The Four Matchsticks Puzzle - The Solution

Published : 26/09/2010 16:00:31
Categories : Party Tricks

One of the things that we like doing throughout this blog is providing you with a few party tricks, tricks and betchas, and a few days ago I set you a seemingly impossible yet tantalisingly simple little gamble which used just four matches, four pencils or four sticks, depending upon whether you're trying this out at your local pub, or at home with the children. fourmatchesTo start off with all you need to do is to lay out four matches, or whatever it is you're using, in a square arrangement as in the picture above.

In other words you have four matches which create four sides and four corners, and all you have to do is to remove one of the matches to leave four. It seems utterly impossible doesn't it?

And yet as with most betchas and bar gambles it has a lot to do with the wording. For examples, I didn't say that you couldn't move one of the remaining matches, and I didn't really specify that you were to leave four matches by removing one. I simply said that by removing one, you had to leave four. I'm not going to describe in words how to do this. Simply check out the little animation below, and I'm sure that very quickly all will become crystal clear. The only thing I'm glad about is that you can't cause me physical pain through your computer screen, although I'm quite sure you would if you could at this point! fourmatchessolutionIf you have any good party tricks, bar tricks or betchas of your own, why not send them in and share them with other people, if for no other reason than to get your own back?

If you're new to this blog, then you might like to check out our party tricks category and discover our growing collection of fascinating, interesting and entertaining magic tricks and party tricks, all of which are extremely simple to learn, yes infuriating for those who don't know the secret. Watch this space, because we have plenty more ideas to infuriate and entertain you!

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