Place item was collected
Logan, UT. Utah State University
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
I was born in 1997 (20 years old) in Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia. I moved to Melbourne, Australia when I was ten years old. I now live in Logan, Utah, USA. I attend Utah State University and I play on the USU Women's Basketball Team. I am studying exercise science with a minor in psychology. I love hanging out with my friends and playing card games, doing trivia or telling riddles.
I collected this folklore in Logan, Utah but I first found out about this game/riddle about four years ago when I was travelling to a basketball tournament with a lot of other basketball players from all over the state. We played this game on the bus while we were travelling from Melbourne to Sydney which is about a 12 hour drive. This game is really fun whether you play it with a big group or a small one but if people find out how the game works then it gets ruined. you can really only play this game with people that have never played it before.
The game "Black Magic" is kind of a riddle game where you and someone else
make the rest of the group think that you can basically read each others minds.
so... you need two people who know how the game works to be the ones that trick
the others, one of them has to be the guesser and the other one is choosing the
items to guess. The person who is the guesser must leave the room, once they
have left the group must come to an agreement on which item in the room the
guesser is going to try and guess. Once that has happened and everyone knows
the item, the guesser can reenter the room. Now, here's why it's called "Black
Magic" and why it gets ruined as soon as people realise what's up. The person that
chose the item to guess can point to any object in the room and ask "is it this?" but
as soon as they pick a black object... the object AFTER the black object is always
the item that the group picked! It takes a long time for people to figure it out. The
first time I saw it being played I was mind blown hahaha!
I get pretty excited talking about this game because its so fun whether you know how it works or not. It's funny to watch other people be super confused and try to figure it out. You can hear the excitement in my voice when I'm trying to play or when I'm explaining the game.
Dr. Lynne S. McNeill
Semester and year
G6: Socializing Games
Brewster, Rachel, "Black Magic" (2017). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 24.