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In case you are wondering, this post is not a prank itself. But I acknowledge that it sounds exactly like one.

I think I invented this practical joke but you'll let me know if you have heard anything like it. It's very, very cool. Seriously, it will blow your mind.

The Set Up

Select a victim who is likely to believe the incredible bullshit that follows. It works well with kids because they can't yet distinguish science from magic. But it's fun for anyone with a sense of humor, especially the gullible ones.

It helps to have an accomplice who can nod and agree with the story you are about to tell, as if it had been in the news recently and all well-informed people know it.

Your story to the victim is that scientists discovered that mirrors made from certain types of sand don't merely reflect light; sometimes they act as a window into a dimension that is similar but slightly different from our own. The most fascinating part is that the scientists devised a simple way to tell if your mirror is normal or a window to another dimension. Next. . .

1.      Find a full-length mirror. Ask your victim to stand in front of it, about a foot away.

2.      Explain that you will ask the victim to do three different motions in front of the mirror. If the mirror does everything the victim is doing, it is just an ordinary mirror. But if any of the three motions are not duplicated in the mirror, what you are seeing is a similar but slightly different dimension.

3.      Ask the victim to keep his feet planted and turn at the waist - left, then right, then back. Note aloud that the mirror did exactly the same.

4.      Ask the victim to keep his body still except for shaking his head back and forth as if saying "no." Note aloud that the mirror did exactly the same.

5.      Speculate that this might be an ordinary mirror, but there is one more test to be sure.

6.      Ask the victim to put his nose about an inch from the mirror and keep his entire body still except for moving his eyes rapidly left-right-left several times in a row. Now ask the victim if his eyes in the mirror appear to be moving similarly.

Here's the freaky cool part. The victim will see his eyes in the mirror appearing to stare straight ahead, unmoving, while in fact they are vigorously moving back and forth. This is an illusion, obviously, but it is so unexpected that the victim will be surprised.

The victim's first reaction will be that he is seeing something impossible. That's when you jump in with your explanation of the window to another dimension. Your accomplice should be nodding and confirming the story.

I've tried it a few times and it's a lot of fun. Let me know if it works for you.

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Mar 23, 2013
Scott, you must have a lot of really dumb friends.

Mar 22, 2013
My concept of an April Fool gag is to bring innocent candy or cookies into the office, presumably in honor of your target. Other coworkers, in on the gag, help themselves -- being a little more selective than usual in taking one -- and coming around your target's desk a little more often than usual ("So, how ya doing? No, no, you look fine. I'll have another one of these.").

The idea is to make your target:
a) Think he has eaten something that will have some sort of embarrassing consequences (based solely on subtly different coworker behavior), and perhaps psyche him into indigestion.
b) Smell a rat and not partake at all, until he realizes he was tricked into self-denial.

Either way, the payoff comes from seeing everybody else ultimately consume all the delectables. For maximum effect, select a food item your target would normally inhale like a Golden Lab.

Mar 22, 2013
I think the zoo phone call was supposed to be from Mr. C. Lyon or Mr. G. Raffe...

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Mar 22, 2013
I have a real problem with "jokes" like these lottery ones, where someone has something "given" to them, and then it is taken away.

For a few moments, those people believed that all their financial worries were over. They no longer had to worry about the the mortage, the school fees, the medical bills.....a whole load of worries had suddenly disappeared from their lives.

And then they find out it was all a "joke".....and all the worries come crashing in on them again as they realise that things AREN'T suddenly getting better. Life continues to stink.....except that on top of everything, someone they thought was a "friend" has ripped away their dreams and is now laughing at them for being so delighted, and then so crushed.

I hate that kind of "joke" - absolutely hate them. At least with the reverse kind, where they (for example) believe they have lost something, but regain it when the joke is revealed, they end on a high.....THAT kind of joke I can get behind.

Mar 22, 2013
Didn't work for me - I guess I have an ordinary mirror. (Actually, once you get the hand of kind of using 'averted vision' while doing it, you can see your eyes moving back and forth no problem.)

But try this, not an illusion, but an actual physiological phenomenon. Stare fixedly at something (could be anything, but best with detail and colors, stare at a single point). Keep your head still and your eyes completely still and don't blink (stare really hard!). After a few moments everything will start to go gray. If you do it well enough you will think you've gone totally blind, but as soon as you move your eyes again it all comes back.

Nydhogg

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Mar 22, 2013
@Phantom II

[We do know Stephen Fry over here across the pond. He's been on a US TV series called 'Bones,' based on the work of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. He also was a collaborator with English actor Hugh Laurie, who had a very successful TV series called 'House.'

I really enjoy his work, but I'm surprised that he fell for that one.]

Just goes to show you, actors arent that smart just because they play smart roles.

Mar 22, 2013
@ina,

We do know Stephen Fry over here across the pond. He's been on a US TV series called 'Bones,' based on the work of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. He also was a collaborator with English actor Hugh Laurie, who had a very successful TV series called 'House.'

I really enjoy his work, but I'm surprised that he fell for that one.

Mar 22, 2013
@JoetheWebmaster,

A friend of mine once went you one further. He was part of one of those pools that bought a bunch of lottery tickets together. So on the day of the drawing, the lottery ticket machine had already turned over to the next day.

Once the drawing was done and the numbers were known, one of the guys ran down and bought a lottery ticket with the numbers that had just been picked. Of course, the numbers were for the next draw (rather than the one which they had all put their money into).

So they stuck the new ticket for the next draw into the pile of tickets that they had all bought together, and had one of their guys (the sucker) check the numbers.

Well, you can imagine what happened. He ran into that ticket, and stopped cold. Then, this eyes got big. Then he rechecked the numbers.

He grew pale. Then he shouted out, "WE WON! WE WON!! We're millionaires!"

At which point everyone else broke down in howls of laughter.

I'll tell you. Scott's joke is good. This one, although perhaps a bit cruel, was better.

Mar 21, 2013
if you're a web dev here's the best ever to pull, here we go...

1.) find a lottery loving friend/victim...
2.) create a mock up of their fav powerball site or whatever (quick c&p the HTML) edit results with their number.
3.) change the hosts file on their computer so when they enter the lottery sites domain it goes to your mock up site.
4.) enjoy the hilarious chaos ensue

WARNING... if you let it go on too long you may not have that person as a friend anymore lol

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Mar 21, 2013
@Phantom II - I don't know if you know Stephen Fry and how much he is revered in UK - but he felt for that one once on TV. Nice.

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Mar 21, 2013
What really amazes me about your joke is the setup. You have actually found people who are gullible enough to actually believe that there are mirrors that allow you to look into another dimension? My God, where do you find such people?

Then, when you give them the setup and they nod in agreement, how do you keep from breaking down in laughter?

Speaking of gullible, though: many people don't realize it, but the word 'gullible' is not in the dictionary. Even though people often use the word, it has never been included for some reason. Go figure.

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Mar 21, 2013
I prefer to leave a 'while your were out' note.
While you were out, Mr. Lyon (or Mr. Bayer) called and it was an emergency.
Call them back ASAP at (telephone number of local zoo).

Mar 21, 2013
Some time ago you posted a story about an April Fools joke someone pulled on you where a co-worker did a three-way call between himself, you, and your home, and he stayed silently on the line while hilarity ensued. You weren't home, so naturally the answering machine picked up, and you were left wondering how your answering machine managed to call you. I think that one was a lot better.

Of course, you didn't invent that one, so there's no way you'd call it the "best ever" ;)

Mar 21, 2013
This answer seems obvious, so I'm sure there's a catch. But, if you look into the mirror to see your reflection, you're eyes have stopped moving, so no illusion, just plain old reflection.

If you want a real illusion, go onto youtube and search for trippy eye illusion. You stare at the screen for a few minutes (try not to get a head ache), then when you look away the walls, tables, etc. appear to bend for a few seconds.

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