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Fortune Telling

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Fortune Teller must provide the person who is to have his or her fortune told with a piece of paper and a pencil and then proceed to say:

  1. Write “Yes” or “no.”
  2. “State a gentleman’s or a lady’s name.” (If a lady’s fortune is to be told she must write a gentleman’s name and vice versa.)
  3. “Give a number.”
  4. “Length of time.”
  5. “Yes or no.”
  6. “Yes or no.”
  7. “Yes or no.”
  8. “A color.”
  9. “A color.”
  10. “Yes or no.”
  11. “Yes or no.”
  12. “A shape.”
  13. “A measure.”
  14. “A sum of money.”
  15. “A sum of money.”
  16. “A virtue.”
  17. “A profession.”
  18. “The name of a place.”
  19. “A lady’s or gentleman’s name.”
  20. “The name of a place.”
  21. “A number.”
  22. “Yes or no.”
  23. “State a time.”

When these have all been written down, the Fortune Teller proceeds to read out the list of questions he has, with the answers corresponding in number. Below is appended the list of questions, which, of course, must not be shown to the person whose fortune is being told until he or she has written the answers.

  1. Have you a lover?
  2. What is his or her name?
  3. How old is he or she?
  4. How long have you known him or her?
  5. Does he or she know you love him or her?
  6. Is your affection returned?
  7. Have you or has he proposed?
  8. What color is his or her hair?
  9. What color are his or her eyes?
  10. Is he or she handsome?
  11. Is he or she conceited?
  12. What shape is his or her nose?
  13. What size is his or her mouth? `
  14. What is his or her fortune?
  15. How much will he or she allow you?
  16. What is his or her chief virtue?
  17. What is his or her profession?
  18. Where did you Both meet?
  19. What is your rival’s name?
  20. Where do you intend to live?
  21. How many other proposals have you had, or made?
  22. Will the marriage be a happy one?
  23. When will you be married?

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

The Forbidden Letter

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

The idea of this game is to try how many sentences can he spoken without containing a certain letter which has been agreed upon supposing, for instance, the letter “F” is not to be introduced, the first player might ask:

“Is this a new game to you?”

The second player could answer: “Oh, no! I played it years ago when quite a youngster.” He would perhaps turn to the third player, and ask: “You remember it, do you not?”

The third player might answer: “Yes, but we used to play it differently.”

This player, having used a word with an “F” in it, must pay a forfeit and remain out. The answers must be given at once, without hesitation, and the player who avoids for the greatest length of time using a word containing the forbidden letter wins the game.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

The Forbidden Vowels

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

The players seat themselves and are questioned by the leader of the game and must answer without bringing in a word containing a forbidden vowel. Say the vowel “a” is forbidden, the leader asks-

“Are you fond of playing the piano?”

The answer “Yes, very much,” would be correct as the words do not contain the letter “a.” But if the answer were “Yes, and I am fond of singing too,” the speaker would have to pay a forfeit Any vowel may be forbidden, or if the player choose to make the game very difficult, two vowels may be forbidden. Say “a” and “e” are forbidden, and the question is, “Will your father be late home?” “I do not know” would be a correct answer.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Guilty or Innocent

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

One of the company gets himself up to represent the old man of the woods, the rest take the names of various animals, such as lion, tiger, leopard and so on.

The players seat themselves round the room and the old man standing in the center tells them that some of their number have committed a crime and he is about to question them, in order that he may discover the guilty ones. He then begins – “Now. Mr. Lion, where have you been hunting, and what have you eaten today?” “I hunted in the forest and caught an antelope.” “Then you are twice guilty and must pay two forfeits,” says the old man; and the lion must pay his forfeit without being told the crime he has committed. The old man passes an to a Polar Bear. “Where did you hunt and what have you eaten?” he asks. “I hunted in the water and had a fine fish to eat.” The Polar Bear is pronounced innocent. The real game is that no animal may bring in the letter “o” either in their hunting ground or the food they eat. “Forest” and “Antelope” bath have an “o” in them, so the lion has to pay two forfeits whereas “Water” and “Fish” having no “o” the hear was declared innocent. The great fun is for the old man to keep the secret of “guilty” or “innocent” to himself ; but even if the other players know the secret, it is very difficult not to make a slip, as the answers must be given promptly.

When the game is over the players must pay for their forfeits in any way the old man decides.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain