Match Point

Match Point

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.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

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.

Lend me your ears

Face the person directly to avoid them seeing your thumb from the side. Look like you’re holding the match between thumb and forefinger.

You:

Are you ready to see this match vanish before your eyes?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Make a moving hand gesture to add to the disappearance, by tapping your hand forward as you count.

You:

One, two…

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.

You:

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.

Some extra lines you can try

  • 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.
Alternative ending

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.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

What else can you make appear out of thin air?

A connection between two people.

Can you light my cigarette for me?

This is a non-smoking icebreaker.

Are you a match maker?

I see I have met my match.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to get people smiling.
  • When you want to let your fingers do the talking.
Where to use it
  • the office canteen
  • informal gatherings
  • socializing at the pub
  • the breakfast table
Getting ready
Items required
  • A match and your thumb
Preparation
  • You could also use a small piece of sticky tape to secure the match in place on the back of your thumb.
Training required
  • Practice this in front of the mirror a few times to get the hang of it.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You could turn into a match maker.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a matchstick

size size

matches are small things

durability durability

matches are 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

don’t burn anything

reusable how many times you can use it

many times

training needed training needed

try this on your own first and give it a few goes to get the knack of it

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