Lucky Number 7

Lucky Number 7

Being able to direct a conversation is a good skill, being able to do it with humour is even better. Here’s a short word story to create smiles.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Bet someone that you can make them say the word, ‘seven’.

Lend me your ears

Now start the process with some simple sums.


What’s 2 + 2?

They should answer 4.


Okay, you’re sharp, how about 1 + 2?

They’ll answer 3.

Seal the Deal and Reveal


Finally, what’s 3 + 3?

They’ll answer 6.


I told you I could make you say 6.

They should answer by telling you that you originally said 7.

The bet is won.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Do you want to try it again with the number 8?
  • You have much to learn young Skywalker.
  • Seven’s considered a lucky number, just not when playing roulette.
Alternative ending

Bet them that they can get you to say any number of their choice, following the same rules. When they start using the simple maths equations, immediately give them the answer they’re looking for.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Is 7 really a lucky number?

It got us talking, so, for sure it is.

Do you catch everyone with this?

Six out of seven today.

Why was 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7 8 9 … seven ate nine.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people thinking laterally.
  • When you want to get people intrigued.
  • When you want to have a bit of fun.
Where to use it
  • informal gatherings
  • team building events
  • mentoring sessions
  • customer visits
  • socializing at the bar
Getting ready
Items required
  • Just your presence
  • Keep the script in mind – if you forget, you could wing it quite easily.
Training required
  • Run through the script a few times and you will be a guru.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Just have fun.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

dress nicely

size size

size 7

durability durability

your guess is as good as ours

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

you’re safe

reusable how many times you can use it

just once

training needed training needed

keep the script in mind

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