Face the Fingers

Let’s face it, not everything is as it appears, and what seems impossible is often easily achieved with some ingenuity. To demonstrate, get yourself a small glass of drinkable liquid.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Point out the drink in your hand.


Can I show you something? It involves some minor face touching and this drink. Don’t worry, nothing weird.

Lend me your ears

When the person is comfortable, and preferably sitting, put the glass down and point an index finger from each hand. Put a finger on each of the person’s upper cheeks, just under their eyes.


I will drink this drink and make it disappear while at the same time having my two fingers on your face. Can it be done?

They should say that it can’t be done.


You’ll need to close your eyes for all to be revealed.

With the person’s eyes closed, continue.

Seal the Deal and Reveal


I will now place my fingers back on your face and make the drink be gone.

Place your first and little finger of one hand onto the person’s face, to fake the sensation of their being two hands. Pick up the drink and drink it. Get the person to open their eyes, to reveal what has happened.

Give a few taps to show Jack jumping, but slowed down enough to reveal that all you’re doing is alternating fingers with each jump.

Some extra lines you can try

  • You made assumptions, and you know what assumptions are the mother of.
  • Thanks, that was a tasty beverage.
  • Never close your eyes when there’s a drink at stake.
Alternative ending

Tell them you want to try it again, but with a twist. Alternatively run the original version from the start: When their eyes are closed, get an accomplice or use your own hands to add a third finger to their face to create a moment of confusion with their eyes closed. Where has the third finger come from?

Anticipated responses and retorts

Is this how you leave your mark?

My hands are clean - no marks.

Can you do it again with a glass of whisky this time?

You got me there!

Do you get yourself free drinks with this little stunt?

What do you think …
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to make people smile.
  • When you want to have a face-to-face.
  • When you want to get up close and personal.
Where to use it
  • the breakfast table
  • the office canteen
  • mentoring
  • socializing
  • cocktail functions
Getting ready
Items required
  • A drinking glass filled with water or any beverage
  • Make sure the glass is close by and you are all set.
Training required
  • You will get the hang of this right away.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t poke anyone in the eye.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a drinking glass filled with some liquid

size size

we are talking about a drinking glass

durability durability

as long as someone is pouring you are in business

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one or a small group

possible health risk possible health risk

don’t spill your drinks on anyone

reusable how many times you can use it

probably just once

training needed training needed


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