Back Flip is theoretically simple: flip pencils from the back of your hand and catch them in the same hand. It's not that tricky if you practice.
Flip groups of pencils from the back of your hand in the air and catch them with the same hand. The groups increase by two pencils each time, starting with two and finishing with twelve. Complete all six catches in one minute or less, and you move on.
- 12 pencils
- 6 small tables or other flat surfaces (such as stools or chairs)
How to Play
To set up the game, place the tables in a row, leaving about a foot between each one. Place two pencils on each table.
You will be using only one hand to flip and catch the pencils. When the timer begins, use your opposite hand to place the first group of two pencils on the back of your flipping/catching hand. Flip the pencils up in the air and catch them, then carry them to the next table. Repeat this procedure, adding two more pencils at each table, until all twelve pencils have been successfully flipped and caught. You have one minute to complete the task.
- Pencils must be placed with the erasers facing in the same direction.
- If you drop the pencils, collect them and try again. You must complete each set before moving on to the next.
Tips and Tricks
This is one game that you can master with practice. Make sure the pencils are bunched as closely together as possible, and flip them just high enough to give you time to grab them. It should all work in one swift motion.
The blueprint with video instructions for this game can be found at NBC.com.