Ninja Fruit

Fruit is good for a healthy mind, so are things that force you to think outside the norm. To do this, grab a banana and a thick needle and get stuck in (excuse the pun).

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Prep your stunt banana out of site. All it takes is a small hole in segments down the length of the banana, as you’ll see in the video. Rock the needle back and forth to make sure you get clean cuts for the reveal.

Lend me your ears

Call someone over to reveal your skill. Avoid showing them the side of the banana with the holes made with the needle.


I was about to eat this banana, but I wanted it chunky, not plain… fortunately I have an invisible sword... Watch this.

Pretend to make a few slices towards the banana with your hand, as if it’s a sword.

Seal the Deal and Reveal


That looks cut up quite nicely don’t you think?

They may look confused. Then casually peel the banana to reveal that it’s been pre-sliced inside its skin.

Some extra lines you can try

  • That’s better, manageable chunks, so much easier to eat.
  • Don’t worry, you haven’t gone bananas.
  • Would you like to try my invisible sword?
Alternative ending

Get them to try some invisible sword action on another banana. Either prep it beforehand or leave it whole depending on your desired outcome. If it stays whole, tell them, “You have a lot to learn, grasshopper.”
If it’s pre-sliced, ask them for your sword back, because it’s not a toy.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Can you do the same with banana bread?

Good question. I have found my next challenge.

Are you a black belt ninja?

Yellow. Banana belt.

Is variety really the slice of life?

Different fruit strokes for different folk.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to make people smile.
  • When you need to show someone that you are not bananas.
Where to use it
  • the canteen
  • team building events
  • social gatherings
Getting ready
Items required
  • A fresh banana and a thick needle – a thin needle won’t work so well
  • Prepare the banana by piercing the skin with the needle and rocking the needle back and forth, inside the banana, to create the “slice”. A healthy sized banana may require about 6 or 7 such piercings, about 1 cm apart.
Training required
  • This will take a bit of practice. But it is easy to do. After a couple of bananas you will be a fruit ninja.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • People may think you are a bit of a fruitcake.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a banana and a solid sewing needle

size size

we are talking bananas

durability durability

don’t bruise the banana – fresh yellow ones look best here

source source

a friend

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

fruit is good for you

reusable how many times you can use it

just once

training needed training needed

you may need to practice this a couple of times to get the hang of it

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