Games for Youth Groups 1000 Games for Youth Groups

The black hand game

Time: approx. 3-5 minutes
Recommended age: from 10
Size of group: 2 performers
Time for preparation: none, only 10-15 minutes to train the sketch
Material: bed, chair, note

Game description

Here are a few scenes which you can only play at twilight or in the dwindling light of the camp fire.

Players: The threatened man and the strange man.
Location: A room with a bed and a stool in semi darkness.

1. Scene
A man enters the room. He is tired. He cannot stop yawning, he undresses himself and goes to bed. He falls asleep straight away and starts to snore. Then a strange man comes in, he is creeping very carefully. The strange man pulls a note out of his pocket and places it on the sleeping man’s stomach. Then he disappears without a word. The sleeper wakes up soon afterwards. He finds the note, stands up and walks towards the light of the fire and reads out loud what is written on the note: "You only have three days to live, black hand!" The threatened man is enraged. He wrings his hands. Then he looks in every corner and under the bed etc. He then pulls his clothes on and goes away. A narrator says; "One evening later!"

2. Scene
The threatened man comes along again. He is tired and yawning again. Before he lies down, he checks everywhere to see if someone is hiding. The first repeats itself. The strange man appears with a note once again etc. The threatened man reads out: "You only have another 2 days to live, black hand." The first scene is repeated and the narrator says: "And another evening later."

3. Scene
Everything in scenes 1 & 2 is repeated. On the note, it is written: "You only have one more day to live. Black hand." Everything is repeated like before. The narrator says: "Another day later."

4. Scene
Everything is repeated once again but the threatened man checks more thoroughly before he goes to bed. The strange man appears again. He has a knife in one hand and a note in the other. He places the note down and disappears silently. The threatened man wakes up, grabs the note and reads:

"Wash your hands thoroughly with soap, then you won’t have to fear the black hand again."


no scoring

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