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Why do people want to perform vape tricks? It’s simple: people have played with stuff that came out of their body since the paleolithic era. Smoking gave us something more to play with, smoke (duh!), with the most avid smokers doing the most basic of tricks: “blowing O’s”. The “O’s” are, of course, smoke rings, blown out of the smoker’s mouth. Vaping upped the ante, by providing us with richer, thicker, fuller vapor as fuel for such tricks thanks to the powerful box mods that most vapers use. Another bonus of switching to vaping, apart from all the health advantages of quitting the “hobby” of inhaling burning paper and tobacco: you can play around with the fluffy clouds you blow. After lots of practice, trial and error, you might even be able to mold them into specific shapes – a whirlwind, a jellyfish, or anything you can dream up. Keep in mind that when first trying those vape tricks, you’ll probably fail. And it doesn’t matter: as we said, those tricks are a nice bonus to have. “An extra”. The most important thing is to stay off cigarettes, so even if your first attempts at a whirlwind look more like inconsistent waves of vapor, don’t give up. Practice more, retry the same tricks whenever you feel like it and soon you’ll find yourself explaining to others how to do them. Treat them like a fun way to waste some time, not like something you must master.
All of what follows depends on you inhaling and blowing large amounts of vapor. More, way more than what you’d inhale when vaping to stop nicotine cravings. When vaping to quit smoking, you want some “throat hit” – a feeling similar to the one produced when inhaling cigarette smoke. And that means some Propylene Glycol (PG for short) in your juice. The more PG, the harsher the throat hit. Those are the reasons why it would probably be better using a “special mix” of juice when trying out those vape tricks (a lot of people prefer to make their own). Juice with more Vegetable Glycerin (VG for short) instead of PG, to minimize throat hit and maximize clouds. Juice with zero Nicotine, to avoid practically overdosing on it. It’s not dangerous, but it can lead to some dizziness if you overdo it. You can even use plain VG, with no nicotine, no flavor. Before trying some tricks out, also remember to close any doors and windows, to turn your AC unit off and no loud bass. Traveling air can wreak havoc on your vapor, making it move randomly, stripping you from any hope of somehow controlling it.
The most popular trick, “blowing O’s” is just… well… Blowing “O”- shaped vapor “rings”. Within minutes of trying, without much practice, you’ll probably manage to blow your first “O”. Rejoice! You did it! Right? Well, blowing one O-ring isn’t really that impressive. Some people did it when smoking analog cigarettes. And they produce wisps of smoke compared to the large volume of vapor produced with vaping gear. To really reach impressive levels, and after lots of practice, you’ll find yourself blowing streams of O’s, one right after the other. O’s flying all around you. By tweaking your approach you’ll also be able to change their size, creating larger or smaller ones. That’s when the trick really becomes impressive. To pull it off, inhale as much vapor as you feel comfortable with – don’t overdo it, or the next step might fail: while keeping the vapor in your lungs, start pushing it out in your mouth, “collecting it” there. Make an O-like shape with your lips and then either try lightly coughing (not too much, like if you’re trying to gently get the attention of the person sitting next to you) repeatedly. While keeping your tongue inside your mouth but placed right in the middle of your, now O-shaped, lips. The logic behind this is that your lips will form the roundish shape of the O-rings, your tongue will be the reason “they have a hole in the middle”. The micro-burst of air, coming from your lung, while coughing, will push the vapor out of your mouth. The first two or three bursts won’t look like O-rings but the more you try, the better they’ll get. There are alternative techniques (like “flicking” the O-rings out of your mouth by using your tongue like a “slingshot”, moving it back and forth in your mouth “to push the vapor out”) but the “cough” method seems to be generally considered the easiest one. If you are reading this, comment below any tricks you can do with some added hints and tips. Also list the best build and juice for “Vape Tricks.” I hope this Article was helpful towards anyone interested in learning a new trick or two. Just be yourself & have fun with it. As always, take care, & Vape on!
Eric Michael Bowersox