Use a packet of any of your favourite multi-coloured candy sweets: Skittles, Smarties, Mentos, M&M’s, etc. Prepare your 'mind-reading' skills by writing on the back of the money note, e.g. 'You will choose green', the back of the candy bag, e.g. 'You will choose blue’, and an X on the bottom of an unused colour, e.g. yellow. Then take two of the same colour sweets, e.g. brown, placing one inside the packet and another with the four other colours outside the bag. Practice a few times to get your story and timing perfect.
A Sweet Prediction
This is one sweet story, excuse the pun. We all love a good story, and this one is fun to tell, and easy to master. In under a minute you will learn how to capture someone’s imagination. All good stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. Well, this one has a few endings, and that is what hits the sweet spot. This is a fantastic icebreaker, and it is organic and fun.
Do you mind if I quickly read your mind? It won’t hurt.
Put down the four different colour Skittles, the packet and the money on a table as per the video.
Be careful not to reveal any of the clues: the X, the hidden sweet, the writing on the back of the money or the packet.
But let’s up the stakes … let’s do it for money … my money.
If I can predict the colour you choose, I keep the money - if I don’t, the loot is all yours. Deal?
Pick a colour, any of those.
The person chooses. e.g. blue.
You can change your mind if you want to. There’s money at stake - you sure that blue is your choice?
The person stays with their original colour or changes and you reveal that you knew their answer all along.
Unbelievable, I knew you were going to choose blue ...
Turn over the Skittles packet to reveal the written words, ‘You will choose blue'
Put the props away as the person wonders how it is done, so they don’t explore the secret of your props.
If you’re the sharing type, reveal the story behind the trick. Or keep it to yourself and retain a sense of mystery.
- X marks the spot for the treasure, and the treasure is all mine (take the money.)
- How sweet is that?
- I wish I knew how I always guess right, but I just do. It’s a gift.
- I didn’t do anything, you told me with your mind.
How did you know?
Can you show me again?
There are lots of variations on this – stories with multiple endings can really capture imaginations and get people thinking and talking
- When you really want to make an impression. This gets people curious and engaged.
- This is a good one-on-one tool to get people talking.
- This is great to capture anyone’s imagination, young or old, in the office or at home.
- Anytime you have an intimate setting and conversation is essential.
- board room
- breakfast table
- airplane flight
- friend’s house
- table top
- a packet of Skittles, or any bag of candy that has different coloured sweets
- a permanent marker
- some money – the higher the stakes, the greater the tension in the story – a $100 bill works good
- say your 4 colours are yellow, brown, blue and green, then:
- mark the yellow sweet with an X;
- mark your money on one side (preferably the bottom side) with “I knew you would choose green”;
- mark the back of the Skittles bag with “I knew you would choose blue”;
- put one extra brown Skittle in the packet.
- practice laying it all out at the table without disclosing the secret markings and being calm so that people don't pay attention to the sweets and money.
- you need to remember the 4 different colours and how each one ends the story – yellow is for X marks the spot , blue is for the back of the sweets packet, green is for the greenback, and brown is inside the sweets packet
- You should have 5 Skittles sweets in the bag : a blue, a yellow, a green, and 2 brown.
- When you remove the sweets from the packet you need to keep 1 brown in the bag and the rest you lay down on the table alongside the bag and the money which you have also put on the table.
- You have to be careful when placing the 4 different coloured sweets on the table – don’t flash the one that has the “X” on it.
- Careful not to flash the back of the sweet packet or the back of the money.
- When the person you are showing this to picks a colour, put the eliminated colours away, so that there is no chance they will ever figure this out.
- Don’t let them eat the sweets. Well you can, but then your story has been devoured.
- Only show this to a person once. Otherwise they will understand how this story works.
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Skittles, or any candy packet with different colours, and a permanent marker
small (a bag of Skittles can fit into your jacket pocket)
sweets can melt in the hot sun, and they can be crushed if you lean on them or sit on them – you may need some refills
Harry Potter showed us
time to impact time to impact
pretty much as the story ends
size of audience size of audience
best in a one‐on‐one scenario
possible health risk possible health risk
don’t eat too many sweets doing this
reusable how many times you can use it
once, and then go onto something else
training needed training needed
you need to remember the 4 different colours and how each one ends the story – yellow is for X marks the spot , blue is for the back of the sweets packet, green is for the greenback, and brown is inside the sweets packet