Heads or Tails?

Heads or Tails?

The power of prediction is a great leveler, but it’s sometimes less about intuition and more about a practical solution. Demonstrate this by using a coin, a piece of paper and your sixth sense.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

You:

I’m pretty good at guessing heads or tails, in fact I guarantee that I can get it right… keen to put me to the test?

Lend me your ears

Close your eyes and ask someone to choose any side of the coin by placing it on a table surface, without telling or showing you.

You:

Have you chosen heads or tails? Don’t tell me… now cover it with a piece of paper.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

The coin is covered and you can’t see which side is facing up under the paper. Add some hand gestures to make it seem like you’re trying to read the answer through the paper.

Then pull out a pencil and lightly sketch on top of the coin under the paper. The impression of head or tail of the coin will reveal itself. Confidently give your answer.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Now that’s what I call making an impression… on paper.
  • It’s like a fifth sense for me, the sense of touch.
  • You don’t need a lot of money to have fun, just a coin.
Alternative ending

Tell the participant to try it out for themselves, with you placing the coin under the paper and them not looking. Rig the coin to have a hard flat piece of plastic or metal over the face, so that no impression can be seen when they sketch over it with the pencil.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

Are you coining it?

The funny money is rolling in.

Can you tell me what I am going to say next?

Perhaps, to coin a phrase.

What if I simply flipped the coin?

Then we play best of 3.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people to unwind.
  • When you want to create some intrigue.
  • When you need to get people loosened up.
Where to use it
  • informal gatherings
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • socializing
  • cocktail functions
  • dinner parties
Getting ready
Items required
  • A coin, a piece of paper and a pencil
Preparation
  • Make sure the pencil writes good and you are all set.
Training required
  • Piece of coin, er, cake.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Coins get lost – this may cost you a few pennies.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a coin, a piece of paper and a pencil

size size

these are everyday objects – you should be good at home or in the office

durability durability

don’t spend all your coins before you pull this off

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one works best

possible health risk possible health risk

just make people smile and have fun with your sixth cents

reusable how many times you can use it

probably just once

training needed training needed

try this once and you will be a wizard

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