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Description: This is the ancient art of hurling wet paper at targets.

Difficulty: Easy

Obtain a straw and a napkin.

Remove the straw from the wrapping.

Rip off a piece of napkin about 1 inch by 1 inch. Just enough to create a ball the size of the opening of the straw. If your straw is bigger you will need more paper.

Put the piece of napkin in your mouth and roll it around to make a nice moist slimy ball.

Raising the straw to your mouth, insert the ball into the tip of the straw. The wetness of the ball will hold it in the tip.

Holding your tongue against the entrance of the straw, build pressure in your mouth then draw your tongue back quickly to send the pressure of air into the straw.

Result: A slimy wet paper projectile will eject from the straw and splatter against any surface.

Description: This trick creates what looks like a growing worm when you add water.

Difficulty: Easy

1. Get a straw still in its wrapper.
2. Start pulling down the paper so it crunches together towards the bottom of the straw. Try to keep it from breaking, but make it as tight as you can.
3. Slip the compressed paper off the straw and lay it on the table.
4. Take the straw and stick it in a glass of water. Seal it off on the top with your index finger and draw out about an inch of water.
5. Let go of your finger over the straw worm and douse the straw paper with the water.

Result: The straw will absorb the water and appear to grow.

Description: This is a simple trick to do at a restaurant when you are bored.

Difficulty: Easy

Get a straw still in its wrapping.

Remove the straw and flatten the wrapping at the fold.

Fold it in the middle at a 90 degree angle.

Fold one side over the side you just folded.

Fold the first side over the second side.

Continue folding each side over the other until there is no more paper left.

Hold on to each side of the paper and pull apart lightly not to break.

Result: A shape in the form of a xylophone will be created.

Description: This trick creates a loud popping sound when performed right.

Difficulty: Easy

Find a straw. The thick, malleable ones from McDonald’s work great.

Pinch each side of the straw to seal off the air inside.

Begin winding up the straw so the air inside increases pressure. Wind it up to about two inches.

Get a friend to flick the pressurized middle.

The straw will crack.

Result: Pop! The straw explodes and emits a loud pop!