Take a match, lick the back of your thumb, curl your thumb down and place the match on it. Pinch it tight to make sure it sticks properly.
Many great icebreakers are exercises in simplicity. And when their simple secret is revealed, it’s almost as impressive as the stunt itself. Grab yourself a matchstick to try this out.
Face the person directly to avoid them seeing your thumb from the side. Look like you’re holding the match between thumb and forefinger.
Are you ready to see this match vanish before your eyes?
Make a moving hand gesture to add to the disappearance, by tapping your hand forward as you count.
Extend your thumb upwards and open your hand, concealing the match stuck to the back of your thumb. It will appear as if it’s vanished.
Once they’ve reacted to the vanishing, complete the fun.
But wait, I need to bring it back… ready?
In a blink of an eye, return your thumb to the first position, revealing the match.
- This trick really lights my fire.
- If this was tennis, this is what we’d call match point.
- I think we’ve just met my match.
Continue to disappear and re-appear the match as many times as you can, to see how long it will take the person to figure it out on their own. Tell them you’re going to keep going until they figure it out.
What else can you make appear out of thin air?
Can you light my cigarette for me?
Are you a match maker?
- When you want to get people curious.
- When you want to get people smiling.
- When you want to let your fingers do the talking.
- the office canteen
- informal gatherings
- socializing at the pub
- the breakfast table
- A match and your thumb
- You could also use a small piece of sticky tape to secure the match in place on the back of your thumb.
- Practice this in front of the mirror a few times to get the hang of it.
- You could turn into a match maker.
Do It Yourself (DIY)
matches are small things
matches are everywhere
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 burn anything
reusable how many times you can use it
training needed training needed
try this on your own first and give it a few goes to get the knack of it