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Pulling tricks are also known as pulling fireworks or booby traps. They are basically pull-string firecrackers. Each end of the pulling trick has a length of string so here's where the booby trap capabilities come into play. Tie a bicycle to a fence for example. When the victim comes to get his bike, he'll get a very loud surprise. You can add more string to the booby traps of course and also tie several together. Use these to rig up house doors, kitchen cabinet doors or drawers, tools on a bench, helmet to a motorcycle, chair legs to a table, anything that can be tied together. Or just use them as firecrackers without the hazard of fire from lit fuses.
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Readers and contributors to The Practical Joker newsletter provided some additional ways to use pulling tricks:
This is a prank of opportunity directed towards those who have old fashioned, pull-string light fixtures where they live. This works best when the room is totally dark and the pull string fixture is the only light in the room. When your victim is not around, take the pull string to the light and tie it up over the light so that it is no longer accessible. Create a new pull-string made up of several pulling tricks tied together and a string hanging down for a lead. Anchor the other end of the string to something solid such as the light itself, as long as it is secure. You may have to use a tack to the ceiling to set up the fake pull. You'll want the new string hanging in the vicinity of where the original pull was. When the new string is set up, you just have to wait for your victim to enter the room. When they reach up to pull the string in the dark room, they're going to be in for one hell of a surprise. (A former Fiendish Idea of the Week sent in by Lenny from Knoxville, Tennessee.)
Pulling Trick Variation
I have a way to make the pulling trick work in more situations. Get some cheap mouse traps. If you tape/glue a penny or old key to the business end it makes a good strike plate. Cut the strings off a pulling trick so all you have is the paper part in the middle. Tape that to the penny. Tie some thin fishing line to the trigger of the trap. You can then tape/tie the other end to just about anything and then carefully set the trap. When the mark grabs the object the fishing line sets of the trap and BANG! You can use this setup to booby trap just about anything! I have even used it on a piece of paper! Just make sure the line and mouse trap are concealed well and you're in business. This works great when strung across a hallway with the line about a centimeter off the ground. (Just don't trip anyone!) (Idea supplied by Steven Gatlin of Roseburg, Oregon.)
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