Take a tube from a toilet roll and explain
that the bet is to drop it and have it stand on its end. Your friends will fail every time.
To win the bet, simply drop the tube on its side. Draw and arrow on a piece of paper and
challenge people to reverse the direction of the arrow without touching the paper. To
win the bet, just slide a glass of water in front of it. Start off with three glasses.
The middle one facing upwards and the other two facing downwards. Explain to your friends
that they have to end up with all of the glasses facing upwards. They only have three moves
and on each move they can move two of the glasses. Then show them how easy it is. However,
when you set the bet back up, place the middle glass face downwards. Now it’s impossible.
This bet involves a glass and an object like an orange. Place the glass on the table and
challenge your friends to place the object on top of the glass. When they do this, explain
that you have won the bet because that is the bottom of the glass. Place three glasses
into a triangle and challenge your friends to balance three knives on the glasses in
such a way that they can support a fourth glass. To win the bet, place the first knife
here, the second knife on top of the first, and the third knife under the first and over
the second. That way, the knives form a platform and you can balance the fourth glass on it.
We are half way through the bets now, and here is a picture of a stuffed goat. This
bet involves six glasses. Put liquid in these three and leave the other three empty. Explain
that your friend has to re-arrange the glasses so that they run full empty full empty full
empty. But they are only allowed to move one glass. When they give up, simply pick up this
glass. Pour the liquid into here, replace it, and you have won the bet. Ask your friends
to hold their hands out like this. Turn them over. Link them together. And now move them
like this. Now point to one of their fingers and ask them to move it. Providing that you
don’t actually touch their finger, they will be confused and move the wrong one. This list
of numbers adds up to one thousand two hundred and forty. Challenge your friends to lose
two of the rows but still make a list that adds up to one thousand two hundred and forty.
When they give up, fold the paper like this and you have won the bet. And you can download
a PDF of this list using the link that is below this video. Place a note about seventy
five centimetres from a wall and ask your friend to stand against the wall. Now challenge
them to pick up the note without moving their heels away from the wall. They won’t be able
to do it. This bet involves a funnel, a coin, and a glass of cold water. Tuck the funnel
down your friend’s trousers, ask them to balance the coin on the end of their nose, and explain
that to win the bet they have to drop the coin into the funnel. However, before they
drop the coin, simply pour the cold water into the funnel. You will lose the bet, but
it is funny. But be careful because your friends might be more than a tad annoyed.