Bottled Phone

Bottled Phone

Recycling plastic water bottles is better for the planet, so why not add one extra function before disposing… by creating some fun and intrigue? So, finish the water in the bottle and grab a knife.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Prepare the empty water bottle: Add a slit down the side with the knife. A retractable blade utility knife works best because it gives you a clean, less noticeable cut down the side.

Lend me your ears

Call someone over and ask if you can use their phone. Or even just use your own phone to simplify.


We spend too much time on our cellphones, don’t you think? How about taking a break from it for a bit?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Hold up the water bottle and place the phone alongside it, on the side of the slit. Make sure that you don’t reveal the slit.


I’m about to transport your phone into this closed bottle… you ready?

Add a count of three while gently tapping the phone against the bottle to hype up the reveal. On ‘three’ slam the phone into the slit, leaving the phone inside the plastic bottle. Show them that it can’t come out the top.

Before they can explore the bottle and phone, take out your knife and pretend to cut the slit with it, covering evidence of the earlier cut.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Remember to recycle, just take the phone out first.
  • Your phone looked a little thirsty, all better now.
  • Next we try it with a full bottle, is your phone waterproof?
Alternative ending

You can change the objects used to be transported into the bottle. Example, it also works with a coin.

Anticipated responses and retorts

How did you do that?

Mobile phones are magical machines.

Wouldn’t it just be easier to put your phone on silent?

I am now at a loss for words.

What would Evian say about this?

Play it again, Sam.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to make people’s eyes open wide.
  • When you want to get people excited.
  • When you want to have some crazy fun with your mobile phone.
Where to use it
  • the office canteen
  • team building events
  • the breakfast table
  • socializing at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • A mobile phone and a plastic water bottle
  • Cut a slit in an empty plastic water bottle that is big enough for a mobile phone to fit through.
Training required
  • You will need to try this a few times in front of a mirror to get this down pat.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Be careful when using a knife.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

your mobile phone and an empty plastic mineral water bottle

size size

a 500 ml water bottle won’t fit in your pocket

durability durability

you may cut up a few water bottles doing this

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

be careful when using a knife

reusable how many times you can use it

once or twice

training needed training needed

practice this a few times on your own

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