This, if well managed, is a very comical game. The players are arranged as in Fugleman, the player who enacts Simon standing in front.
He and all the other players clench their fists, keeping the thumb pointed upwards.
No player is to obey his commands unless prefaced with the words, “Simon says.”
Simon is himself subjected to the same rules.
The game commences by Simon commanding,—“Simon says, turn down:” on which he turns his thumbs downwards, followed by the other players.
He then says, “Simon says, turn up,” and brings his hands back again.
When he has done so several times, and thinks that the players are off their guard, he merely gives the word, “Turn up,” or “Turn down,” without moving his hands. Some one, if not all, is sure to obey the command, and is subject to a forfeit. Simon is also subject to a forfeit, if he tells his companions to turn down while the thumbs are already down, or vice versâ. With a sharp player enacting Simon, the game is very spirited.
Excerpt from the book:
EVERY BOY’S BOOK: A COMPLETE ENCYCLOPÆDIA OF SPORTS AND AMUSEMENTS.
EDITED BY EDMUND ROUTLEDGE.
With more than Six Hundred Illustrations
FROM ORIGINAL DESIGNS.
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