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Weekend Project: Build a Fireball Launcher

What’s more fun than playing with fire? Shooting it from your hands. Put on your robe and wizard hat, make a stop at the hardware store, and spend the weekend trying to convince your friends you’ve acquired supernatural powers.

Over at MAKE Magazine, Joel Johnson explains the impetus for his project:

A stalwart of close-quarter magicians for years, the electronic flash gun is a simple device: a battery-powered, hand-held ignitor that uses a “glo-plug” to light a bit of flash paper and cotton, shooting a fireball a few feet into the air.

You can buy one from most magic shops for around $50, but if you build one on your own, you’ll not only save a few bucks, you’ll also learn how easy it is to add fire effects to almost any electronics project. (And what gadget couldn’t stand a little more spurting flame?)

The parts list is minimal but the end effect is pretty fantastic. Hit up the link below for the full build guide, plenty of warnings, and a weekend project that’s sure to impress.

Fireball Shooter [MAKE]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/6/12

Comments (4)

  1. Jeremiah

    Firebending style! yip yip!

  2. r

    ..perfect to use on employees who keep complaining that they’ve lost printer or plotter connections over the network.

  3. thegeekkid

    @ r… I like your idea…. might have to see if my boss will let me implement it… ;)

  4. jamesjoseph

    Good to know about the Weekend Project: Build a Fireball Launcher

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