How to Make a Super-Magnet Jack Ball
A “jackball” is a traditional hoodoo ritual tool consisting of various herbs and roots (most often, the “Three Johns”) mooshed together in a ball of wax and wrapped in red yarn so that it can be used as a pendulum. I was inspired to make this variation on that design after seeing “monkey’s fist” knots wrapped around steel balls being sold as “self-defense keychains” on ebay – why not make an industrial strength “jackball” out of the world’s most powerful magnet?
- Go on eBay and get a neodymium magnet in the shape of a sphere; about 1.25” should do the job. Don’t put it near computer equipment or any kind of magnetic drive, these things are strong enough wipe out your data before you even know what’s happening!
- If you’re comfortable with alcohol and fire, put the magnet in a bowl with some whiskey and light it up, praying for what you want to attract into your life as you gaze at the dancing flames.
- You can also pray the 23rd Psalm, adding at the end (as desired): “I shall not want for money… I shall not want for friends… I shall not want for health…” etc.
- When the flames go out, order a “Monkey’s Fist” jig on amazon or eBay. Make sure it’s a wooden one; the incredible strength of the neodymium magnet will make a standard metal jig impossible to work with (trust me).
- Also get 25 feet or so of 7-strand military grade red paracord, and an aluminum (non-magnetic) paracord needle.
- On YouTube, look up “Monkey’s fist knot jig tutorial” and follow the instructions to weave the magnetic sphere into the center of the knot. You really have to be patient to get this one right; it took me a couple of attempts. Wind the paracord in and out while absent-mindedly watching a rerun of the “Walking Dead” or something – this should take you about an hour to complete.
- Finish tightening the basket knot and pray the 23rd Alakazam! Now you have a super-powerful jackball you can spray with whiskey and spin over your head clockwise to attract good luck and counter-clockwise to break obstacles!
WARNING: Unfortunately, this incredibly useful tool is classified by authorities as a “slungshot” (an old-fashioned sailor’s tool which became popular with juvenile delinquents in the 1950s), making its possession an instant felony in all 50 states. Wielded as an weapon it is both easy concealed and capable of hitting the human skull with the impact of a hammer, so best to keep this one at home.