1000 in One Go

1000 in One Go

Numbers are all around us, sometimes we take them for granted. But giving these numbers a different context can be fun and refreshing. All you’ll need is a piece of paper and pen to make this work.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Write the number 1000 on the paper with a pen and put it down on the table.


That’s how much I’ve got in my wallet right now… just kidding, but I’ll give you what I have in my wallet if you can figure something out, keen?

Lend me your ears


All you have to do to win the contents of my wallet is write the number 1000, as you see it there, but without lifting your pen from the paper.

They should be game.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Once they’ve tried a few times, reveal the solution by folding the paper.


You’ve got to look at it from another angle…

Write the number 1000 using both sides of the paper. Unfold the paper back to normal and the number will reveal itself.

Tip: In case you meet someone who knows the answer, empty your wallet except for a few coins before showing them.

Some extra lines you can try

  • You just saved me a lot of money.
  • When I said everything in my wallet, I meant my credit cards too.
  • There are always a thousand ways to solve a problem.
Alternative ending

Another solution is to write the number ‘1’, then carefully lay the pen flat, maintaining contact with the paper, sliding it across a bit and tilt the pen up to write the next ‘0’ … continue until you have the full number.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Does this show the power of the printed number?

The pen is mightier.

How many people have figured this out?

One in a thousand. Just kidding. A few.

Could this help me cheat on my taxes?

Er, um, you are on your own their pal.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get someone thinking outside of the box.
  • When you want to show creativity at play.
  • When you want to talk about the numbers.
Where to use it
  • informal gatherings
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • customer visits
  • the canteen
  • at a coffee shop
  • socializing at the bar
Getting ready
Items required
  • A pen or a nice thick permanent marker, and a piece of paper
  • Write down the number 1000 on a piece of paper nice and clearly, and you are good to go.
Training required
  • Piece of cake this one.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may get a few eyebrows raised, but should see mostly smiles.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a pen and paper

size size

we are talking about a pen or a permanent marker

durability durability

as long as your pen has ink you are all good

source source

a friend of a friend

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

best as a one-on-one

possible health risk possible health risk

safe as houses

reusable how many times you can use it

just once

training needed training needed

try it once yourself and you will be a wizard

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