101 Bets You Will Always Win: Jaw-Dropping Illusions, Remarkable Riddles, Scintillating Science Stunts, and Cunning Conundrums That Will Astound and Amaze Everyone You Know by Richard WisemanEveryone loves a winner. Imagine being able to challenge anyone with seemingly impossible bets, safe in the knowledge that you will always win. Imagine no more. Richard Wiseman is a psychologist who has traveled the globe in search of the worlds greatest bets and in 101 Bets You Will Always Win he shows you how to use science, logic and a healthy dose of trickery always to be on the winning side of every bet you make. Using coins, dice, matchsticks and ordinary objects, youll discover, among many other things,
- how to balance a coin on the edge of a dollar bill
- pick a cup up with a balloon
- balance two forks and a matchstick on your fingertip
- separate two glasses without touching them
In explaining the bets, Wiseman also explains the science behind them making what at first seems mystifying as natural as the laws of gravity. Let YouTube sensation Richard Wiseman turn you into one of those smart people who can say Ill bet I can... and know that youll never lose.
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101 Bets You Will Always Win: The Science of the Seemingly Impossible
Bargoers are skeptical, yet ready to be amazed, in a way that most others are not, making them perfectly primed for the kind of mind tricks Richard Wiseman has up his sleeve. When Wiseman makes a bar bet with you, you are going to lose. His findings in illusion, persuasion, and even self-help have been published in world-class academic journals and cited in textbooks. His own best-selling books on luck and the like have been translated into over 30 languages. But Wiseman is fast becoming best known for his Quirkology series, the YouTube channel of which has racked up over 90 million views, lately on the strength of his Bets You Will Never Lose. I have quite a big library of that kind of material, so I often use that as a source of inspiration.
Place a note on the table and balance a bottle on top of it. Challenge your friends to remove the note but without touching the bottle or knocking it over. To win the bet, knock on the table and whip the note away when the bottle jumps into the air. This bet involves a balloon, a glass and some matches. Challenge your friends to lift the glass just using the balloon.
If you don't have the brawns for arm wrestling, outwit your friends with your brain Use these six bets and challenges to prove yourself, and maybe even earn a little money. The bets are things that look simple to do, but are impossible, and the challenges are tasks that look hard, but have a simple trick to them. The Science: When you lift your leg, your body has to lean slightly the other way to keep you balanced. The Challenge: See who can draw the most perfect circle without using anything other than a pen and piece of paper. The Trick: Place the knuckle of your pinky finger where you want the center of the circle to be and lightly touch the pen to the paper.