Animal Country

Animal Country

Mind control is often just the power of persuasion and use of everyday patterns and cues. Here’s how you address the elephant in the room with a few easy questions.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Ask a person if they’re open to having their mind read. Once they’re ready, start the questions.


Pick a number between 1 and 10.
Now multiply it by 9. If it's a 2-digit number, add them together. Now subtract 5.

Give them a few seconds to make sure they’ve got their sums right.

Lend me your ears


Right, now assign a letter to your number.
A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, etc. Think of a country that begins with that letter. Got it? Now take the second letter of the country and think of an animal which begins with that letter. Think of the colour of that animal…

Seal the Deal and Reveal


You're thinking of a grey elephant from Denmark, right?

If they haven’t heard these questions before, they’re more than likely to have chosen this answer - due to top of mind thinking.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Hang on, I don’t think you get grey elephants in Denmark.
  • So not an ostrich from the Dominican Republic?
  • What about an eagle from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?
Alternative ending

Instead of just verbally saying the answer, have a printed drawing of a grey elephant and the Danish flag ready to pull from your pocket, for added effect.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Does everyone get a grey elephant from Denmark?

Just about.

What if I chose another country with the letter D?

Then the Dominican Republic it will be… I’ll bet.

Is it true elephants have good memories?

I will ask one soon.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people involved.
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to leave someone with an icebreaker that they will try on the next person right away.
Where to use it
  • informal meetings
  • mentoring
  • team building events
  • socializing at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • Just the imagination
  • Remember the questions and you are all set.
Training required
  • Try this on yourself first.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Just have fun.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material


size size

elephants are pretty big

durability durability

don’t swallow your words

source source

an old classic

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one or a small group

possible health risk possible health risk

just do it

reusable how many times you can use it

probably once

training needed training needed

try this on your own first, and you will be good to go

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