Sightless Slapsie

Slapsie variation by Mary Flanagan

You, of course, know the game, called variously Slapsie, Slapps, Slap, Red Hands, Hot Hands? You know, the game the Ghastly Games collectors describe thus:

A ‘back of the classroom’ game. Two people put their palms together horizontally, fingertips touching. In turn one person would try to slap their opponents hands before they could move them out of the way. If they missed there opponent would have a go. You could also ‘twitch’ and try to get your opponent to move their hands before you did. If they did you got a free slap.

Once a persons hands were sufficiently red they were deemed to have lost. Bullies always cheated. Wearing rings was generally not allowed.

The more lethal option was Knuckles.

Alternate rules: Two player game: players hold hands flat in front of each other one with palms up and the other with palms down the person with palms up has their hands underneath the other player this person take five turns trying to slap the other persons hands before they move them then they switch.

(ed: and then again there’s this offering:)

Thought you might be interested to know that we played the Free Slap rule in Slapsies gaining a free slap if your opponent flinched three times.

Contributor plays slapsies with the cat but he doesn’t understand all the rules.

Yes, the same game for which I, as is my wont, mused upon the potential merriment one could derive from the three-or-more person variations.

Today, it is my vast pleasure to share yet another variation, introduced to the world by Mary, no less, Flanagan: sightless slapsie, the audience game Mary introduced at a recent conference.

Sightless Slapsie only starts in the Slapsie configuration (one player has hands on top, palms-down, the other hands on bottom, facing up). From there, it becomes more of a hand-clapping game. Both players, with eyes closed, simultaneously change the positions of their hands, flipping their hands from palm-up to palm-down, and vice versa, hoping that somehow they’ll be able to find and then clap each other’s palms.

No pain. No competition. Just fun.

She informs me that she also envisions her variation played as a mass-multiplayer frolic, similar to my above mentioned three-or-more person variation, only, obviously, more varied.


  1. Lily on July 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Blind slapsies. Ooh, imagine the trust you’d need to have in your oponnent. Mind you, it might actually make the game easier, not waiting for the delayed reaction of what your sight tells you.

    Mayhem, yes.

    Love and laughter,

  2. Mary Flanagan on July 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Ha! Great article. Yes, Lily– I fully agree. TRUST is really a part of this if players are challenging themselves. Last time I played, players began to challenge themselves on just how cooperative they could get. Competing to cooperate — my kind of game!! This game and so many others, of course, are inspired by BERNIE~

    • Bernie DeKoven on July 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Inspired, perhaps, but taken to a new level of fine fun by no less than much appreciated you.

  3. Bernie DeKoven on April 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Yet another insight into the deeper truths of Slapsie as revealed in this 2006 ad for Mountain Dew

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