Red Hammertime

Red Hammertime

Mental predictions are a good way to capture imaginations. Using some tried and tested questions, it’s surprising what the brain will answer.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Prepare before you start by writing the words ‘Red Hammer’ onto a piece of paper and folding it up without anyone seeing the words.


Are you up for a few simple questions?

Lend me your ears


First question… what day is Christmas?
Okay, what number comes between 1 and 3?
What are hamburgers made of?
What side of the road do they drive on in Europe?

Seal the Deal and Reveal


Now think of a colour and a tool. What’s the colour and the tool?

Ask for their first answer, as soon as it pops into their mind without thinking too much.

Get them to open the folded up piece of paper with ‘Red Hammer’ written inside. Those series in questions, in that order, should make them choose a red hammer most of the time.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Stop, hammertime.
  • Blame your synapses for this one, I didn’t do any magic.
  • If you said red hammer and sickle, I’d predict that you were old school Russian.
Alternative ending

Instead of handing them the folded piece of paper beforehand, WhatsApp them the answer and ask them to wait until the end before reading your message – to reveal ‘Red Hammer’.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Is this a communist trick?

More of a socialist, er, social, experiment.

Who ever heard of a red hammer?

Hammers can be all shapes and sizes, and colours.

Do you have a thing for tools?

I always said that if I had a hammer, I would hammer in the mornings …
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people very curious.
  • When you need to have a bit of fun.
  • When you want to get people involved.
Where to use it
  • office canteen
  • informal meetings
  • cocktail functions
  • socializing at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • Just the imagination
  • Learn the few easy questions and you are good to go.
Training required
  • Just remember the questions and all will be sweet.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • It may not work every time.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material


size size

not too many words to remember

durability durability

don’t swallow your words

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

just enjoy

reusable how many times you can use it

just once

training needed training needed

make sure to learn the questions

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