XVR27's Whose Improv Is It Anyway? Page - Magic Eight Ball
Whose Improv Is It Anyway? : On-The-Spot Satire
Game Description : Magic Eight Ball
Game Title : Magic Eight Ball
Game Category : Prop
- Game Author : Russell Weiser
Number Of People : 2-4 (2-4 actors)
Difficulty Rating : *** (Average - Props)
Time Estimate : 4 minutes
Items Necessary : Magic 8 Ball OR A container to pull slips of paper out of, 20 slips of paper, & a pen
Prompts Needed : Written prompts (20 - if not using Magic 8 Ball), Scenario (1)
- A scenario prompt should be selected for the actors that includes a crisis to avert, a disaster to deal with, or some sort of problem to solve.
- If a Magic 8 Ball IS available, preparation is complete - skip to the Procedure(s).
- If a Magic 8 Ball IS NOT handy, prepare 20 written prompts (to replace the Magic 8 Ball).
- The 20 written prompts should be written on equal-sized small slips of paper.
- The 20 written prompts should be the following...
- Concentrate and ask again
- The actors should act out the scenario prompt.
- Each time an actor has to take an action, they should ask out loud ("Should I ...?") and then check the Magic 8 Ball (or the containe of written prompts) to find out if they should.
- If the response says that they should do it, they do it.
- If the response says that they shouldn't do it, they pick a different action and ask again.
- If the response does not give a clear "yes" or "no" answer, they pick a different action and ask again.
- The same question may never be asked more than once per game.
- Each time the Magic 8 Ball (or the written prompts) are consulted, both the question and answer should be announced loud enough for the audience to hear.
- If the written prompts are being used, actors toss the prompts back into the container after they have used them (to be used again).
- The game is complete either when the time runs out or when the scenario is completed.
- Have more than one crisis to avert, disaster to deal with, or problem to solve at a time.
- Vary the number of actors.
- Assign character prompts to the actors.
- When using written prompts ...
- Do not put them back into the container, limiting you to 20 questions.
- Pull out 2 answers for each question asked.
- Add in the following written prompts to the existing list (or make up some of your own)...
- Answers are only as good as the question - ask a better one.
- As long as the moon won't explode, then yes.
- Error. Need better input.
- I see no possible downside.
- It depemnds on your report card.
- It would destroy your printer.
- It's not as relaxing as it sounds.
- Not if something would get broken.
- Only if I can have some too.
- Ouch! Don't shake me so hard.
- Several of the voices in my head are doubtful.
- Tell that idea to your psychiatrist and see what they say.
- That question offends me!
- Very funny, now ask a real question.
- Voices in my head say to do it.
- You shouldn't - you'll get caught.
- You shouldn't ask that - it's not polite.
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