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Deploying The Singing Desk Prank

In my last post, I walked you through the first steps of this trick. Now we’re going to move on to the stage where you’ll put your device in place and make your victim’s desk sing.

At the point we left things after the first post, you should have something that looks roughly like this:

You’ve carefully cut your card down, avoiding cutting too close to the sound device. Leaving a long tab from the front of the card gives you a place to connect your rubber bands. The bands will help trigger the card’s sound device every time the drawer opens.

It may be tempting to remove the entire card, leaving just the sound device. I don’t recommend that. The card you leave over the noisy bits helps protect them when you transport it to the office. In addition, the little thing that makes the sound is just a little bundle of wires, batteries and stuff that could, at first glance, look pretty nasty. Leaving some card in place minimizes the nasty.

Here’s the device in place:

Put it lower than the drawer. On the part of the desk a person’s knees face while sitting at the desk.
Do you know what the part of the desk your knees face is called? It is a modesty panel. You’re welcome.

Putting the device a little lower on the modesty panel limits the amount the drawer has to be pulled out to activate the card. Attatch the bands to the back of the drawer like this:

Here is a picture of what the desk looks like to your unsuspecting victim. As you can see, there’s nothing to give it away until the desk starts singing:

I should correct myself. This is what your victim would see, if your victim has dirty carpet and keeps extra boots under his desk.

Think about dirty carpet and extra boots. Now think about what that says about how far I will go to get a cheap laugh.

Anyhow, my victim got a big laugh out of this. He has set his sights on someone else as the culprit. That person had perhaps a tenth of the opportunity to pull this off that I did. When the card scraps were discovered at someone else’s desk, my victim decided that meant his suspect was trying to throw him off.

Here’s the video of how the device operates – before the installation and after. Enjoy, and good luck with your prank!

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20 Comments on “Deploying The Singing Desk Prank”

  1. If Martha Stewart and Carrot Top had a child (pausing to allow that imagery to settle in) . . . . , you would be the best candidate to be its godfather.

  2. Debbie says:

    Oh, this is too much fun — too bad I don’t work in an office setting any more (one of the perks of working for myself!). I’d be totally game to give this a try!

  3. Betty says:

    I think Sharon Stone could have used a modesty panel.

    • omawarisan says:

      Yes she could. And the next time you have a few drinks and talk office furniture, you’ll drop that modesty panel gem into the conversation and turn heads.

  4. We Found Him Captain! says:

    Very well done. You little devil you! If Gooma No-kell and Idi Amin had a child. He would be just like you.

  5. Katybeth says:

    This is really very clever! I especially like the idea of framing someone else.

  6. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Masterful! Brilliant! I imagine this got him to stop singing for awhile, however, I can imagine another use for that nice duct tape.

  7. Wendy says:

    It is heart-warming to see someone sublimate their evil genius to create good for (most of) mankind. Sir, you inspire me! (Particularly because we have someone on vacation this week, and this just screams “Welcome back!”)

    • omawarisan says:

      Thank you. And congratulations on recognizing that vacation provides time for an un rushed installation.

      A little extra tip. If your card does not close and shut off when the drawer closes, put extra duct tape out at the end of the card, the extra weight will solve the problem.

  8. Wendi says:

    You evil genius.

  9. Lenore Diane says:

    McGyver would be impressed. I know I’m impressed.

  10. […] it? Blogsitting. Dogsitting? I know, I know. It lacks the creativity and ingenuity of a singing desk prank . I’ll give you […]


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