If you have ever sat in a class or been bored at work and started turning a pen or pencil between your fingers, then you have been pen spinning! There are many tricks that can be learned. This is a form of contact juggling, as the object stays in contact with your body at all times. Props — I recommend a long unsharpened pencil rather than a pen!
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You probably have seen someone do this. It might have been that kid who sits next to you in math, or your co-worker, or maybe your best friend. They effortlessly spin a pencil around their finger without a second thought. You might have tried to copy them and failed or you might have dismissed it as something you can't do. Well, you were wrong. You can learn how to spin a pencil or pen, or marker, or paintbrush, or screwdriver, or banana, or just about anything around your finger with a little practice.
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Pen spinning is a form of object manipulation that involves the deft manipulation of a writing instrument with hands. Although it is often considered a form of self-entertainment usually in a school or office setting , multinational competitions and meetings are sometimes held. In addition to writing instruments, it is often also seen performed by drummers with their drumsticks. In fact, drumsticks are substantially easier to manipulate than pens, because of their extra mass and length.
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