Before calling someone over, use the rubber band to attach a box of matches under your wrist. Be sure to keep them out of site. Place the three other empty matchboxes in front of you, like a street hustler.
Tell me, are you feeling lucky? Because I’ve got a game of chance for you.
Point to the three matchboxes on the table in front of you.
Okay, two empty matchboxes and one full, your job is to find the full one. My job is to make sure you don’t…
Shake the full box (that’s actually empty) by using the hand with the full box stuck to your wrist.
This is the lucky box that you need to keep an eye on. These two are the empty boxes, to throw you off.
Mix up the boxes at speed to throw off your onlooker. Let them have a guess – use your non-matchbox hand and shake the box.
I’m sorry, you’re wrong… let me slow down a bit.
Do it again, a bit slower. But still fast enough so when your onlooker gets it wrong, they’ll think they missed it. They’ll be stumped.
Ready for the secret? The trick is to always have something up your sleeve… literally.
Pull up your sleeve and show the matchbox with matches inside stuck to your arm with the rubber band.
Nothing in these matchboxes. Matches in this one.
Some extra lines you can try
- It pays to always have something up your sleeve.
- I’ve just saved your cash from the street hustlers.
- Gambling in the office isn’t encouraged, but I don’t mind if I’m winning.
Get your onlooker in on the action as a sidekick. Run the sequence again with a newbie, but with the first onlooker always able to guess the correct box - while the newbie never gets it correct. They’ll be doubly confused.