A Sweet Prediction

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.

Guide lines

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.


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.

Some extra lines you can try throughout:

  • 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.
Anticipated responses and retorts

No ways!

I got lucky. I am a lucky guy.

How did you know?

I know things. That is why we are talking.

Can you show me again?

Maybe another time. This is not easy on my mental powers. I need to bend a spoon next to unwind.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • 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.
Where to use it
  • office
  • board room
  • pub
  • restaurant
  • breakfast table
  • airplane flight
  • friend’s house
  • table top
  • counter
  • desk
Getting ready
Items required
  • 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.
Training required
  • 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
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • 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.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

Skittles, or any candy packet with different colours, and a permanent marker

size size

small (a bag of Skittles can fit into your jacket pocket)

durability durability

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

source source

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

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I used this yesterday in the office and the ice was broken big time !

I love this one. It blows peoples minds! They cannot understand how it's possible. Only do it once! :)