Jumping Jack Flash

Hand-eye coordination is essential if you’re a sportsperson or musician, but it also helps to break the ice in the home and workplace. But don’t worry, you won’t need much coordination, just a pen or some small stickers, and a minute or two of practice.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Call someone over to a table, you’ll need the surface. But it can also work with just a hand against your forearm.


Have you seen the movie Jumping Jack Flash? This is my version…

Lend me your ears

If they have a marker pen, ask to use it. Or use a small office sticker or piece of Post-It paper, as per the video. Point out the finger with the mark (a smiley face is cool too) on it.


This is Jack and he likes to jump. See if you can follow him.

Start tapping Jack against the surface. Click your fingers on your other hand as you do, also as per video. Jack will start to appear and disappear with every tap.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Now with the person intrigued by where Jack is disappearing to, slow down the demonstration to reveal the idea.


Maybe I’m going too fast, how about if I go in slow motion…

Give a few taps to show Jack jumping, but slowed down enough to reveal that all you’re doing is alternating fingers with each jump.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Sorry about giving you the finger… all in good spirit.
  • It’s official, the hand is quicker than the eye.
  • On the other hand, I have five fingers.
Alternative ending

Add some sparkle by trying out the same idea out with jewelry, by using a ring placed on the front of your finger instead of the image or sticker.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Is this about the finger being quicker than the eye?

Talk to the hand.

Is Jack Flash a jumper or just a sneaky fellow?

Watch closely and Jack will tell all.

Did Jack come out of the box for this?

Yes, he likes to think outside of the box.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to capture some imaginations.
  • When you want to make people smile.
  • When you want to have a wee bit of fun.
Where to use it
  • the breakfast table
  • informal gatherings
  • socializing
  • cocktail functions
  • at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • A permanent marker or pen or some small stickers
  • Mark your finger nail with the marker or use the small stickers.
Training required
  • This will take a bit of practice but you will be a master in minutes.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t go giving anyone the finger.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a marker pen or some small round stickers

size size

pens and stickers fit in your pocket

durability durability

as long as you have the marker pen you are good to go

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

leaking pens make a mess

reusable how many times you can use it

have fun with this – keep going

training needed training needed

try this by yourself for a few minutes in front of a mirror

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