Use at your own risk. :)
Step 1: Choose Your Target
The first step in any Tickle Torture Sneak Attack (TTSA) is to locate a suitable target. Ideally, your target will:
Be well known. TTSAs are not for people you are not well familiar with. Family and close friends are best.
Have a good sense of humor. People with little to no sense of humor are not fun to tickle.
Be in a grumpy mood, but not TOO grumpy. TTSAs are an excellent way to improve the mood of a family member or close friend, but can also worsen a bad day for those who are simply not in the mood. Use your best judgment.
Be unaware of your plans / Be distracted by another task. This greatly simplifies the planning and execution of a TTSA.
Step 2: Planning Your Moment
All TTSA’s should be undertaken when the target is unaware of your plans. The target not knowing you are there (an attack from behind) is ideal, as long as the target is not a jumpy person. You are not trying to scare your target; you are simply trying to make them laugh.
Step 3: Consider Your Plan of Attack
Choose your vulnerable tickle spot carefully. Here are some options:
The Feet: If the target is not wearing shoes, the feet are often the best tickle spot, though sometimes logistically difficult. It can be a challenge to put yourself within range of a person’s feet without alarming them to the possibility of TTSA.
The Armpits: Best suited to times when the target has their arms outstretched, such as while using a computer. It is best to have a follow-up tickle spot, as most people are able to defend their armpits quickly after the initial moments of the TTSA
The Neck: Usually an open target, it is best to use this tickle point only on those you have previous tickling experience with. Some people do not react well to TTSAs involving the neck. Like the armpits, it is best to have a follow-up spot, as the neck can be defended quickly.
The Side: Many people are quite ticklish on the sides of their abdomen. This spot is also slightly more difficult to defend, as a proper defense involves physically twisting the body away from the tickler, which tends to expose the opposite side of the abdomen to continued attack.
The Knee: A personal favorite, the knee is an often-overlooked tickle spot. It has an excellent vulnerability / defensibility mix (presenting a better experience for both parties), and because it is often overlooked, it is usually not as well defended initially. The knee TTSA is best suited to times when you and your target are sitting next to each other.
Step 4: Pounce!
Wait for a moment that the target is distracted, or otherwise busy. A TTSA should be the farthest thing from the target’s mind. I prefer when my targets are beginning to become frustrated with homework, or when they are distracted by a movie.
Step 5: Locate Additional Targets of Opportunity
TTSAs usually attract the attention of others nearby, and they often come over to join in the tickling of your target. This makes them prime targets as well. Follow this step at your own risk, however… taking on multiple targets will often cause them to join forces against you.