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Kitchen Broom Trick

You will need a broom. Wrap one hand around the lowest part of the broom handle, as close as possible to the broom itself. Wrap your other hand around the handle, just above your first hand. Hold the broom out waist high. Now have five friends put their hands around the handle above yours (the tallest boy should have his hands at the top of the broom handle), and tell them to pull the broom downward so that the bristles touch the floor. This is five against one.

Would you believe that, no matter how hard they pull and tug, they won't be able to get the broom down? This is because you can easily deflect the downward force they exert by merely moving the broom slightly to the left or right. In effect, they will be pushing the broom sideways, not downward.