This hand-held wand consists of a 10.5cm diameter stainless steel sphere mounted on a 40 cm insulated plastic rod. With banana plug and alligator clip to ground most Van de Graaffs. The discharge wand proves a convenient way to discharge the collectors of Van de Graaff generators. This is particularly useful when demonstrating hair-raising. By discharging the collector, the student does not feel a shock when touching the generator. The wand can also be used to draw arcs from the Van de Graaff which can be seen from a distance for an effective demonstration in front of large groups.