You might have seen this one before but the beauty of this prank is that it always works and you can vary a lot.
Faking an electrocution is great fun when prepared with commitment and anticipation of how to scare whom. However, there are a couple of rather serious notes on this one (and you know that we are actually not known for seriousness, but here it goes anyway):
1. NEVER, repeat: never do this with small children. There are many pranks where switching of your brain doesn’t make that much of a big difference but switching off your heart is just plain stupid, so don’t!
2. Make sure to know the electricity source is REALLY (and will remain) off or we’ll submit you to the Darwin Awards spot on.
Ok, that was that, here it goes.
Inviting someone to lend a hand or just stand by makes a big psychological difference with this prank. Bystanders might miss the point as they might be distracted the very moment when the shock factor should kick in.
Instead when asked to hold something for you, watch out for hidden sparks or some other nonsense that involves them, it will make them feel responsible, at least in parts. You could raise the attention by mentioning something like “I can’t really fix this while the juice is off, so I gotta be really very careful, please make sure nothing distracts me while performing the repair…”. Wow, now you really got them feel your breath!
Nice as well if close relatives are to be pranked. Grandma’s are popular, your own wife (if you always wanted to spend a couple of nights on the sofa, c’mon, it’s like camping anyway and you get to zap into the shows your girl never wants to watch with you), a close friend or colleague, sisters (brothers tend to pay back in black-eye-currency). Again: NO LITTLE KIDS! A 15 year old son though makes a great prank partner or victim. Either way you’ll provide them with a story for life!
The location and situation is fairly flexible with this prank. Repairing something gives you the opportunity to prep it prior to the action. Workplaces are quite good as well, especially if you have some buddies playing along or scaling up the whole thing. With some significant team effort you could scare a whole crowd on a corporate event or while launching a new machine line. Media being present would definitively be a plus. Otherwise you’d have to arrange for some camera installations yourself.
Spicing this prank up should be great fun really. Foam from the mouth makes sense, some smoke crawling up from underneath your clothes would make a lasting impression too. Unbeatable would be a combination of you being (fake) electrocuted and some flickering lights at the other end of the room or immediate knock-out of the stereo or TV set.
You’d have to be creative how to pull this off but as you have found the way into this website, we are not concerned about your creative potential.