The Perfect Club Slate Routine

'dltor's note: If any-•one yells "rehash" I am going to be awfully mortified. This titled effect appeared in one of my books about 7 years ago and now out of print. Always a pet I've tried to find who might be using it. Only 4 such magi have been discovered. The other's didn't remember it, or admitted not reading It carefully enough to appreciate the good points. After all of these years, NORMAN A3HW0RTH has supplied a colored chalk subtlety of high value. Combined with the lettering subterfuge, adapted by JtL BAKER from a little known medium's dodge, and including the window envelope which has been claimed by several, I think our routining makes nearly as perfect an effect as one might desire. If you read the original, maybe this writing and addition will make you want to do it. If you haven't known it, I hope you like It)

Requisites: Two slates. One silicate flap on one side of which are written in white chalk 3 rows of mixed letters covering the entire side. A small drug envelope with a blank oard to fit. The envelope is faked by cutting a window In the face side. The flap, writing side downward, Is lying on the table overlapping a side edge about an lnoh. The two slates lie on top of the flap. On the table are several oolored pieces of chalk, all different. To one side is a pleoe of white chalk.

A prominent spectator is asked to think of some close friend or relative not living. He is asked to write this person'sname on the card in order to prevent his mind from changing to someone else. The performer steps into the audience with the envelope (flap side up) and has the spectator Insert his card with the writing side down. The performer seals the envelope with flap always towards spectator and then openly writes the spectator's initials very heavily across the flap. Back to the front, the performer stands the envelope against something in full view with initial to be seen by all.

The performer now picks up the slates which may have been left with some other person to examine and clean. He shows the colored chalks and the spectator In the audience has free choice of any color. This called out, the performer picks It up and either tosses or has it passed to him. Then picking up the WHITE chalk, the performer proceeds to cover all four sides of the slates with mixed letters In order that they may be sent to the spirit world and used for a return message.

Erasing all letters, the performer shows all sides absolutely clean. The slates are put together and the spectator is asked to write his initials on the outside of both slates with the color chalk which he freely selected. He holds the slates together above his head.

The performer picks up the sealed envelope. He says, "Now, for the first time, we shall learn the Identity of the person of whom our friend has been thinking." The envelope Is torn open and the card removed. The name is read aloud and the spectator acknowledges it. Then he is told to open the slates and show them around. ON THE INSIDE IS POUND THE CORRECT DEAD NAME WRITTEN IN THE COLOR FREELY SELECTED BY THE

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SPECTATOR. The card is returned, and there is absolutely no trickery to be found with the slates.

The reader naturally has figured the hand?ing of the envelope. The window side has been kept down or facing the performer throughout the actions and in placing It on the table he has ample opportunity to read the name and make use of this knowledge when handling the slates.

The colored pieces of chalk should be about two and one-half Inches long. When one is selected you pick it up and pass it to the spectator, but just as you piok it up you BREAK OFF a piece and retain this piece In your hand. It la all done with the one hand. The colored piece is kept in the palm of the right hand and you pick up the piece of white chalk from table, In fingertips, after you have handed spectator his choice.

To make the slate maneuvre clear we shall call them jfl and #2 and advise following these instructions with slates and chalks In hand. On slate pi cover the side with mixed letters, 3 rows In WHITE chalk. Turn the slate over so the lettering faces audience,and apparently continue, but on this side the dead name is put down in COLORED chalk. The white piece in hand haa dropped to the palm and the colored piece merely worked up to the fingertips.

Without showing this side, lay the slate on the table OVER THE FLAP with the name side down, at the same time picking up slate #2. And at this time the colored piece of chalk may be left out of view on the table. Fill both sides of slate »2 with mixed KHITE letters. Holding this slate In the left hatvl pick up slate #1 with the flap underneath and with a slate in each hand show them freely on both sides. The flap covers the name and the audience sees 4 sides of mixed white letters.

Put the left hand slate #2 under the right arm and with pocket handkerchief or suitable cloth clean slate #-1 on both sides. Lay it on table with flap side down and clean slate #2. Pick up slate #1 leaving flap behind and lay it on slate Have the spectator Initial the two outside surfaces and hold. On the inside is the dead name in the chosen color.

The envelope is opened, the name read aloud, and the faked envelope pocketed and card tossed out while everybody watches the spectator open the slates.

A variation of the faked envelope could be the slit type. The drug envelope (#2 size) must be an end opener. On the face side 3/4 of an inch from top when flap is closed make a razor blade slit across envelope. The envelope is held flap side up on hand with flap open and pointing outward. The performer aids in shoving the card In, but it goes through slit and lies along the back. The writing faces outward and is read in the placement of the envelope. At finish, envelope Is held in left fingers with the flap towards right. The left thumb at rear draws card to left out o£ slit and right hand clips off end (and slit). The card apparently is withdrawn from inside, really from back, and both card and envelope may be returned.

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