Precarious Forks | Pensacola MESS Hall

Precarious Forks

For this table trick full of physics, you’ll need a glass, two forks, and a half dollar if you have one. If you don’t, grab a craft stick.

Overlap the tines of a fork, and insert a half-dollar between the tines so that the forks are held together on one half of the coin.

With the fork handles curved inward, balance the larger part of the coin on the rim of the glass.

Why don’t the forks and coin fall?

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Mess Around

Mess around using plastic forks and different coins.

Can you balance the forks with the handles curved away from the glass?

Why?