Bizarre Victorian Parlor Games

Mar 1, 2023 MY Blog

Having explored many rarity books on Victorian parlor games, searching for appropriate party game thoughts for my youngsters, I consistently run over games that appear to be peculiar. The accompanying games are an example of those Victorian parlor games that have security issues, show up pointlessly humiliating to the members or have other uncommon qualities by the present norms.

Unfortunate Feline

The main game, “Unfortunate Feline”, would go under the general heading, today, of “humiliating yourself”. To be sure there are numerous instances of these kinds of games, which today just the exceptionally youthful would play, by which the primary object of the game (action) is to act in a profoundly surprising way for the entertainment of the party. In Victorian times these ‘humiliating’ games were consistently played by grown-ups (both youthful and old).

The real round of Unfortunate Feline is played by choosing one individual from the gathering to be the Unfortunate Feline. The chose individual, assuming the Feline’s part, then, at that point, circumvents the room down on the ground murmuring and scouring toward individuals, very much like a feline. The fundamental objective of different ‘players’ is to stir up the Feline and utter the expression “Unfortunate Feline”, keeping an emotionless expression constantly. Would it be advisable for one of the party, stroking the Feline, grin or giggle then they would assume the ‘Felines’ position and the game proceeds.

Snap Winged serpent

This Victorian parlor game, generally played in the cold weather months particularly around Christmas, embodies the ‘Hazardous’ classification of peculiar parlor games. The game is sufficiently basic to play in that raisons are put in Cognac which is then set ablaze and the party visitors need to cull out a raison and pop it in their mouth. For extra ‘influence’ this game is played in an obscured space to give the people an evil appearance as blazes come from their fingers and mouth. The raison is ‘quenched’ when it is in a shut mouth in spite of the fact that there are reports of consuming to both the fingers and face of those playing. The following are a couple of lines from a well known melody (intended to be sung while playing the game), which further show the experience¬†betflik and “tomfoolery” which can had with this basic game:-

With his blue and lapping tongue

Large numbers of you will be stung,

Clip! Snap! Winged serpent!

For he rages at all that comes

Grabbing at his dining experience of plums,

Clip! Snap! Winged serpent!

Could it be said that you are there, Moriarty?

The last game on my rundown of unusual Victorian parlor games embodies the fighting exercises that so many of the youthful Victorian guys went into to dazzle young ladies at parties (a few things won’t ever change!). I have run over different renditions of this specific game, likewise called “Blind Man’s Biff” as well as games with a little variety which additionally elaborate men hitting each other with moved up papers or pads.

The game “Are you there, Moriarty?” is played as follows. Two individuals (generally guys) lay face down on the floor inverse one another (extended in a way their feet are as distant from one another as could be expected). They then hold each other’s left hand, which is outstretched with the goal that they move their heads as distant from one another as could really be expected. The players are then surrendered an irritated paper, which they hold in their right hand. One of the players then, at that point, poses the inquiry “Are you there Moriarty?” to which his adversary answers ‘Yes”. On hearing the reaction and involving the vocal prompt as a marker with regards to the whereabouts of his adversary’s head, the primary player then endeavors to hit his rival on the head. This activity is then rehashed with the jobs switched, so the hitting substitutes. As noted, in a considerable lot of the reviews I have found out about this kind of game, the action is played something else for the entertainment of the crowd as opposed to as a donning challenge for the members.