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Magic is mostly just how good you are with your hands. Here are three really easy magic tricks that you can pull with just a pen: making it disappear, making it appear out of nowhere, and making it look super small. Oscar Owen breaks down the techniques for each and they only involve super quick finger movements. The alternate angle reveals how easy it is.

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At the very tip of a ballpoint pen is, you guessed it, a ball that rolls around and basically stains the paper with ink. Imagine if you dipped your body in paint and then rolled around white carpet, that's basically how writing instruments works. Here's an incredibly up close angle of a ballpoint pen writing from NRK showing you just how it works. It looks pretty damn awesome.

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It's not like I totally judge people's handwriting (ok, I judge them a little) but it's just refreshing to see good penmanship in 2015 because it's so rare. We all just type on computers or phones and the most we write is two or three looping scribbles on a receipt. Here's a look at someone who doesn't just type and scribble though, in fact, he's a Master Penman.

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This whole short, Ink by Ryan Couldrey, focuses on Tanja Tiziana and the journey of rediscovering the long lost (ok, not quite long lost but soon/almost/eventually) art of calligraphy and just handwriting in general. Though dripping in a little too much ink at times, it's always so nice to see someone write. The effect — hearing the scraping, seeing the ink flow — can almost be therapeutic.

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The secret to a really effective desk toy is that it has to blend into your office. A pinball machine in the corner is just going to tell your manager you're probably not getting a lot of work done. But a pen/tablet stylus made of magnets opens up a whole new world of slacking off, with your boss being none-the-wiser.