The Bamboo Soccer Ball

The Bamboo Soccer Ball

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Hi, and welcome to another episode of Mr. Puzzle. Today, we will have a look at the Bamboo Soccer Ball puzzle. This one here you see here I purchased from I will put you the link in the description, where you can buy it. But you can find these kind of puzzles all around the world, since it is a real classical take apart and assembly puzzle. In Germany, for example, you find these kind of puzzles on Christmas markets, and so on. But also in some stores. And I just want to show you how to disassemble it, and how to re-assemble it because it’s pretty interesting. When you have it in this stage, there are no moving objects at all. So when I had this first time in my hands, I was really wondering how to take the parts apart, because there nothing is moving here. How it’s done I gonna show you after the spoiler break. To disassemble the Bamboo Soccer Ball, we need to understand that these parts are actually free to move, but they are kept in position due to friction. And to loose, loosen these, or to lower these friction, I will now start to pull every time two parts facing each other, in the opposite direction. And you can hear this noise. It does this clack sound. [faint snap] Because there’s a small movement between those two parts. So I do this several times with different parts, and then you will already notice that the puzzle will come apart. So now it’s getting loose. You can see the parts are already moving. And when I pull them now apart, the puzzle will fall in its single parts. And it will reveal that we have six similar parts here. All the same shape. And from these parts we will now re-assemble the Bamboo Soccer Ball. Easiest way, or, when I tried it the first time, I tried to do it, say, in the same condition as it is when it’s assembled. Means like this. And it’s easy to do it until here, but then you need to fit in the last piece to the top. And this makes you crazy. Because you need to pull all parts outside in the same way. And every time, one part will fall apart, and will not work. What’s the easier, what’s an easier way to do it is to position the parts like this. This kind of shape. And the reason for that is pretty easy. You will see it in a minute when I put the parts together. Just need to position them properly. Which is not too easy, as you see, with only two hands. Okay. Now I got it. And what’s important now is these tips here showing in this direction while these tips here showing in the opposite direction. Only in this condition you can assemble it again. I’ll re-assemble it. And then I take these two halves, and stick them together like this, and then I will be able to push them together. I didn’t push them all the way together, because I just want to show you that it helds by, that it’s held by friction together. In this condition, for example, since it’s not completely together, I can grab these three parts again, and pull it apart with some force. But when I push it completely together, like this, like it is a spherical ball, it’s just too much force needed to take the parts apart. It’s just not possible any more by hand. And therefore you have to go solving it by pulling these single parts, step by step, apart, until everything falls down. Okay, this is how you disassemble and re-assemble the Bamboo Soccer Ball. And, my personal rating is, regarding the difficulty, maybe, two out of five. So it’s not too difficult to do. Anyway, it’s a very classic puzzle. I’m sure most of you have already seen it somewhere. And I just want to show you how to solve it, and how to re-assemble it. If you like this episode, I appreciate if you give me thumbs up, and subscribe to my channel. And if you have any questions, complaints, wishes, ideas, let me know in the comments. I will read all the comments. And until next time, keep on puzzling!

100 thoughts on “The Bamboo Soccer Ball”

  1. My father made one of these for me in about 1955. I loved it. I still have it somewhere. It has been around for a long time. However, if you soak the assembled puzzle in water a little while it is impossible to take it apart until it dries out. I was given the puzzle while the wood was still green, and it took a couple of weeks for it to dry enough to be disassembled. Whoever taught dad to make it had also told him it was traditionally given while the pieces were green or after the puzzle had been soaked in water to make the pieces swell.

  2. I was given this one as a child over 20 years ago, I took it with me everywhere! I had a completely different solution+assembly though.

  3. My brother bought this and thought it was a normal soccer ball.. and thought it wasnt EVEN A FRIKIN PUZZLE……….. ehh i will just like my own comment, Admit you did too! Hahahaha!

  4. I had a ball like that but it was plastic and different colors. But it was super easy to solve it might be a challenge for the first time.

  5. just wanna see one episode where he says here is the puzzle now let's solve it and just smashes the hell out of it with a hammer

  6. The way that you approach these puzzles, to me are awesome. I especially enjoy the reasoning you explain how you figure it out. In my mind it's an example of how to figure out most difficult situations. Use a combination of trial and error with deductive reasoning. Witch I find really useful in everyday life. Thank you for all of your time and effort to make these videos. Honestly I really like/appreciate your work.

  7. Lol. They make little plastic versions of this only it's hollow. I use to have them when I was a kid. It's cool to see the adult version of this puzzle.

  8. Wait… I did this in Year 6
    except for the rubix cube, I only got the first 2 lines

  9. Beautiful puzzle, i really want one.

    But this video made me hungry… it looks like some kind of snack… i know it's wood, but i still want to eat the thing.

  10. this is different from what i've ever done, there is a part that becomes the key to lock other parts and it has a different shape

  11. Interesting that they call it a football/soccer ball, since it isn’t in the shape people typically associate with a football, which is a truncated icosahedron. Of course, the name isn’t actually wrong, because there are footballs, both old and new, that are in this family of shapes. Matt Parker (standupmaths) has a video about football shapes on his channel.

  12. I use to play with it in my childhood. Honestly that's the only 1 puzzle i am aware of among all your puzzles. Hats off to u. Great fan.. Keep posting.

  13. You should probably try to let the viewers see the puzzle better when you assemble it, and explain the process better too. I had this problem when watching the video.

  14. Hello , i think it is the same ball like this one ..
    but with no corners …
    Anywayit is verry intresting , i worked 2 hours to solve it 🙂

  15. It's funny to see how I got as frustrated as you when reassembling the puzzle. But instead of doing mirror morphs, I added them one by one, and eventually, got stuck again by the missing piece.

    I forced and it stuck in.

    Reassembled it anyway ?‍♀️

  16. The 3 part solution is really nice and all and I also use that but you can also put in one piece last. Instead of holding it in your hands you just have to put the puzzle down.

  17. I invite you to see in this Playlist: (with subtitles)
    Other solutions of the video you are looking at, including this one.
    Puzzle. Blocking method Puzzle.

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