Hypnosis

(the one where players lead each other around by the face)

In this warm-up, one player leads another around the room by holding their open palm six inches in front of the partner’s face. As the leader moves her hand, the follower has to match the angle and height and everything else, adjusting as necessary to keep the face and the hand in perfect alignment. The leader can challenge the follower to change levels and rhythm of movement, to play with balance, etc.

(aka: Colombian Hypnosis)

 
 

Pro tips:

  • Stuff about balance and minimal effort that Chris Johnston talkes about in House of Games.
 

Alternate Versions:

  • The player in the middle can also call out TRAINWRECK!, at which point everyone in the circle has to switch to a new chair. This is useful for relieving the pressure of coming up with new truths every time.
  • You can play the Never Have I Ever version of this game with the player in the middle saying something that is NOT TRUE about themselves. Players that have done that thing all switch places.
  • In a version called Fruit Bowl, instead of saying true things, each player has been assigned a fruit, so when the person in the middle calls “Strawberry” then all the strawberry players have to switch places. If FRUITBOWL is called, everyone switches places. This allows you to play the fun switching aspect of the game without having to come up with new criteria every time. Good for kids or as a simple icebreaker.
  • For a less competitive and more inclusive version of this game, check out Come Over Here.

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