Hot to Touch

Hot to Touch

Getting attention with a simple technique can be fun, especially when it results a smile. This can be done with nothing more than a simple key in your pocket and a warm drink.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Get things going in a setting where everyone’s enjoying a coffee or tea. Place your thumb on the hole of the key and press it firmly. It’ll form what looks like a blister – just don’t reveal it yet. Grab your cup of warm beverage and get the show on the road.

Lend me your ears


How’s your coffee?

Start to look a little flustered holding the cup with your fingers.


Man, mine is so hot, be careful with this stuff.

Pretend that you’ve just burned your fingers and place the cup down, shaking your hands from the fake pain.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Reveal the ‘blister’ the coffee gave you. When they show some concern, gently rub on the ‘blister’ and it’ll soon disappear.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I told you, this drink is blisteringly hot.
  • How does it look, do I need to call an ambulance?
  • I’ve got magic fingers, they can heal a blister in seconds.
Alternative ending

Prep more than only your thumb, including a fake blister on all your fingers to add to the effect. Take it to another level by showing the thumb on your other non-holding hand (pressed against the key in your pocket) has also somehow gotten a blister, without even touching the cup.


It’s so hot, even my other hand got a blister.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Do you need some ice for that?

I need ice only for my next icebreaker.

Can you pop one of those blisters?

Easy tiger. But let me show you my broken nose.

Does this one always get a thumbs up?

Funny! It sometimes gets a whole hand.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to warm up a situation.
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to get people smiling.
Where to use it
  • the office canteen
  • customer visits
  • informal gatherings
  • socializing at the pub
  • the breakfast table
Getting ready
Items required
  • A key – like your front door key
  • Squeeze your thumb on the hole at the top part of the key, for about 15 seconds, and make sure the “blister” is visible.
Training required
  • Try this on your own first and you will get the hang of it in no time.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t go getting any real blisters.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a key

size size

we all got keys in our pockets

durability durability

keys are always with us

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

don’t go popping any blisters

reusable how many times you can use it

many times

training needed training needed

try this on your own first to get the feel of it

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