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It's a knockout

Jun 15, 2017

It's A Knockout!

It's a knockout

Did you ever watch the hit TV show ‘It’s A Knockout’? You remember, that game show from the 70’s that was essentially sports day for grown-ups?   Contestants from the town rounded up and donned foam rubber suits and carry buckets of water over greasy poles, tried to reach a target while on a long piece of elastic or attempted to complete odd tasks in a swimming pool? It was a low budget game shoe bonanza, and it was wonderful. If you’re ever feeling nostalgic, fire it up on YouTube. But if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to play the real thing, you’re in luck, because It’s A Knockout is now a commercially available thing.


How Does It Work?

Since the show stopped airing in 2001 (after 35 years and 341 episodes), there has been an outcry of nostalgia hungry people yearning to try it for themselves. Especially since Total Wipeout – a higher budget show of the same premise, but centred mainly around giant assault courses - aired in 2009. So some adventurous entrepreneurs decided to revive the well loved game show, and make it available to hire for all. The It’s A Knockout team have been dedicated to recreating as much of the original experience as possible, but with a teensy bit more of a budget to play with. Here are just a few of the activities you can try out: 

  • All hands on deck
  • Bangers and crash
  • Build a burger
  • Crazy cucumber
  • Dizzy donuts
  • Giant obstacle course
  • Golden shot
  • Hats on
  • Perilous pendulum
  • Penguin pursuit
  • Medieval madness
  • Pizza run
  • Roman wreckers
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Slippery summit
  • Super suds 

If that hasn’t whetted your appetite, I don’t know what will! If that isn’t whacky enough, the companies that run these events also hire costumes (both inflatable and non-inflatable) for you to really feel the part.

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Do It The Spice Way

Of course, at Spice we don’t do things the normal way, so when we play competitive games, we go big or go home. Each and every one of our It’s A Knockout challenges days has brought out the very best in our competitive Spicer’s and we play as teams or individuals to win our own brand of prizes. All of our members have loved our It’s A Knockout experiences, for the nostalgia and the fun of trying to assembled a giant foam hamburger in 60 seconds. We regularly join in on pre-planned days or throw our own Spice It’s A Knockout days for our members, so if you’re interested, here are a few of the upcoming opportunities for you to try It’s A Knockout yourself.


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