Get That Cash

Get That Cash

It only takes a small number of elements to create a puzzle that engages minds for a solution. Elements that can be found anywhere, such as two glasses, a coin and a match. Try it out for yourself.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Place the coin under one of the glasses, place the other glass alongside it and balance a match between the base of the two glasses. Place the match tip against the glass without the money.

Call someone over to try and solve this.

Lend me your ears


You keen to earn some easy money? All you need to do is grab the coin inside that glass without dropping the match. You game?

Give them time to try and figure it out.


The money’s there for the taking… give up?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

With another match or a lighter, set fire to the tip of the match touching the glass.

It will fuse to the glass and stay stuck as you lift the money glass and take the coin.

The match will still not have dropped.

Some extra lines you can try

  • This trick often lights up a room.
  • I protect my money with fire.
  • Always look on the light side of life.
Alternative ending

Up the stakes by adding something really valuable, like some jewelry or cash notes under the glass to really get the other person’s creative juices flowing. Just hope they don’t figure out how it works.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Does that also work with paper cups?

Only if you use paper money instead of a coin.

What other things can you show us with matches?

Check out the Coolfidence web site – there are lots of goodies.

How about a drink now?

I thought you would never ask.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people involved.
  • When you want to create some curiosity.
  • When you want to play with fire.
Where to use it
  • team building events
  • informal gatherings
  • socializing
  • at the pub
  • cocktail parties
Getting ready
Items required
  • Some drinking glasses, a coin and some matches
  • Find a flat surface, lay down the glasses and slap a coin on the table and you are all set.
Training required
  • Balancing the match between the glasses may take a wee bit of practice.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t burn your fingers.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

some drinking glasses, a coin and some matches

size size

every house and office should have drinking glasses, and matches you can keep in your pocket

durability durability

you may go through all your matches

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 when playing with fire

reusable how many times you can use it

just once

training needed training needed

get the balance right

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