Mobile Levitation

Mobile Levitation

Balance in life is importance, as is balancing time you spend on your cellphone. But balancing your cellphone to make it look like it’s levitating? Grab some tape, string or fishing gut (nylon) and your phone to try this out.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Tape a loop of string or fishing gut (nylon) to the base of your cellphone, out of sight, on the back of the phone.

Take time to practice your presentation before showing others, to be able to cover the taped part with your hands and make it look natural.

Lend me your ears


Can’t get over how incredibly light my phone is. Can I show you how light it is?

While pretending to turn on the phone, without showing the other person, slip your finger into the loop under the home button and you’re ready to show your skills.

For best results, show this from a lower angle, to avoid anyone seeing the mechanics.

Hold the phone with both hands, then let go of the non-taped side.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

The phone will appear to hover on your fingertip.


Look at that, it’s like I’m balancing a feather.

Once you’ve finished levitating the device, slip your finger out, cover the taped base of the phone with your hand and turn it over, revealing the back of the phone, but not the tape and string under the palm of your hand.

Some extra lines you can try

  • We should all strive to be more balanced people.
  • I like to balance my time on the phone with chatting to people in real life.
  • This phone is on point. On my finger point that is.
Alternative ending

Try the same technique with other devices. Is it possible to get it right with a screen as big as a tablet? (Hint: You’ll need to secure it with the tape really really well.)

Anticipated responses and retorts

Can you also balance the budget?

That is tomorrow’s challenge.

Does your phone do other special things?

Yeah! When it comes to breaking the ice ala Coolfidence, you better believe it.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to raise a few eyebrows.
  • When you want to get people wondering.
  • When you want to have some non-digital fun with your phone.
Where to use it
  • the breakfast table
  • customer visits
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • socializing
  • cocktail parties
Getting ready
Items required
  • A mobile phone, some good quality tape, and a small piece of thin string or nylon
  • Make a loop with the string or nylon big enough to put your finger in, and stick this firmly to the back of your phone.
Training required
  • Give this a bit of running-in time – balance is key here.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Make sure the tape is firmly secure or you could drop your phone.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

your mobile phone and some tape and a piece of string or nylon

size size

your phone is in your pocket and the tape and nylon or string you should find in any hardware or stationary store

durability durability

if your tape is good and strong it should hold a while

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one works best

possible health risk possible health risk

don’t break your phone by accident

reusable how many times you can use it

many times

training needed training needed

try this a few times in front of a mirror to get the feel of things

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