Paper Perfect

Paper Perfect

It’s not always easy to tell what people are thinking, but it’s sometimes easy to read their minds. Impress everyone with your skills - all you’ll need is this image printed out, one on either side of the page, or get creative and draw it up yourself.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Place the front of the page down without revealing what’s on the back.


I hope you don’t mind me reading your mind with this piece of paper? Okay, think of any number between five and twenty… Got one? Want to change your mind?

You should have their attention.


Good choice.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Get them to count out their number on the paper, explaining how.


Starting on the first circle, the one after the “x”, I want you to count out your number. Example, if you chose the number five…

Demonstrate how they must count numbers in a clockwise fashion. One, two, three, four, five … etc.


Now go ahead and try it for yourself, with your own chosen number.

They’ll count out and get to a circled icon.


So far so good, now please count out your number, again, this time going in the opposite direction.

They’ll do so and get to a specific icon.


Concentrate on the final icon.

Turn the page to reveal the same icon on the back of the page – the cool cat.


Just as I predicted.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I guess great minds think alike.
  • It looks like I’ve got your number.
  • Want to try guessing another number?
Alternative ending

Get them to attempt another number, and once again predict it accurately. Or give them the paper template to try out on other people in their own time.

Anticipated responses and retorts

How does that work?

Try it on someone.

Do you always predict it correctly?

I knew you were going to ask me that.

Can you see the future?

You are in the future right now.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to capture someone’s imagination.
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you would like to leave them with something cool.
Where to use it
  • general informal gatherings
  • customer visits
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • socializing
Getting ready
Items required
  • A printout of the image or a hand drawn version will do
  • Just remember the few steps and you are all good to go.
Training required
  • Practice this a couple of times on yourself. Piece of cake.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Just enjoy it.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

the image, printed out or drawn

size size

we are talking a piece of paper

durability durability

it’s paper !

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience


possible health risk possible health risk

paper cut ?

reusable how many times you can use it

just once would be best

training needed training needed

easy as falling off a log

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