It's been confirmed that the Jellybean Mystery doesn't ALWAYS work. Which is kind of great, because it illustrates that there isn't anything that MAKES it work, ever. It just usually does.
Maybe it was the youngsters, maybe it was the wine, it could have been my logistics or just the atmosphere. But it was a good scenario for a failure, nobody even realized it was anything but a jellybean contest like any other. I was looking forward to discussing some cosmology and philosophy, and that didn't happen, but I'm even more determined to figure out where to do the next one. I'm pretty close to setting up a table in the park or something. Details will be posted.