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Slate Writing

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Slate Writing is a popular mentalism effect in which writing mysteriuously appear on a slate, a little blackboard.

The medium and the sitter take seats at opposite ends of a table, each grasping a corner of an ordinary school slate (little blackboards) that they hold firmly pressed against the underside of the table. A small fragment of slate-pencil is first enclosed between slate and table. A scratching sound, as of someone writing on a slate, is heard, with three loud raps indicating the conclusion of the message. On the withdrawal of the slate, it is found to have a message, usually an answer to some question previously written down by the sitter.

Another presentation is to wrap two slates face to face with a chalk inside.

Among the mediums who were most successful in obtaining spirit writing in this manner were Henry Slade and William Eglinton.