The Finger

Giving someone the finger definitely gets attention, but not the savoury kind. Offering to hypnotize someone with your finger, on the other hand, makes a whole different kind of statement. This is fun, just don’t let the power go to your head.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

You only need one finger to make a point, and your thumb is the lead actor in this short story. This story involves gravity, leverage, a bit of a twist, and is great for getting people to relax. Because of the physical touch it breaks down barriers and gets all the senses firing.

Approach a colleague or friend who is preferably sitting down. If not, ask them to sit down, in a chair, relax, and lean back

We all have stories about when we weren’t feeling ourselves. We all have stories of losing control, and this is a great time to weave in one of those tales. For example:We all have stories about when we weren’t feeling ourselves. We all have stories of losing control, and this is a great time to weave in one of those tales. For example:

You:

You know, I have a problem sleeping on long distance flights.
Everyone is asleep even before the plane takes off, except me.
I just don’t sleep well on planes. Even a short nap on a plane doesn’t work for me.
Maybe I just don’t relax easily. I was also always sure that I can’t be hypnotised either.
But then one of my friends changed all that. It was a fun. Let me show you…

Lend me your ears

You have a person sitting back in a chair – you have their full attention.

Here are some great lines here to get you going.

You:

What do you think the odds are of me hypnotizing you with my finger?

Make sure that they sit back in the chair and have their feet out in front of them.

You:

Nice shoes you’ve got. I want you to be totally relaxed. Stretch out your legs - it will help you.
When I count to “3” you will be completely relaxed. Ready?

Some extra lines you can try (if they are still unsure)

  • This is what the Rolling Stones meant when they sang, under my thumb…
  • Everyone needs some leverage in life.
  • I’ve got you, under my thumb…

They still won’t be able to get up, until you remove your thumb from their forehead.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

There is certainly a moment of surprise when the person under your spell, er, thumb, cannot get up. Enjoy the moment, and use it to carry on a conversation.

You:

You didn’t think I could get you under my thumb, did you?

You:

I release you, you are free to go. Live your life.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Sometimes it pays to be all thumbs.
  • Everyone needs some leverage in life.
  • Don’t let anyone hold you down, be free, be you.

Whoever you do this to will smile and feel comfortable. They can see that you are just having fun, and that you don’t take life too seriously.

You:

You do look quite relaxed in that chair. I can stay here and watch over you while you take a little nap.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

What else can you do with your finger?

Speak to the hand.

Can you really hypnotize people?

When I hypnotized you, I told you to ask me that.

Can I try hypnotize you now?

You can, but things could get weird if we are both under each other spell.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get someone to feel comfortable. This is good for putting people at ease and making them feel they can talk to you.
  • This is a good one-on-one tool for when you are leading someone in the office. Especially in a mentoring capacity.
  • A very good device to use in a business setting where you want to break the ice and set a warm tone.
  • This works well in team building scenarios – it helps to build trust.
Where to use it
  • office
  • internal team meetings
  • mentoring sessions
  • with new staff
  • with friends
Getting ready
Items required
  • a chair and your finger
Preparation
  • have a chair where a person can sit comfortably in and is able to lean back in.
  • wash your hands (no one likes a dirty finger).
Training required
  • Practice this once on a friend and you will get the hang of it in no time.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t push with your finger too hard. You don’t want the person to fall back in the chair and topple over.
  • Don’t do this to a drunk person – you may just freak them out.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a chair that lets you lean back in – an office swivel chair works well

size size

you always have your finger with you

durability durability

as long as you have chairs and fingers you can go on and on

source source

A friend of a friend

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this is best as a one-on-one tool

possible health risk possible health risk

don’t do this on board an airplane where this is turbulence – you could poke someone in the eye

reusable how many times you can use it

multiple times

training needed training needed

minimal

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haha classic. Amazing how a little finger can stop a person from getting up. My wife was helpless and it was quite a laugh.