The Disappearing Pencil Trick

Pencil Flags (c) Kristen Dembroski

My students can do this amazing magic trick with pencils. Every year, I start with 50 beautiful bright yellow sharpened #2 pencils. By December, I only have about 2 left. WHERE did they GO? My students won’t tell me, because great magicians never reveal their tricks.

Well to combat the disappearing pencil trick this year, I decided to use pencil flags. They are inexpensive when compared with the flower pens, and an easy visual reminder that the pencil belongs in room 204.

I used Duck Tape brand rainbow-colored duct tape purchased from Walgreens for about $3.50.

Some former students (now seniors! ah, where does the time go?) were visiting me today as I set up my classroom. They said the flags were a cool idea and they think they might actually work. Here’s hoping!



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3 Comments on The Disappearing Pencil Trick

  1. jessica
    August 22, 2015 at 6:24 am (9 years ago)

    I did this and my kiddos pulled off the tape!

    • kdembro
      August 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm (9 years ago)

      Ugh – what stinkers!!!

  2. Maureen
    August 4, 2016 at 9:41 am (8 years ago)

    I plan to put the tape on but just around the pencil! Next to the pencil container they’ll be a sign in and sign out sheet if they don’t bring it back they will lose points off for participation. If they need to borrow a pen or pencil for the day I’m going to get collateral (I teach H.S.)


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