No leprechaun willingly gives up his crock of gold, but if you come across one, you may well be in luck. If you keep your wits, you may learn the location of his secret hoard and become rich.
If you fail, though, be warned—the leprechaun may well have his revenge.
- Wander around the countryside (in Ireland for best results). It helps to be alone, but no matter what, do not expect to find a leprechaun. It is when you are least expecting it that you will stumble upon one.
- Choose your approach. Extortion is the traditional method. For the hands-on technique, catch him by the neck and give a little squeeze. Whatever you do, do not look away, because the moment you take your eyes off him, the leprechaun will disappear.
- Once you have him in your grasp, you are in a position to have a polite—or not so polite—conversation. Start off by asking him where he keeps his crock—or pot—of gold. Do not be surprised when he does not tell you, and instead attempts to use cunning tricks to escape.
- Do not be fooled if he tells you, “It’s over there,” and points. (Do not look where he points.) Do not look behind you if he tells you there’s something behind your back. This may include your house (or any other local building) that may or may not be on fire, a boat full of good-looking men or women, or even one or more attackers who are coming to cut your neck from behind.