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• Last updated: June 4, 2021

How to Put Your Head Through a Piece of Paper

Can put your head through a piece of paper? Even with a full-size piece of printer paper, this can seem impossible. Doing it with just a strip a paper seems doubly so.

Challenging other people to stick their head through a piece of paper makes for a fun gag, because its achievement initially seems hopeless, and then becomes delightfully revelatory once you know the secret. Which goes like this:

Step 1: Cut a piece of paper into fourths. 

The challenge is more impressive when you do it with smaller pieces of paper. It can be done with paper as small as 2 X 5.5 inches.

Step 2: Fold the paper in half lengthwise.

Step 3: Make about 12 cuts into the folded side of the paper.

Do not cut all the way through.

Step 4: Make cuts in the open side, cutting between the cuts you just made on the folded side.

Do not cut all the way through.

This is what it should look like.

Step 5: Cut across the fold, beginning from inside the first cut and ending at the last.

Do not cut through the edges of the paper.

Step 6: Unfurl and put on head.