Seven minutes in heaven

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This article is about the game. For the film, see Seven Minutes in Heaven (film). For the play, see Seven Minutes in Heaven (play).

Seven minutes in heaven is a teenagers' party game first recorded as being played in Cincinnati in the early 1950s.[1] Two people are selected to go into a closet or other dark enclosed space and do whatever they like for seven minutes.[1] It is common for the participants to kiss, but participants may instead choose to talk, engage in some other (usually quiet) activity, or do nothing at all. Variations on the game expand the time allowed to any reasonable short period up to 5 hours.[2] The participants can be selected by various methods, such as spinning a bottle, or drawing lots. Limits are established either before the game or by the two participants once alone.[citation needed]

In 2011, Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien introduced a comedy routine called "7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien", wherein he interviews celebrities in a closet and closes by trying to kiss the celebrity.[3]


  1. ^ a b "New Game Called '7 Minutes in Heaven'". Jet: 22. 6 August 1953. 
  2. ^ Keegan, Andrew; Canfield, Jack; Hansen, Mark Victor; Kirberger, Kimberly (1998). "Seven Minutes in Heaven". Chicken soup for the teenage soul II: 101 more games of life, love, and learning. HCI Teens. ISBN 1-55874-616-1. 
  3. ^ Matheson, Whitney (1 August 2011). "Watch stars talk (not make out) on '7 Minutes in Heaven'". USA Today.