MAIN POINT: Trust and/or Things aren’t always what they seem.
For this up-front game, you need a blindfold and a 2×10 board at least 3 to 4 feet long – strong enough to support someone’s weight.
Have two informed strong leaders on either side of the board they are going to “lift” with someone standing on it. Have several informed ‘spotters’ as well that can catch them any way they would stumble. Then, select three players who don’t have a fear of heights and have them escorted out of the room.
Have your first player escorted back in. Tell them the object of this game is to see who can stand on the board longest as the guys lift it up a little at a time. This is a “test of bravery.” But assure them that they are going to have one (or both) hands on your shoulders as they are lifted up on the board. Now blindfold your victim. In actuality, the board holders aren’t going to lift the board more than six inches off the ground. By virtue of the person’s weight, they will naturally move and ‘shift’ the board a little. You (or the game leader) will begin to kneel down slowly till they almost can’t really touch your shoulders. At that point, the person really thinks they are going up in the air! Have your spotters play it up to the crowd and motion them to cheer and react as though the board is being lifted up high. Then have your two guys tip the board over so the person falls off. They think they’re falling 5 feet when it’s only 5″. Clap for that player, excuse them back to their seat, and go on to your next victim…er, player.
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Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.