Killer Wink with Playing Cards

Type of Initiative:  Time Filler

Source:  Playing With A Full Deck, by Michelle Cummings

Group Size:  Best played with 6 or more players.

Props Needed:  playing cards, one per participant

Setting up the cards:  This is an age old party game.  You will use playing cards to determine who is the ‘killer.’  You will need one card per person, with one Ace card as one of the cards.

Playing the Game:  Invite your participants to sit or stand in a circle.  Hand each participant a card and ask them to look at it but not show it to anyone.  If someone receives the Ace, he/she is the killer for that round.  The object is for the killer to catch someone’s eye and wink at them.  The leader starts the game by saying, “Go!”.  Participants mingle around the play area trying to find the killer.  The killer tries to kill everyone by carefully winking at a person when he has their eye contact.  He does not want anyone else to see him wink.  If a player is winked at, he does a great theatrical death scene within 5 seconds of being winked at.  If someone thinks he knows who the killer is, he points at him/her and says, “I accuse _____Ashley____!”  If he is correct, he wins and the game is over.  Otherwise, both he and Ashley are dead. 

Debriefing Topics:

  • What made this activity fun?
  • Did everyone play fair?  How does playing fair make activities more enjoyable?

Learning styles utilized from the 7 Kinds of Smart: ~people smart, body smart

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