Friction Fred’s “Magic” Spoon


To demonstrate friction in an unusual way


• Metal spoon (light as possible)

• Washcloth or paper towel


Wipe off any oil on your nose and face with a washcloth or paper towel. Breathe onto the inside curved part of the spoon. Touch the curved part of the spoon to the end of your nose. Move the spoon around until it sticks. Let go of the spoon very slowly. This might take more than one try.


The spoon will stick to your nose. When you rub the metal against your skin, friction is created. It is friction that holds the spoon to your nose.