Get a bag of raisins (even just two if you're on a tight budget.) Have a magazine or a wad of paper within reaching distance. It’s best to try this around a fixed surface like a desk or kitchen counter. Look round like you’re being bothered by a fly. Start to incorporate the person you’re connecting with.
We all know that classic movie The Fly. Well, this is not it. This is the fly that wasn't. Ever had an annoying fly buzzing around, disturbing the peace? We all have. Here you get to zap the fly and then, eat it. Yes, that always breaks the ice. A fly in the ointment with a twist and a turn, and no ointment.
Flies are irritating, aren’t they?
Make gestures like the fly is buzzing around your ear. Swat your hand and try to shoo the fly.
Pretend that you're going to catch the intruder.
Where did this fly come from, friend of yours?
You roll up the magazine or paper - getting ready to strike.
You know there’s no escape.
You slam down the magazine or paper on the desk.
When you pull back the magazine you drop a raisin on the desk.
Got it, that fly won’t be bothering us anymore.
Pick up the raisin. Hold it in your finger tips to show the other person and quickly put it in your mouth.
A bit salty.
Pull out your bag of raisins and offer them a fake fly.
Want a raisin? They’re very good.
- Man I get a real buzz out of doing that.
- Did you see the size of it, it looks like a small bat?
- Are we in Australia? I hear you don’t need friends there because you always have flies to keep you company. (Or replace Australia with your favourite rival country.)
- You didn’t think I’d eat a fly did you? I’m a vegetarian.
- Raisins, they make great stunt doubles for flies.
- Next time, let’s catch lunch on the fly?
Did you just eat a fly … argggh.
What did you just do?
That didn’t look like a fly.
There are lots of puzzles and stories that need coins or marbles as props – the raisins are ideal as new objects in a story
- When you want to get someone to smile and relax – this is a great tension breaker.
- This is a good one-on-one engagement tool.
- This is great for parents at the breakfast table – it will certainly get everyone to stop looking at their mobile phones.
- Can be used in a restaurant to josh around with a waiter.
- board room
- breakfast table
- table top
- any place with a flat surface
- a bag of raisins
- a magazine or a wod of papers
- Get a bag of raisins (even just two if you're on a tight budget).
- Have a magazine or a wad of paper within reaching distance.
- It’s best to try this around a fixed surface like a desk or kitchen counter.
- Practice dropping a raisin on a flat surface (table, for example) that you are about to strike to swat the fly.
- Try to drop the raisin naturally and don’t throw it across the table.
- Always keep a few raisins spare in the bag for the follow-up.
- Don’t swat a real fly by mistake and then eat it.
Do It Yourself (DIY)
small (a small bag of raisins can fit into your pants or jacket pocket)
they are raisins … they can be squished if you sit on them
an English professor
time to impact time to impact
pretty much on the fly, er, instant
size of audience size of audience
personal or two or more people
possible health risk possible health risk
don’t zap a real fly and eat it
reusable how many times you can use it
training needed training needed
minimal – practice dropping a raisin on a table as discretely as you can