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  1. Participants are paired and face each other.
  2. One of each pair chooses to be the leader.
  3. The leader moves slowly, while the other person acts as a “reflection” and mirrors the movements.
  4. Then the leader switches.
  5. The leader works to make sure the follower can accurately follow their movements in real time.
  6. Because this game is about cooperation, you do not try to confuse or make the follower fail. At the same time you want to challenge your partner by moving your entire body and playing with tempo.
  7. Ideally, after a while, the participants should feel so connected that there is no longer a need for a leader, and they are simply moving as one.

VARIATIONS:


QUESTIONING: To add difficulty, form groups of three. While a pair is mirroring, the third asks random rapid-fire questions to the follower. They must answer the questions without losing concentration on the mirroring. If they don’t know the answer they must make one up.
GROUP MIRROR CHALLENGE: One person is outside the room. The rest stand in a circle facing the center. One person leads. All avoid looking directly at the leader, and instead, keep their eyes fixed on the person across the circle. Yet they are using their peripheral vision to watch the leader, or, if they can’t see the leader, are following someone else who is following. The outsider is called in and asked to guess who is the leader. If the group is doing a good job, their mirroring is so good, and their eye gaze is not looking at the leader, it is difficult to guess. The outsider is given three chances to guess the leader. If they can’t guess correctly, it’s declared a success and the group wins.

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