How to Rip a Phone Book in Half

Dennis Rogers tells us how to carry out this feat!

How to Rip a Phone Book in Half

I can bend wrenches, hold powerful vehicles in place as they try to pull away, and can hammer nails with my bare hands. But no matter how many feats of strength I’ve publicly displayed over the years, the one I get asked to do the most is rip a phone book in half.

There are a lot of gimmicks and tricks out there that can help you do it easily and impress your friends. Tearing slightly fanned pages is one method. Lightly baking the phone book in an oven to make it dry and brittle is another. But there are no shortcuts to building up the kind of brute strength you need to rip the book in half straight up. Getting there just takes simple progression, same as getting stronger on any lift.

Start with a book that is about half an inch thick. Once you can tear that, try another that’s three-quarters of an inch thick and so on.

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