Bands Split Up

We don’t only need the Internet to keep us amused, there’s still an analogue world out there. Make use of two rubber bands for a simple but effective mind bender.

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Find two rubber bands that look exactly the same. You might need to try a few sizes to ensure the correct band movements.

Before you call someone over to show it to, place one rubber band in your palm, out of site. Keep both hands looking the same, so it doesn’t look like you’re holding something in one of your palms.

Lend me your ears


Hey, do you think it’s possible for me to split this rubber band into two pieces without breaking it? Before you answer, the answer is yes.

Show them the rubber band splitting technique by positioning your fingers as per the video. You should get a small smile, as they’ll think that’s the whole story.

Seal the Deal and Reveal


But with a bit of effort, I can split it even more by doing this…

With a bit of flourish, drop the rubber band you’re working with together with the unseen band in your palm – both at the same time.

It’ll look like you’ve split the one rubber band into two rubber bands.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I’ve got two favourite bands, and there they are.
  • Splitting bands is so much better than splitting hairs with people.
  • I’m no musician, but I play with a rubber band.
Alternative ending

Teach them to try it for themselves, it takes a little bit of practice. They can now impress their colleagues, friends and family.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Do you need to prepare much for this?

Well, I had to stretch a bit to warm up.

Can that work with hair ties?

Probably. It does demonstrate the principles of elasticity.

Can you do this with 3 rubber bands?

That would be a stretch goal.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to bond with someone – show them how it’s done.
  • When you need to get people involved.
Where to use it
  • the canteen
  • informal gatherings
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • socializing at the bar
Getting ready
Items required
  • Two rubber bands – you can try different sizes to see what works best for you
  • Keep the two rubber bands in your pocket and you will always be ready.
Training required
  • This will take a bit of practice. Hiding one of the rubber bands in the palm of your hand is not difficult, but you should try this a few times on your own.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may stretch a few imaginations.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

two rubber bands – try different sizes

size size

the rubber bands can fit in your pants or jacket pocket

durability durability

if you stretch them too far they might snap and break

source source

the ether

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

we’re talking rubber bands

reusable how many times you can use it

probably just once or twice

training needed training needed

you may need to practice this a few times to get a feel for this – it is really easy to master

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