After picking your 26)mark, whether for revenge or not, now you've just got to figure out what you're going to do. Whether you decide to turn all your target's clocks forward by two hours so they think they're crazy late for work or to set up a Craigslist “casual encounters” ad with their e-mail, it should fit their personality.
“Play on their 27)idiosyncrasies,” said Nyberg. “The more creative, the better for both parties.” But no matter what you do, Seidell advises to be careful not to take things too far like sending someone to the hospital, destroying property or trying to 28)pull off something that will get you locked up in jail for a night.
“I think I'd 29)draw the line at a broken toe. And if your prank goes really, really wrong you should just lie and say you had nothing to do with it. Then flee the country,” Seidell said. With any luck, your prank will go off 30)without a hitch, making it important that you're there for the reaction, otherwise, you'll be missing your reward.
“Even 31)unoriginal little pranks can be a lot of fun to watch if the reaction is great,” Seidell said. “Make sure you thank the mark for being 32)a good sport,” recommended Nyberg. “Again, the goal should be that both parties find humor in the prank.”
Finally, if you find yourself the target of a practical joke this April Fools' Day, be sure to enjoy it. “Compliment the 33)prankster,” said Nyberg, who even suggested sending a thank you note. “Include a gift card to a local restaurant,” he suggested. “The card, marked with a monetary amount, say $50, has been used except for $1.”
“Of course, the recipient won't know this until they try to pay for their meal with it.”