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Using slates in the prosaic manner prescribed by magic catalogues is the common thing to do. I've tried to be different in this effect and put an aura around the trick to impress the audience. The means to an end may be all too familiar, but the apporach and climax should satisfy.

The performer shows a large display board (it can be made to fit the suitcase, or fold to fit a briefcase) upon which can be seen a long list of Kings who, throughout history, have either been murdered or deposed. It is shown that the fatal number 2 has been in evidence constantly and that around these rulers there existed something unknown, something far greater than mere coincidence can explain away.

Two slates and a packet of cards containing the names and countries of the 18 rulers are at hand. The slates are shown blank on all sides, secured together with two bands, and two spectators each hold an end of them. Two more spectators step forward and one mixes the packet of cards thoroughly. The other spectator stands beside the large display board (containing the list of 18 deposed rulers as illustrated here) and is told to start at the top and tap each name deliberately and slowly down the column, stopping wherever he may please (this is NOT a force). At the same time, the man with the shuffled packet of cards holds them face down and deals off a card each time the first man touches a name. He stops dealing when the man stops pointing. The name and country is read aloud. The second man turns over the last card he dealt and shows it. IT BEARS THE SAKE NAME AND COUNTRYI

The first coincidence having been proven, the performer has the man turn over the next card

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