Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, is a parlour game based on the idea of six degrees of separation. The idea is that any two people have six degrees of separation between them. This variation is a Hollywood buff game, to try and link Kevin Bacon to another actor, through roles they have played in six stages.
In 194 Kevin Bacon claimed that he had worked with everyone in Hollywood, or at least someone who had worked with them. Which lead to the phrase “Kevin Bacon is the Center of the Universe” Directly after this three Albright College students, Craig Fass, Brian Turtle, and Mike Ginelli came up with the game after watching “Footloose” and “The air up there”. They tried to work out how many movies Bacon had actually been in and worked out the game from there.
The Bacon number of an actor or actress is the number of degrees of separation he or she has from Bacon, as defined by the game. This is an application of the Erdős number concept to the Hollywood movie industry. The higher the Bacon number, the farther away from Kevin Bacon the actor is.
The computation of a Bacon number for actor X is a “shortest path” algorithm, applied to the co-stardom network:
Kevin Bacon himself has a Bacon number of 0.
Those actors who have worked directly with Kevin Bacon have a Bacon number of 1.
If the lowest Bacon number of any actor with whom X has appeared in any movie is N, X’s Bacon number is N+1.
Here is an example, using Elvis Presley:
Elvis Presley was in Change of Habit (1969) with Edward Asner
Edward Asner was in JFK (1991) with Kevin Bacon
Therefore, Asner has a Bacon number of 1, and Presley (who never appeared in a film with Bacon) has a Bacon number of 2.
Six degrees of separation is based on the concept of a shrinking world and I must say sometimes when I find out my cousin is friends with someone I met at a Newcastle writing even I put on then, it does feel that way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation
Try this online version of the game.http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/six-degrees-of-kevin-bacon/11/.The free write.
Use http://www.springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/charactergens.htm to generate a character and then pick another one and try and wok out how they are connected through degrees of separation and how they find that out.(15-20 minutes).
Write a poem about how you connect to someone where the connection surprises you, or on the rules of the Kevin Bacon game.(15-20 minutes).