Bet that the mark can’t connect all these dots with four straight lines—without lifting up the pen or going through a dot more than once. Kubinski says: “Not exactly a jeans-dropper, but better than the old “How do you keep an idiot entertained? Answer on other side.’ Barf.”
HOW TO DO IT: This is a great test for thinking outside the box. After all, there’s no rule that says the lines have to stay in the square—yet few people ever think of that.
Set an empty beer bottle upside down on top of a dollar bill (or a twenty—why not bet big?) and challenge the mark to get the bill out from under it without handling the bottle or knocking it over. “If you end up in jail, good luck explaining these bills to the judge,” Kubinski says.
HOW TO DO IT: Start at one end of the dollar, and roll it up tightly toward the beer bottle. When you get to the bottle, keep rolling and the bill will gently push it right to the end.
Put three full shot glasses in front of your mark and three full pints of beer in front of you. Bet you can drink all yours before the other person drinks his or hers. Only rule: You can't touch each other's glasses. "It's harder than it sounds," Kubinski says. "Practice your chug!"
HOW TO DO IT: Just chug your first pint, and before the mark can get to the last shot, put your glass upside down over it so he or she can’t drink it (since the rule is you can’t touch each other’s glasses).