Improv Walk of Trust

Person in the middle will walk across the circle with his eyes closed

I did this little warm-up game at my improv class recently, and it was a trip! I am writing it down so that you can try it out as well. It doesn’t seem much when you read it, but trust me, you need to experience this to know what it actually feels like.

Rules of the Game

  1. With a group of 10 to 20 people, form a large, even circle.
  2. One person, the walker, will go in the middle of the circle.
  3. Let’s say you’re the walker. You will then start walking across the circle with your eyes closed.
  4. When you get to the edge of the circle, the people forming the circle will stop you by gently putting their hands on your shoulders, turn you around, and push you back towards the center.
  5. You will then start walking again till you get stopped by another person on the edge of the circle.
  6. Keep walking around until you’ve been turned around 6 to 8 times.
  7. If you’re walking towards two people, one of them will need to center themselves to guide you. We should only have one person pushing you back.
  8. Our responsibility is to help each other gently.

Tips for the Walker

  • Try not to estimate where you are — we are hardwired to underestimate.
  • Put your hands behind your back or on your sides so that your arms don’t swing and hit someone as you’re walking.
  • Walk normally by taking normal-sized steps.
  • You’ll feel fear like you’re going to die, but the worst that could happen is you bump into a wall. (And that didn’t happen with all the 16 people that played this game in my class.)

Enjoy and let me know how you felt afterwards!