Nice as it is to have heaps of time off over the festive period, there’s no denying it can get a little tedious. Here’s some fun ways to keep everyone’s spirits up, so you don’t end up having a barney over the Christmas pud, or throwing sprouts at your dad for reeling out the same old Christmas jokes.

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1. Best finger first

fork-bet

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 x forks

1 x match

THE TRICK

Bet someone you can balance all three objects on your fingertip.

When they accept, carefully push the match between the prongs of the two forks.

Although it seems impossible, you’ll then be able to balance the whole set-up on your fingertip.

 

2. Do NOT touch!

straw-bet

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 x straw

Plastic bottle

THE TRICK

Challenge your Nan to balance a straw horizontally on a bottle, then make the straw spin without touching it, or blowing on it.

After they’ve finished struggling, rub the straw on your shirt, balance it on the bottle, then hold your finger close to the straw.

Static electricity will make the straw spin around!

 

3. Easy money

5-bet

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

£5 note

THE TRICK

Ask your friend to hold their thumb and first finger about an inch apart. Then, place a banknote in the gap between their thumb and finger.

Explain in a moment you’re going to drop the banknote and they can keep the money if they can catch it.

They’ll miss every time.

For more amazing tricks check out 101 Bets You Will Always Win The Science of the Seemingly Impossible by Richard Wiseman, published by Boxtree, £9.99 (Hardback)

 

4. Mince pie challenge

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Not quite a guaranteed win, and you might want to save this ’til Boxing Day, when you’re marginally less full. But, if you have space in your bloated tum, why not try to beat the current Guinness World Record for the fastest time to eat three mince pies… 54 seconds! Your time starts now!

 

5. You said what?

Speak Out is the new game from Hasbro. Basically, players wear a mouthpiece while they read out words against the clock. As they attempt to speak, the other players have to try and guess what they’re saying before the time’s up.

Simple, yet impossible, and utterly hilarious, as you can see from our attempt… I have never laughed (or dribbled) so much!

speak-out

Speak Out by Hasbro is priced £19.99