How To Pencil Spin
Knowing how to pencil spin will make you the coolest guy in, uh... school. The 360 Normal--the basic spin as it is called in the pencil spinning community--is not that difficult to learn. The basic movement involves pushing the pen around your thumb and then catching it again. Sound easy? It might just be, but it may take a lot of practice.
Things you'll need:
- A pencil
- Place your forefinger near the eraser. This is just to hold the pencil in place.
- Place your third finger in the middle of the pencil. This is going to be the fulcrum where the pen spins around, so the closer to middle you can put it, the better. Make sure you have a good grip, too.
- Place your thumb somewhere in between. Your thumb is going to provide the pressure to spin it around. If you have sweaty hands, you may want to wash them before attempting this.
Apply pressure with your thumb and bring your forefinger towards your middle finger. If done correctly, the pen should spin around your thumb. Don't catch it at the moment, you are just working on the spin right now. If you don't do it correctly and the pencil falls, pick it up and try again. Experts recommend the use of a mechanical pen because it has a better center mass.
- Work on catching the pencil. This may come naturally as your inclination will be to catch the pencil rather than let it fall. After the pencil starts spinning around your hand, you should just open your hand again and the pencil should fall into place.