Here’s the scenario: You’re at a bar, and you see an attractive woman sitting alone. You want to walk over, introduce yourself, and hopefully have a conversation with her, see if you can make some sparks fly. But how do you not sound like every other dude who walks up to a hot woman at a bar?
You could try one of these 7 Cheesy Pickup Lines That Actually Work. But even if they get the job done, maybe you don’t want to be that guy. You want something original, something surprising, something that doesn’t depend on a pun to make her smile.
We’ve got just the thing.
Magicians know that audiences “see” the same things differently. “That’s because there are no absolutes for the brain,” says neuroscientist Susana Martinez-Conde, Ph.D.
Your mind perceives things based on context, either actual or implied. This is the basis for many illusions. You just need to create the right context, says magician Francis Menotti.
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So keep your wand out of sight, okay? For this trick, a pencil and scrap of paper are all you need.
How to Use It
Draw the simple image above. It can be viewed as either a duck or a rabbit, but people usually see one, not the other.
The next time you want to break the ice with a woman, sketch the critter and ask what she sees. If she says it’s a rabbit, tell her you can transform the picture—without touching it!—before her very eyes.
Then say two magic words: “quack quack.”
If she sees a duck, say “Bugs Bunny.” Presto!
“You can influence people with psychological subtleties,” says Menotti.
Speaking of which, try this: In the midst of her amazement, direct her attention to you. Then say “Sexiest man alive.”