Do you always spend time with your family or friend and wish you could do something to spice up those moments? True, these are your regular companions but at times, you might such company monotonous without some excitement. Whether you are whiling time away at home, at a party or traveling together, there’s always need for something exciting to make these moments worthwhile.
Well, you can now become the life of the party by learning some of these incredible mind tricks. With these mind games, you will always have something to enliven the moments you spend together. Mind tricks are popular because anyone can use them in any setting. Whether at a party, at home, at school or during a trip, you can always awe your friends with mind-bending mind tricks.
The Beauty of Mind Tricks
Why would you use mind tricks on your friends? Well, they not only make for an interesting way to pass the time but they also present an opportunity to learn. Some of these mind tricks have been around for ages and they help you exercise your brain. Some of the best mind tricks help you to stay alert which is an important skill at school and in life. Other mind games are fun and help you make friends more easily.
Why do mind tricks work? They work simply because they run counter to your established thought patterns. This makes them fun as you try to wrestle your brain something which is impossible.
The best thing about mind tricks is that they are suitable for all age sets. You can decide to tease your family at the dinner table or when relaxing after a meal. You can use these mind tricks at school or with your friends. If you always have a problem socializing, you can cut the ice using a mind trick. Always remember that the idea behind these mind games is to have fun and not to intimidate.
Some Mind Tricks to Use on Your Friends
1: Try this on your friend and say it fast: What’s 1+1? What’s 2+2? What’s 4+4? What’s 8+8?” Name a vegetable. The answer that comes out is always “carrot.” Try the game on different people and you will get the same answer.
2: This mind trick is ideal for both family and friends: “Two electricians are working on a rewiring project. One of them is the other one’s son, but the other one is not his father. Do you know why?” Most people will not get the answer which is “Because the other one is his “mother” not father.”
3: This is one of the trickiest mind tricks you can use on a group of friends. There are no black dots but it will take a lot of time before your friends finally realize this.
4: Bet this with another person: They can’t tell the difference between three milk types in different cups. If they accept the bet, blindfold them and replace one cup with orange juice. When they taste it, the acidity causes them to gag because the mind expected milk.
5: Ask your friend to identify the number of Fs they can see in the sentence “FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.” Most of them will say 2 or 3 but the actual number is 6. Of course, you had most likely noticed only the 2 letter Fs, and this is what makes this mind trick so interesting.
6: Use this pendulum mind trick on your friends. Make a simple pendulum from a coin and agree with your friends that clockwise means “yes” and anticlockwise means “No.” Now give the pendulum as it swings to one of your friends and starts asking questions but tell them not to answer loudly. Your friends will be shocked to realize the pendulum is moving according to their answers in their mind. Well, this is ideomotion where a subject moves the pendulum unconsciously. For instance, if you ask “have you had sex today?” The participant will answer in their brain and the hand will move the pendulum depending on that answer.
7: Show this image to your friends and tell them to read the sentence fast. Of course, most will not notice the problem in the sentence. But have you noticed yet? There is a repetition of the word “The”
8: You can use this mind trick on family and friends and it never gets old. Ask a participant to Say “silk” 20 times in quick succession. When they say the word the 20th time, ask them “what do cows drink?” the answer always comes out as milk. Well, this is wrong because cows drink water. It is an interesting mind trick which always becomes a conversation starter as everyone tries to do it to their friend.
9: If you have always wanted to read mind how about tricking your friends to believe you can? This is how to do it.
- Tell your friend to pick a number from 1 and 10. Then multiply with 9.
- Ask your friend to add the two digits of the number if the resulting answer is a two digit number.
- Tell your friend to subtract five from the sum.
- For the resulting answer, choose the corresponding letter from the alphabet (A=1, B=2,etc).
- Think of a country starting with that alphabet letter. Pick an animal starting with the last letter of that country.
Ask your friend is their answer is Orange Kangaroo in Denmark. Of course, you haven’t read their mind because this is the only answer your friends can get from the questions.
10: Another incredible mind trick to play on your friend is: Ask your friend to look into your eyes and when doing it, tell them to say they can’t stop looking. At that point, ask them what they took for lunch three days back. Most likely, they will not remember because it is impossible to recall when focusing into your eyes.
11: Want to laugh with your friends? Ask them this mind trick question “Jane’s mother has four children: May, June, July and…” Most likely your friends will say August which is wrong. The answer is Jane.
12: Father and son had an accident and the boy was badly injured. At the theatre room, the doctor said “I can’t operate on this boy. He’s my son,” So, who’s the doctor? This mind trick question will confuse your friends but the answer is simple “The mother.”
13: Ask your friends this trick question “How can a man go eight days without sleep?” Now, this would seem impossible but come to think of it, the answer is simple “By sleeping at night,” Did you come close?
14: This dictionary mind reading trick is incredible and you can dazzle your friends with it any time. Here is how it goes:
- Look up the 9th word on page 108 in your dictionary and write it on a slip of paper and fold it into an envelope.
- Ask two of your friends to volunteer to have their minds read. Give one your dictionary and the other a calculator
- Ask the volunteer with the calculator to pick any three digits without any of them repeating e.g. 569. Tell them to reverse the number (965).
- Tell them to subtract the larger number from the smaller one (965-569=396) and reverse the answer (693).
- Tell your volunteer to add the last sums 396+693=1089. This will always be the answer whatever the number initially picked.
- Ask the volunteer the first three digits of the answer. These are 108. At this point, ask the volunteer with a dictionary and ask them to check the 9th word on page 108. Pretend you can read their mind and take time doing this. Pull out the envelope where you had earlier placed your slip of paper and get out the word. This mind trick always works and you can use it any time you want to have some fun with your friends.
15: Pinocchio Effect Mind trick: You need two chairs and a blindfold for this mind trick. One of your friends will have a blindfold and sit behind another person without a blindfold seated on the other chair. The one with a blindfold should feel their nose and at the same time reach out and feel the nose of the other person seated in front. The Pinocchio effect comes in as when the one in a blindfold says they can feel their nose growing longer.
These are just a few of the mind tricks you can use on your friends. If you have some interest in how magicians work you should start exploring more mind games and tricks to present to your friends. It feels good always to have something that can bring some joy to your family and friends. It is a great way to learn and gain confidence in public. As more people find an interest in your mind tricks, you feel more confident to interact with them and this will immensely boost your social life.