How to Do Cool Zippo Lighter Tricks

Written by charlotte kirkwood
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Look cool and entertain friends and strangers alike with your Zippo lighter with sleight of hand tricks.

The Zippo was invented in 1933 and patented in May of 1934 by George C. Blaisdell. His idea was to create a durable, easy-to-use lighter, and he did just that. Through practice and building familiarity with the Zippo lighter, and hand dexterity, lighter aficionados can learn how better handle their Zippo, perform tricks and look cool.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    The Squeeze

  1. 1

    Hold the Zippo lighter with the thumb on the underside of the lighter, index and middle finger on top. The hinge of the lighter should face the pinky finger.

  2. 2

    Slide the top two fingers along the length of the lid, pushing down on the thumb. This will spin the lighter in the hand until the hinge faces away from the body, the lid flipped open.

  3. 3

    Spin the lighter in the hand until the hinge faces away from the body, flipping the lid open.

    Lid Smack

  1. 1

    Grab the lighter between the thumb and forefinger, with the thumb under the hinge and the forefinger under the lid opening.

  2. 2

    Spin the lighter toward the edge of a table, flipping the lid open and grinding the wheel, lighting the lighter.

  3. 3

    Move swiftly and fluidly. It will appear as if you lit the Zippo by smacking it against the table's edge.

    Twilight Zone

  1. 1

    Bend the wick down into the lighter so that the tip is pushed up against the inside of the casing facing away from the flint.

  2. 2

    Light the Zippo normally.

  3. 3

    Smother the flame between the thumb and index finger. The flame will not be extinguished, but it will be diminished so that an observer cannot see it. You should be able to see a small fire under the wick. In this step you are stealing the flame.

  4. 4

    Shake the lighter to reignite the flame. Throw in a hand gesture to make it appear as if you've thrown the flame back onto the lighter.

Tips and warnings

  • Always take great care when playing with fire.

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