To set up this prank, a little advance planning is in order. Just like in all the good con-artist movies, This prank is all about subtly, misdirection and letting your mark convince themselves. This prank is best played on children, due to their more trusting nature and ability to believe in things like "Chemical X". All though with enough back story this could work on anyone slightly gullible. I chose my daughter Zoe as she brought up April fool's day last week. I told her she could prank someone as long as it wasn't hurtful. A little trickery is fine as long as everyone has a good laugh in the end.
Concept - The basic idea for the prank is to plant seeds with your mark in a seed tray. Together you then douse the plants with the Mysterious chemical X. When they go to sleep that night, swap the tray for one you have prepared that looks like its has miniature growing vegetables in it. In the morning wake them up early, its best if they are a little sleepy. Let them discover the plants and the veggies that have grown. Watch for the bugged out eyes and delighted smiles. Pluck one out, and take a bite. If you don't think they will freak out too much, pretend to gag a little and then say "April Fool's".
Advance Set-up - The set-up works best if you let them over hear a day or two in advance a conversation about the chemical with an accomplice. Mention things like "Remember when the army came out with that "chemical X stuff" in the 60's, and how it grew vegetables over night. But, then it was banned because the run-off was killing fish in near by streams and lakes. Try to be casual about it, but make sure to drop the bomb that it turns out it can be made with house hold chemicals." Wait for the questions to ensue, and have some good answers ready.
Follow through - A day or two later, plant your seeds with your mark. Wait for them to bring up the chemical X, if they don't you will have to. It works so much better if they bring it up, as you can suddenly whip out your prepared bottle of chemical X and say something witty like, "its funny you should bring that up!" Either way, they will be intrigued. Have them apply the chemicals to the planted seeds, give them safety glasses and gloves for authenticity.
April Fool's - Be excited in the morning when your mark discovers the veggies. Act astonished, claiming you didn't think it would really work, play it dead-pan and they won't even see it coming when you say, "April Fool's". Later that night for dinner, you can even cook up your miniature veggies for dinner, awesome!
The next few pages go into detail, with lots of pictures, and video of the prep, the prank, and reaction videos of the April fool's day reveal, enjoy.
Step 1: What you need,
- 2 identical Green house type growing trays or flower pots perhaps
- Various seeds
- Seedling growing medium - aka dirt
- An assortment of plant clippings that look like young shoots
- Miniature type vegetables
- A small glass bottle
- Food coloring
- Spray bottle
- A small Spoon and a chop stick type item