — journalism, projects, advising art students at universities, book sales, etc. ‘Confessions of a Mask’ was big for me as a young dude. Well, you could write a novel — but don’t ‘crank it out’, ha ha; too many ‘cranked out’ novels in the world — and apply to grad school as well, no? And see what happens? I don’t know. That’s probably what I’d do. Take care. ** Steve Erickson, Good news about the actor/voice over guy. No, no new news or info or anything at all about Alan Boyce. Same story. Maybe someone who knows something will see the post at some point and get in touch. If I hear anything, I’ll let you know. Yeah, totally understood about how swamped programmers are, but leaving people hanging and hoping for months and months when you’ve already made a decision is not acceptable. All they have to do set up a form rejection email and push Send to the filmmakers they’re rejecting. That may be cold, but it’s a hell of a lot kinder than just pretending people who submit films don’t give a shit whether they’re accepted or not. That’s selfishness central. ** Right. Today I’ve restored a very old post again, but this time it’s one that takes it very easy on all of you. See you tomorrow.