It's In the Bank

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It's In the Bank
Number 34
Broadcast Date November 6, 2008
Episode Length 7:22
Hosts Brian Brushwood

This week we've got another puzzle with a setup that sounds absolutely impossible.

Revision3 Summary

THE SETUP: Fold a toothpick in half, making a "V" shape, and place it on top of the mouth of a beer bottle. Next Place a dime on top of the folded toothpick, and offer the following question:

How do you get the dime into the beer bottle, without touching the bottle, toothpick, or dime...without letting the toothpick fall off the top of the bottle, and without shaking the table?

THE ANSWER: Don't be surprised if your mark just flat-out doesn't believe this one is possible...the restrictions are so tight, it seems there's no way to pull it off, but the solution is unbelievably elegant:

Just drip a couple of drops of water (or any other drink) onto the fold in the toothpick. The water will cause the wood to expand, opening the toothpick and allowing the dime to drop right in.

Great Quotes

"The old cankles trick!" -guy on the right

Next Week

Next episode, we're gonna do something a little bit environmental. We're gonna learn how to charge your cell phone off of the energy of a running faucet.

Fun Facts

  • The opening montage includes a clip from The Equation, eight episodes ago.
  • Jonathan Pritchard is not credited as Creative Consultant here.
  • Filmed at Kezar Pub & Restaurant.
  • After the credits, there is a "from a previous episode" segment with footage from The Equation. It reveals that these guys actually defeated Brian's tricks twice.



Preceded by:
"From the Forums - Part 2!"
It's In the Bank
Followed by:
"Stick It To 'Em with The Funnel"