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How To Cry Convincingly on Stage

Knowing a few tricks of the trade will help you cry at the drop of a hat.


  • Step 1: Think of something sad Before relying on any gimmicks, test your acting skills by thinking of something really, really sad. Any tears?
  • Step 2: Stop blinking OK, so you’re no Laurence Olivier or Meryl Streep. Try this--moments before you need to cry, open your eyes just a bit wider than usual and stop blinking. Soon the tears that hydrate your eyes when you blink should start trickling out.
  • Step 3: Stare into a bright light You could irritate your eyes further by staring into a bright light for a few seconds.
  • Step 4: Get minty Here’s a trick you can prepare ahead. Put a little peppermint oil on a finger and, when the time comes to cry, discreetly rub it just below your eye. The fumes will get the tears flowing--just wipe off the oil when you’re done!
  • : Test a little oil on your skin to make sure you’re not allergic--and avoid getting it into your eyes!
  • Step 5: Try Olbas oil Another tearjerker is oil of Olbas. Pour some on a handkerchief and inhale deeply before you need to bawl. Find it at health food stores.
  • Step 6: Stick it Steal Hollywood’s trick--buy a professional 'tear stick.' It’s a piece of menthol with a hole in the middle; have someone blow it right into your eyeballs when you need a good cry.
  • FACT: Ilker Yilmaz of Turkey holds a world record for being able to snort milk up his nose and squirt it from a tear duct in his eye.

You Will Need

  • A sad memory
  • Discipline not to blink
  • A bright light
  • Peppermint oil
  • Oil of Olbas
  • A tear stick

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