Floating Pen

The power of illusion always intrigues, especially when you can do it in a very simple, unexpected way. Try this around the office and get some conversations going - all you need are two pens and your wrist watch.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Get someone’s attention.


I don’t want to alarm you, but I think I’ve developed superpowers… I can get things to stick to me.

Lend me your ears

Place a pen against the palm of your hand, as seen in the video, and face the back of your hand to the person. Give the pen a levitating action.
You should get a smile. If they don’t ask how you do it, reveal how you’re holding the pen with your pointing finger on your wrist side.


You don’t even need to lift a finger for this to work…

Now that they think they’ve seen it all, take it a step further. Turn around and prep the floating pen, also as demonstrated in the video, by holding it down with the second pen anchored under your watch strap.

Move your other hand away from your wrist, leaving the pen floating.

Seal the Deal and Reveal


Wait, hang on, I’m not even holding it now… I told you, superpowers.

Give them a few moments to try and figure it out, then reveal the simple secret.

Some extra lines you can try

  • It’s all in the wrist.
  • The pen’s mightier than the sword, especially when it’s controlled by magic.
  • I think this was invented by Penn from Penn and Teller.
Alternative ending

Try it out with other utensils such as a small ruler or even chopsticks, to be able to use it in any situation.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Is this what penmanship is all about?

Let me ask Sean Penn.

Is pen levitation the next big thing?

The writing is on the wall.

What can this teach us about life?

That pens and watches are always fundamental.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to raise an eyebrow.
  • When you want to make people smile.
  • When you want to create some intrigue.
Where to use it
  • informal gatherings
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • socializing
  • cocktail functions
Getting ready
Items required
  • Two pens (inexpensive plastic pens work well) and you should be wearing a watch
  • Have the pens on hand and you are all set.
Training required
  • Try this once by yourself and you will be an ace.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Leaking pens make a mess.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a couple of plastic pens and your wrist watch

size size

pens fit in your pocket

durability durability

pens go missing

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

leaking pens make a mess

reusable how many times you can use it

probably just once

training needed training needed

try this by yourself once or twice to get a feel for things

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