Silent charades has been around for years and it is a favorite device of Hollywood to include in movies. Possibly one of the most famous Hollywood personalities to engage in silent charades was Harpo Marx of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team. Harpo never spoke so he could only communicate using charades. Because of their comedic genius the Marx Brothers took the concept of charades to strange and hilarious places that most people would never have thought of. If you really want to see a version of extreme silent charades I invite you to watch any Marx Brothers’ movie and watch Harpo in action. You will not be disappointed.
Charades has developed its own list of hand signals that any player needs to be familiar with in order to be successful playing the game. The beauty of silent charades is that it has planted itself so deep into our society that many of the clues for charades are already part of our everyday life. For instance the charade signal for a movie is to pretend to be cranking an old time movie camera which is a hand gesture that everyone is familiar with. Pointing to your wrist as thought you were pointing to a watch to indicate time is also another common silent charade clue that most everyone knows. Tapping a number of fingers on your forearm to indicate the number of syllables in a word is also a very common silent charades clue that most everyone is familiar with.
Silent charades is a very popular party game that seems to have gone beyond the boundaries of being a simple game and has become an icon of our culture. So next time someone points at their wrist to indicate something to you you can use your knowledge of charades to give that person the time of day.