The Body Language Game (Simple To Learn And Play)

The Body Language Game Simple To Learn And Play

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In this game, you will find a step-by-step system to read and decode body language.

We’ve created a game that can be played using a deck of cards and another player. You just need to have a standard deck of playing cards and that’s it, you’re good to go

The Game

The game is really simple. Have someone shuffle a deck of cards and ask them to think of any card in the deck. Now have them separate the cards into five equal piles. You ask them to go through each pile and pull one card from each pile including the thought of selection and place them on the table.

You are able to reveal the card they are thinking of without them ever saying a word.


  1. Pick up any one of the five packets. Spread the cards in your hands.
  2. If the card you are thinking of is among them, remove it and place it face down on the table.
  3. If it is not among them, remove any card and place it face down.
  4. Do this for each of the five packets.

You will then have five cards face down, one of which is your chosen card.

Do you understand?

The spectator performs the actions as instructed. The performer picks up the five cards, places them behind their back, and removes one card, and places it on the table.

The spectator names their selection, which is revealed on the tabled card.

How It works

You are looking for a discrepancy in their movement when they remove a card.

The game is designed to help you observe a spectator and notice how they remove cards. You are looking for the inconsistency in movement or the hesitation of the removal of a card in one of the packets.

Below, we’ll have a look at the final decision-making process and how it works.

The Instructions

How? This game is based on spotting inconsistencies in body language. The solution is that the spectator must perform similar action five times but only one of them will be different.

It’s this discrepant action that will invariably give the game away with his/her handling of the packet containing their thought of card or his/her handling of the selection.

Examples Of Body Language Shift To Note

After the above instruction are delivered and the spectator has begun to spread the cards, in each packet the spectator will behave in one of three ways:

They run through the entire packet, spreading the cards from hand to hand. Then, after looking through all the cards, they will remove one card.

They will spread the cards as in, however, they will stop somewhere in the spread and pull out a card.

They will fan all the cards first; then they will go back and remove a card.

The Shift In Body Language

As the spectator is spreading the card take note of their eye pupil size when they spot their card you should see the pupil expand this is called pupil dilation. The pupils will dilate as we spot something we like.

Pay attention to their face as they take a card out. Does it change? Do you notice a short smile or micro expression? Remember you are looking for a shift in behavior.

Is there a change in their body position? Have they moved closer to the table or further away from it? Have they shifted their body towards or away from any of the five cards?

How to Spread the Cards Out

This is where you will get a good read on a person playing the game with you. How they interact with the cards should give you clues to what card they are thinking of.

If they stopped spreading the cards because they saw his the card they were thinking off; therefore, it wasn’t necessary to spread anymore card they remove their card and place it down on the table.

If the spectator spreads all the cards in each packet before they place a card down you have to rely on any inconsistent actions or clues – we will look at how they place the card on the table below for more clues.

If the person you’re playing this game with fans the playing cards out and then removes one look for pupil dilation.

Some spectators exhibited an idiosyncratic behavior when they removed each card from the five respective packets take note of any shift or change in their behavior.

Some people always remove the four cards from the same place in each packet that is spread or fanned. It is worth noting if the cards are randomly removed from any position or the same location.

Remember that this is a game to hone your ability to spot inconsistencies in behavior and start building up your body language information.

Placing The Five Cards On The Table

It is important to remember where and how spectators place each card on the table

When placing their thought card on the table the movement will be more quickly than others.

They may place the thought of selection away from the cards.

They may also leave their hand on their selection longer than the rest.

They will move back in their chair in a more relaxed way.


This is a relatively simple game to play and for the person playing it, it seems impossible if they get it right. The thing we like about this body language game is it teaches you to read people in a different way. We can start to notice shifts in behavior in a non-threatening environment. At the very least when you play poker with them you can read their tells and hopefully win some cash. We hope this has been helpful in some way if you want to learn more about nonverbal communication please check out our other post here. Until next time stay safe…

Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor Body Language Expert