Flying Spoon

With a long enough lever, you can move the world… it’s all about leverage. For this you don’t need a massive lever or the planet Earth, just a spoon, a fork, a coffee cup and a flat surface.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Get someone’s attention, the more the merrier.

You:

I’ve got a question for you… do you think it’s possible to get this teaspoon into the mug without touching it?

You should have them stumped.

Lend me your ears

Place the spoon and the fork back to back right up to the coffee cup. Make sure the handle of the spoon is against the cup. Place the handle of the fork under the working end of the first spoon. Now you’re ready.

You:

Are you ready to find out how it’s done?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Firmly bang the working end of the fork.

It should flick the spoon upwards following an arc trajectory, and into the coffee cup.

You:

Practice makes perfect.

Some extra lines you can try

  • You’ve heard of flying saucers, I prefer flying spoons.
  • I should’ve bet you a cup of coffee if I got it right.
  • Nothing brings people close together like spooning.
Alternative ending

Add an element of risk by betting a cup of coffee on your next series of flicks, best of three, or take it out of the office to a pub to win a drink or impress friends.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

Is it easy to master this?

You will be a spoon ninja in no time.

How did you feel the first time you nailed it?

I felt like I deserved a good cup of coffee.

Can you bend a spoon with your mind?

I knew you were going to ask me that.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people gathered around the coffee table.
  • When you want to get people involved.
  • When you want to get people smiling.
Where to use it
  • the canteen
  • team building events
  • at a coffee shop
  • socializing at the bar
Getting ready
Items required
  • A coffee mug, a teaspoon and a fork
Preparation
  • Line up the coffee cup, the teaspoon and the fork.
Training required
  • You will need to practice this a few times.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may cause a few flying spoons.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

cutlery

size size

it all fits in a coffee mug

durability durability

depends on your cutlery

source source

a bar

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one or in a group

possible health risk possible health risk

don’t poke out anyone’s eye with the fork

reusable how many times you can use it

you can try this a few times – it is fun

training needed training needed

practice this until you get the knack

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