Power in Your Hands

We have been drinking from straws ever since we can remember. We often like to play with them, bend them, manipulate them, and sometimes we like to make them move. Like the old classic blowing on the straw, secretly, as it rolls across the table. And now you get to take it up a notch. This never stops amazing people, and it is conversation piece of note. Spin the straw with grace.

Guide lines

Use any thick drinking straw, the kind of ones you find at fast food outlets.

Rub the straw against various items of clothing to determine which texture gives you the best static charge for your icebreaker.

Using a standard plastic bottle with the cap on, charge the straw, gently place it on the top of the bottle cap and you’re ready to engage with someone.


Feel like a drink? 
I’ve only got water, but it’ll still be fun.

Hold up your hands up above the straw.


Do you believe in positive energy? It actually exists, can I show you?

Place hands on either side of the static straw.


Sending some good vibes?

Start to spin the straw around with the charge between your hand and the straw. Practice for best effect.


Proof that positive energy is everywhere.

If you have spare straws, give the person the straw.


Try it out for yourself … the power of positive thinking.

Some extra lines you can try throughout

  • I can’t help it that straws are attracted to me.
  • It’s a scientific fact that I’m an attractive person.
  • This doesn’t work on negative people.
  • No secret wires necessary, just good energy.
Anticipated responses and retorts

You don’t fool me – you were blowing on it.

Watch, let’s try again, and you can cover my mouth.

How does that work?

It is all about having the power – you try it – maybe you got the power too now.

What else can you show me?

Ok, check this – let’s put the straw on the table and then see if it comes to you (and then you carefully and secretively blow in the direction of the straw and watch it start to roll).
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When there is small group of people gathering around a table or a bar counter.
  • Over a one-on-one discussion at a table, when the person is another world, and you need them to connect with you.
  • With your kids at the dinner table. This will get their full attention. It may even get them more interested in their science studies.
  • Can be used in a restaurant – if you are a waiter you may want to give this a try.
Where to use it
  • office
  • canteen
  • pub
  • restaurant
  • sports club
  • table top
  • counter
  • desk
  • any place with a flat surface
Getting ready
Items required
  • a straw – Starbucks or McDonald’s work best
  • an item of clothing that is lush – like a jersey or a sweatshirt
  • rub a straw on the inside of your sweatshirt about 10 times, and then place the straw on top of a mineral water bottle and test that it moves when you bring your hands in close.
Training required
  • Practice placing the straw on top of the bottle cap as delicately as possible so that it settles and you are ready to begin.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Place the straw down gently on the top of a water bottle or salt shaker. And do so gently, so that it does not start spinning right away. Balance the straw and let it settle.
  • Move your hands in slowly. Put them on either side of the straw so that the hand surface area comes close to the straw, but make sure not to touch the straw, or you may bump it off the central mount of the water bottle.
  • Don’t poke the straw into someone’s eye.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a drinking straw, preferably a thick plastic one like from a fast-food joint

size size

small (can fit into your jacket pocket)

durability durability

if you bend the straw too much and twist it then it won’t work as well – keep a spare new straw handy

source source

science class

time to impact time to impact

pretty much instant

size of audience size of audience

personal or two or more people

possible health risk possible health risk

don’t poke anyone in the eye with the straw

reusable how many times you can use it

multiple times

training needed training needed

minimal – practice loading the static charge and balancing the straw on the top of a mineral water bottle

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