Invisible Ray-gun

Invisible Ray-gun

Sometimes the best weapon is an open hand, especially if you want some harmless fun. Try this out with a piece of paper, and show them the power you wield with your rays.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Use a light piece of paper such as a business card, Post-It note, or something thinner and lighter, such as an empty sugar packet.

Get the piece of paper balanced to stand up. The target is now set.

Lend me your ears

Use some theatrics to make it look like you’re charging your hand with static electricity by rubbing your face or hair, even slapping your face if you want to add to the effect.

You:

I’m about to zap that target… away.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Whip your hand into a shooting position and making a firing gesture. The paper should fall over.

As you swing your hand forward (usually leading with the back of your hand), a gust of air is generated. With a bit of timing, the gust and your shooting gesture will match and it’ll look like you knocked the piece of paper over with an invisible ray.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I don’t like to point fingers, but in this case I’ll make an exception.
  • Finding out how simple this is is like a slap in the face.
  • Looks like the finger is mightier than the sword.
Alternative ending

Onlookers may think you’ve blown the paper over. Try it again with a glass in front of the paper, or with your mouth covered by a scarf or hand, facing away from the target, to eliminate the blowing argument.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

What else can you blow our minds with?

The key word here is blow. Stay tuned.

Do the rays penetrate the glass?

My rays can bend and go around these obstacles.

What is the secret?

It is all in the wrist.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to blow people away (excuse the pun).
  • When you want to create some cheer.
  • When you want to get people smiling.
Where to use it
  • the office canteen
  • customer visits
  • socializing at the pub
  • the breakfast table
Getting ready
Items required
  • A light, small piece of paper, like a Post-It note
Preparation
  • Draw a target on the piece of paper and stand it upright on a table.
Training required
  • Practice this a couple of times and you will be a ray-gun wizard.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Careful, you may blow some minds.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a small piece of paper

size size

we are talking paper

durability durability

paper is everywhere

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 with those rays

reusable how many times you can use it

many times

training needed training needed

try this on your own first and you will get the hang of it quickly

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