Cash in Hand

Cash in Hand

It’s easy to cash in on a situation when you can master the unexpected. Demonstrate your incredible number skills with a handful of coins.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Use any small, thin coins to show your prediction power. Prepare one of the coins by cutting it in half with some garden shears or strong scissors.

Don’t reveal the two half coins. Instead, jangle some coins together (4.5 in total) to demonstrate that you have them in hand.

You:

Let me show you the power of prediction … I want you to think of a two-digit number between one and a hundred.

Get them to write the number down without showing you.

Lend me your ears

You:

Now take those two digits and add them together.

For example, if they choose the number 63 it would be 6 + 3 = 9.

You:

Then subtract that amount from the number.

For example, 63 - 9 = 54.

You:

Take the two digits of that number and add them together.

For example, 5 + 4 = 9.

You:

Whatever that number is, divide it in half …

(The answer is always 4.5)

You:

What are the odds of me having the exact number of coins in my hand as that? Is that possible?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

You:

How much was it?

They’ll reveal the number 4.5 (no matter what number they initially choose).

Reveal that you have exactly 4.5 coins in your hand.

Some extra lines you can try

  • It’s all fine when you’ve got multiples of nine.
  • It always works when you’ve got a lucky half penny.
  • A fistful of dollars is now a fistful of coins … inflation.
Alternative ending

It works even if you don’t have a half coin. Reveal the answer of 4.5 from your head or write it down beforehand for the surprise kicker.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

Where do you find these things?

Coolfidence has you covered. The coin icebreakers are tops.

Does it work on any two digit number?

You better believe it. Just give it a try – you will be coining it too.

I am a lot a loss for words … ?

This one is a keeper – we give it four and a half out of five.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people loosened up.
  • When you need to have some wee fun.
  • When you want to give people something to remember.
Where to use it
  • office canteen
  • informal meetings
  • mentoring
  • team building events
  • cocktail functions
  • socializing at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • Four and a half coins
Preparation
  • Gather five coins and cut one in half.
Training required
  • Do this once and you will coin it.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Just have fun and don't cut yourself with half of the coin.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

5 coins

size size

should fit in your pocket

durability durability

don’t spend your change and you will always be ready

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

contact a certified specialist in coin cutting… or just be careful

reusable how many times you can use it

probably just once

training needed training needed

cut one of the coins in half and you are good to go

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