Finding Your Balance

Finding Your Balance

We all need balance, especially with gravity working on us all day. Find a bit of balance and possibly win a bet by grabbing three glasses and a willing participant.

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Ready, Steady, Go!

This is a challenge involving three glasses.


Can you balance each of these glasses on each other’s rims to form a tower of glass?

Obviously there’s no holding the glasses to keep them upright – it needs to be a hands-free tower.

They might think it’s easy until you throw in the real challenge.

Lend me your ears


No turning the glasses upside down, they have to be facing upright like they’re meant to stand.

Inform them that two glasses placed on top of the bottom glass is also not allowed.


It’s a tower… three glasses on top of each other to form a tower is the challenge. A free drink for anyone who can get it right, or I get the drink.

Use a safety towel if you’re worried about breaking glass, or a rubber pub counter mat.

Give them time to try to figure it out.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

When they’ve given up, reveal the simple, secret coordinates on the rim of the glasses, where the top glass gets placed.

Those coordinates are 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.

You may need a steady hand and some tweaking, say to 3 o’clock, but you’ll get it right (and win the bet).

Some extra lines you can try

  • Who knew stacking glasses could win you stacks of drinks.
  • Let’s not have these tumblers take a tumble.
  • It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or empty, as long as it wins me bets.
Alternative ending

Can you go higher or even add liquid to the glass before completing? Alternatively play with shapes of glasses - shorter, squarer glasses work best, but can you get it to work with other shaped glasses?

Anticipated responses and retorts

Do you have to be sober to do this?

It helps.

Is this all about balance?

Indeed. And so is life.

Can you balance the budget?

Now you are talking … but, sadly, no.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to stimulate some interaction.
  • When you want to get people involved.
Where to use it
  • The breakfast table
  • The office canteen
  • Cocktail parties
  • Socializing at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • Three drinking glasses
  • Find a flat surface, like a table, and place down your glasses and you are good to go.
Training required
  • This all about balance – try this out on your own first – you will get the knack pretty soon.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t go breaking your glasses.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

3 drinking glasses

size size

we are talking drinking glasses

durability durability

get the balance right and you should be good for a while

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

careful not to break the glasses

reusable how many times you can use it

once or twice

training needed training needed

practice this on your own for a bit and try different glasses to get the feel of things

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