Capturing imagination is a great icebreaker, and it’s easily done with a few household items. Try this out on young and old alike. You’ll need nothing more than a napkin, preferably made of cloth, and a fork.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Place the fork behind the napkin - don’t reveal the fork at all.

You:

Did you feel that? Seems like there’s a bit of a breeze in here…

Lend me your ears

Lift the napkin to chest height, fork still hidden from sight.

You:

Seriously, you could almost say it’s windy in here…

Seal the Deal and Reveal

With thumb control over the fork, hidden behind the napkin, begin tapping on the centre of the hanging napkin with the fork. It will look as if an invisible force is tapping the fabric upwards.

You:

That’s more than a breeze, that’s a ghost.

Give a few more taps against the cloth, adding more power and height to the taps. Look a little uncertain as to how this is happening.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Don’t worry, I think it’s just Casper the friendly ghost.
  • Weird things happen when you’re around.
  • It’s like the wizard of Oz behind the curtain.
Alternative ending

Try the same technique, but using a wine cork or something bigger stuck to the fork - like a muffin - for maximum napkin jumping effect.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

Is that a haunted napkin?

Yes, but in a good way.

Can you move things with your mind?

Only if they are covered by a napkin…

What is the secret?

Fork off… I mean, don’t let the fork slip.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to have a bit of fun.
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you need to get a vibe going.
Where to use it
  • the breakfast table
  • the office canteen
  • team building events
  • socializing
  • cocktail functions
Getting ready
Items required
  • A cloth napkin and a fork
Preparation
  • Hide the fork under the napkin and you are all set.
Training required
  • Try this once by yourself in front of a mirror and you will get the hang of it.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may scare a few people.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a cloth napkin and a fork

size size

it will be on most dinner tables – no need to keep these items in any pockets

durability durability

so many dining room tables, so many ghosts

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

a whole dinner table can enjoy this

possible health risk possible health risk

don’t fork anyone

reusable how many times you can use it

probably just once or twice

training needed training needed

try this by yourself first

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