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Secret Identity

Relaxing games Icebreaker games


Instructions

Have everyone secretly write down the name of a person on a small piece of paper or a "post-it" note. It has to be a person that everyone in the room would know about - a famous historical figure, an actor or sports celebrity, a politician, etc. Then have them tape the name on the back of the person on their left.

Everyone goes around and asks people yes or no questions about who is on their back. They can only ask each person one question. The person who can do it in the least number of questions wins.



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Materials Needed

paper, sticky tape, pens

Submitted by Joel on 08 Jul 2008

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I used this game for my youth group ages (13-19) and it worked great, they loved it. Thanks for the add shorty
Posted by Steven on October 22, 2008 at 11:57 am
My youth group did this before and we had a blast
Posted by Lela on May 15, 2009 at 8:28 am
I regularly play this game with my extended family and friends - from 20 year olds to 50 + . We love it. Ha ha!
Posted by Giles on June 18, 2009 at 3:51 am
I have played this game when i was in middle school high school and in college and it never seemed too childish for me and the groups i was in.
Posted by Casey on November 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm
I love this game and its fun to play at baby showers!!!!!!!
Posted by Braysha on May 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm
I think it's amazing, i just might use it tonight <3
Posted by Lauren on May 14, 2011 at 5:13 am
I am a lance- corporal at a Boys Brigade and Girls Association and they loved this as did myself and my friends when we played it around a campfire and we are all late teens and early 20s it was a great success so thanks for the idea. xx
Posted by charlie on May 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm
GENIUS
Posted by Josh on September 29, 2011 at 9:27 am
Is this game too complicated for 10 and 11 year olds?
Posted by on October 3, 2011 at 4:31 am
we played this years ago with a group of young professionals and everyone had a great time. i'm planning a camp in a few weeks for teens and this one is on my list.

Thanks!
Posted by yulee on October 3, 2011 at 9:27 am
I love it..!!
Posted by NICHOLAS OTIENO on October 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm
weeeeeeee this game is the best game ever weeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Yolanda Fat Pumperpickel on December 4, 2011 at 8:11 am
nice game
Posted by neeli on March 14, 2012 at 2:44 am
I'm a Youth leader, and the thing our youth love doing the most is doing silly, childish things. We do this, but write down lots of names beforehand and everybody gets one, such a great ice breaker! When we have kids mixed in it doesn't work because they cheat. We also love to play epic musical chairs, extreme hide and seek, and tip: with parental permission, most youth have always wanted to either be pied in the face with a cream pie, or be the one to slam it in someones face! Haha. Our favorite game other than sock wrestling!!
Posted by Kimberly on June 9, 2012 at 7:47 am
I think any idea to bring fun to the youth is a great idea. If you all don't have anything nice to say about the things posted, maybe you should take your mouse, move it to the top right corner of the screen and X out of the window. Really sad when people can't help to improve in a decent manner. Oh and by the way I plan on using this idea with my Youth this Friday. Be blessed all who work with the Youth.
Posted by Sharnese on July 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm
Kimberly....are your suggestions on here as ice breakers? if not could u let me know where to find them!?
Posted by Isabel on August 3, 2012 at 2:06 am
Fun Game!
Posted by Mr Wonderful. on September 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm
I work with large groups of kids and another way we have played this game with the younger kids since some of them struggle with reading is to print off pictures of characters (i.e. spongebob, superman, sandy etc.) and tape the pictures to their backs...they loved it! I agree with Kimberly, kids love the silliest things..they also love the messiest! We played a game called "cheese face" where everyone finds a partner (best to be played outside or over a tarp). You can either choose to have one partner receive a plate full of whip cream to the face or both...you then have either the other partner or have both partners take turns in throwing cheese puffs from a certain distance away from their partner and try to get it to stick to their partners face.. This can be really difficult to do but its fun and messy! We did end up giving them marshmallows to throw too since those were easier to stick to the other persons face. You can award 1 point for every marshmallow and 3 or 5 points for every cheese puff if you are looking to have a winner but this game is so fun that isn't even necessary!
Posted by Nicole on September 10, 2012 at 2:07 am
What a game I love it.
Posted by on September 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm
I used this game and the kids really enjoyed it.

We followed up with a meaningful discussion of whether being famous makes you a happier person. The kids agreed that there are a lot of unhappy famous people. We also saw that people who are famous for doing good works such as MLK and mother Theresa never really cared about being famous but became famous because they were passionate about caring for others. These were 7th and 8th graders, so I was impressed with the thoughtfulness.
Posted by Jay on October 12, 2012 at 3:11 am
I liked this activity very much. Will try this with a 60-member group. Will post the feedback after i am done with it.

Rakesh
India
Posted by Rakesh on January 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm
i am going to do this tomorrow thanks for posting this i am sure this will be fun
Posted by Nelly on January 11, 2013 at 10:56 am
Very Very Nice...let the creativity flow
Posted by michael on February 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm
this is cool
Posted by on June 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm
we also do this by sticking it to the person's forehead
Posted by megz on September 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm
they sell this games in stores now, its called headbands
Posted by YP on September 17, 2013 at 3:57 am
I played this game with my youth group a month ago, but instead of having the students write down names of famous people, I wrote the names of Bible characters on name tags that we then stuck to the back of each student. Then they had to ask yes/no questions about the character to learn which Bible character they got.

Some who got particularly desperate took to asking the letters of the alphabet to find out which letter the name started with. I didn't limit them to a time or how many questions they could ask but let them keep asking until they figured out who their person was.

The game was a big success in getting people to mingle, helping them lose some of that excess energy in order to be able to listen to the lesson, and in challenging them to think about the Bible in advance of the lesson, which came next.
Posted by Vicki on February 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm

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