Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Office Prank - Fake Stabbing

With April Fool's Day coming up, a good office prank may be just what you need. One of the biggest problems with April Fool's Day is that everybody knows it's April Fool's Day, thus making playing jokes and pranks on people that much more difficult. However, with the following prank, you'll use that knowledge against people by basically doing an obvious prank first with a partner and then having an over-the-top reaction to that prank that may just catch people by surprise.


Requirements:

  • Time (low) - very little time required here.
  • Cost (low) - you'll want to get yourself a trick knife with disappearing blade or other fake weapon. I'd highly recommend against using any kind of gun, this prank is risky enough.
  • Risk (high) - you're going to want to make sure you only do this if your office has a VERY good sense of humor. I, personally, would probably never do this prank just because I'd be too afraid of somebody getting to upset by it.

Steps:

  1. Grab yourself a partner for this. You're going to need to plan with them ahead of time some sort of easy prank for them to pull on you. Something that's quick and public. Something along the lines of them just putting a "kick me" sign on your back or something in front of a bunch of people.
  2. When your partner pulls the prank off on you, you're going to need to do some decent acting to pretend that you are not only surprised by their actions but that you are incredibly pissed off at their prank. Make lots of noise, you're going to have to sell that you've pretty much lost it.
  3. Now, depending on how far you want to take this, you either pull out your fake knife, your fist, or some other "weapon" you can use to pretend to strike your partner with. Your partner then needs to fake being cut, knocked out, or whatever else he/she needs to do to make your actions believable.

Result:

It should be pretty obvious what happens next. Either you get fired, sued, or your prank danced between being "too" real and funny. Because you are basically doing a prank of a prank, you should be able to pull this off on April Fool's Day because people will expect the first prank done by your partner but won't expect your reaction (as long as you sell it).

Again, I stress that this is a very risky prank since office violence is a very serious matter and doing a prank that involves you pretending to attack a coworker can have serious implications. However, if you have a very relaxed work environment with a bunch of friends you can joke around with, it's up to you whether or not you think this prank is okay.

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