Hang in there, this game doesn't involve sorcery. But it does involve tricking your students and blowing their minds.
How to Play:
Tell your students to write down one thing they want to do before they die. Make sure they know it's very important to do everything you tell them, otherwise, it won't work.
Give them very specific directions on how to fold their paper up before they turn it in. (Not because it's important, but because it adds an element of mystery if you act like every little thing is hugely important) Collect all of the pieces of paper in a container.
- Do make sure your kids know that in order for you to focus, they're going to have to be absolutely silent.
- Don't play till the end or students will have an increased chance at figuring out what you've done to pull it off.
- Be mysterious. Part of the fun is that students get to see you in a way they never have before. Don't just quickly recite from memory word for word and take the intrigue out of it.
- Pair this game with Mind Reader
Now, tell the group you need complete silence. Now, tell someone they're thinking too loudly and it's disturbing your concentration. You want to keep the students as silent as possible so they don't form a think tank during your game.
Next, take a folded piece of paper out. Press it against your forehead. Make something up like, "Okay... I'm seeing green... and I smell Christmas... It's a forest.... But I sense danger and acorns... (Keep looking around like you're expecting someone to catch on) umm... did someone write that they wanted to hunt rabid squirrels."
Of course no one did. The students will look puzzled. You'll check the paper to see if you got it wrong. (READ IT AND MEMORIZE IT). Say something like, "Well, I was way off" and toss it away.
Grab the next piece of paper, press it against your forehead. And recite the words you just memorized from the last piece of paper. (If it said something like, "eat a five lb gummy bear" you can say something like, "I see something soft... and large... it should be furry but it isn't, it's like a firm gel... does someone here want to eat a 5 lb gummy bear?!"
Wait for a student to claim that they wrote that. Say, "awesome" or something. Then open the piece of paper and act like your double checking to make sure you were right. (READ AND MEMORIZE IT). Toss it to the side.
Grab a new piece of paper, put it against your forehead and with flair, mysteriously recite what you had just memorized.
You can repeat until you've gone through most of them. I like to say that we're running out of time and need to go on to the next game. Leave your students wanting more.