REVISED PERFORMANCE SCRIPT
A superstitious hostess invited some of her lively, red-blooded friends for dinner in the private dining room of an expensive restaurant.
She looked around and counted the number present. On her right were 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. She was number 7. And on her left she counted 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13...people at the party!
Frankly, the number 13 gave her the creeps, so she asked two of her equally superstitious guests to leave -- which, under the circumstances, they were happy to do.
(Two cards are discarded)
Relieved, but still concerned, she counted again. 1, 2, 3...13!
She hadn't noticed any additional guests arrive. Confused, she persuaded two more people to leave. (Two more cards are discarded)
She was now absolutely positive there were no additional guests, but she counted the number present anyway. 1, 2, 3...13!
Was she caught in some hideous, cosmic joke? She asked two more people to leave...
(Two more cards are discarded; then the Queen)
...and then, frightened, she decided to leave the party herself!
The next day, she was stunned when she saw the morning newspaper. They had discovered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 people in that private dining room -- all blackened by death...
(Display the faces of the 10 black cards)
...from food poisoning.
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