Hole in Hand

Being able to see a hole in an argument or a hole in a plan is a skill. Being able to see a hole in your hand without hurting yourself is trippy. Get yourself a piece of paper or a magazine and see how it works.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Try it out for yourself, it might take a few moments to come into focus, then share the light with others.


Do you know if we’ve got an X-ray machine in the office?

Unless you work in a hospital, there obviously won’t be one.

Lend me your ears


Fortunately I’ve got something that can see right through your hand, have a look…

Roll up the paper or magazine into a tube.


We start by making a paper telescope…

Seal the Deal and Reveal


Now hold it up to your right eye and cover your other eye with your left hand, next to the paper, both eyes open.

It’ll look like there’s a hole through the middle of their hand.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Sometimes we just need a little change in perspective.
  • You’ve got the whole world in, uh, through your hands.
  • I can see your desk from here.
Alternative ending

Try it out on your kids or nephews and turn it into a new version of eye spy.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Can you see the hole of the moon?

Is that a whole question?

Can you see a hole in your head?

Believe me, you need this today.

Is that how America was discovered?

Good question… perhaps the hole tell California. Ok ok, please just smile.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to poke holes in a discussion.
  • When you want people to lend you a hand, literally.
  • When you need to get people curious.
Where to use it
  • informal gatherings
  • brainstorming sessions
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • socializing
Getting ready
Items required
  • A piece of paper or a magazine
  • Roll up the paper like a tube and you are ready to go.
Training required
  • Try this once by yourself to get the feel of it.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Paper cuts.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a piece of paper or a magazine (preferably a thin one)

size size

A4 paper

durability durability

you may have to roll one each time

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience


possible health risk possible health risk

careful not to poke an eye out

reusable how many times you can use it

probably just once or twice

training needed training needed

try this by yourself first

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