This works best sitting directly in front of a person or people, so they see your skills from the front and not the side. Engage the power of storytelling.
Did you feel that? Like there was some invisible presence in the room. Did you also feel it?
Look around the room as if you’re trying to locate it.
Gently and quietly push your thumb into the base area of the polystyrene cup. Obviously first make sure there’s no liquid in it.
I hope it’s just Casper the friendly ghost.
They’ll now be looking at you.
With your thumb in the back of the cup, spread your other fingers as if you’re not holding the cup and try to make it look like it’s levitating, gently hovering it up into the air.
It’s flowing through me… are you seeing this?
Levitate the cup towards them a few times, looking a little freaked out. Then, slowly, reveal the source behind the illusion: your thumb.
Pro Tip: For maximum effect, practice in front of the mirror beforehand to get your levitation effect looking good.
Some extra lines you can try
- I think we just had a spiritual moment together.
- We could all use a cuppa ghostly brew in the morning.
- Don’t try this with the coffee urn, you’ll need massive thumbs.
For the added cost of a paperclip, you’ll get an even better hovering effect. Wrap the paperclip around your thumb and push the paperclip into the cup for extra ghostliness.