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I appreciate that there are several threads on Slates, and some think them old fashioned, but ...

for those who have and use, good Spirit Slates....

are there any recommendations on those available ?

I've seen them offered for sale by Dr.Q(?), Dave Powell etc.

Any thoughts most useful !

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Any Spirit Slate users out there ?

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I use them in a routine, but I use the cheap plastic slates available in toy stores (8"X6"). They fit the effect, but are not gimmicked.

In the past I used several sets of smaller slates (Picard's were my favorite).

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Thanks, Tony, Piers.

Any more, for any more ?
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I use them, in particular the Marchese Slates available from Bobkohlermagic.com. They are terrific, high quality, noiseless slates. Same that Juan Tamariz uses in his closing routine.

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On 2006-02-01 03:06, Christopher Caldwell wrote:
I use them, in particular the Marchese Slates available from Bobkohlermagic.com. They are terrific, high quality, noiseless slates. Same that Juan Tamariz uses in his closing routine.

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Hmmm my problem with slates is that they do not always fall directly into place and need to be adjusted. Does this occur with these slates?
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Chistopher,
I have been tempted by the Marchese Slates too...
Any negatives on them ?
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Regarding the Marchese Slates:

My experience has been that the flap falls perfectly most of the time. However, I in order to be 100% sure, I simply peek after the slates are stacked by pushing the top slate forward a bit and glancing at the bottom slate as I'm handing the slates to a spectator to hold. If it appears out of alignment, a very slight tilt of the slate will get it into place perfectly. The material used in the Marchese slates enables you to do this very easily with no sound.

Now, the only con I have is just something that I've experienced with slates in general and that is the chalk. I find that the chalk that they sell at office supply stores does not leave a wide, white, bold enough stroke. I want the best contrast I can get for maximum visibility from the stage. So I went to an artists supply store and found white pastels. They are softer and leave a thicker, whiter stroke. I'm unable to tell you the specific brand (since I'm sitting at a coffee shop), but if you are interested, let me know and I'll tell you where to get the chalk online. I seem to recall the package I purchased had 12 sticks, and they were square sided sticks, rather than round. You can find them in the US at Michaels. I have tried a variety of white pastels and found some are a bit harder to erase than others. I use a damp cloth treated with windex to clean my slates and keep them black. The Marchese slates, however, are very easy to erase due to the slate material used. The pastel sticks work well with the Marchese slates and with slates that were created using chalkboard paint. I hope this makes sense.

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Christopher,
Thank you.
That helps me ( and others I am sure ), greatly.
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... and Annemann liked using Slates too!

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The cheap hobby store kind are the best. The expensive ones are cool but essentially the same thing. Handling may be a little easier but not even enough to be concerned with spending the extra money
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Just got a set of the new DR Q slates by Maverick. They are fantastic! I have a pair of DR Q's from Venture III, and these are made just as well. The locking mechanism is a beauty!
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I have a pair of slates from Abbott's which I bought 30 years ago. They are very nice, wood framed and I've never had a problem with them. I always use the slates in my standard show. One of the closers I use is a telephone book test where the name and number appear on the slates as the climax. I have had spectators who saw my show years earlier remark about how they still remember that effect.
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Some great thoughts on Slates.

Old fashioned they may be, but that's part of the charm, and the effects can still be great!

Still a hard choice though, for nice looking, wooden slates.

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Spirit Slates.

For those who have an interest, buying a GOOD set of Spirit Slates seems a daunting task.

( Though I have had some excellent advice from Café members )

I seem to have narrowed it down to three; the Dr.Q Slates, Dave Powell and the Marchese Slates.

Is there any difference in them, all being of a similar price ?

I know the type of wood might differ, but assume the mechanism is similar if not the same ?

Any final thoughts much appreciated.

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I use spirit slates only for seances.
I think they would look tricky in another performance..
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Juan Tamariz closes his show with the Spirit Slates!

His slate routine is in book called "The Magic Way" and nothing can come close to this routine!

By the way, I use the Marchese Slates!
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I've just bought some of the Marchese Slates available from Bobkohlermagic.com.
They look superb.
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The Slates from Gene Anderson, which come with "Picto Transpo" are wonderful to use.
They are made from Whiteboard Material, so they have a more modern look, than chalkboards.

handle like a dream. Highly recommended! The effect itself is great!
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I've used the Marchese slates to great effect. They are virtually noiseless, can be fully examined as they lock, and are easy to manipulate. We have used them in front of a number of close up audiences (During seances), with never a problem.

I will tell you that we also used, during those same seances, some inexpensive ungimmicked slates, that were also very effective. Tarbell has some valuable information on handling ungimmicked slates in a manner that makes believers out of your audience. We wanted more than one message per show, and solved the problem this way, to great effect. We'd first do the 'tarbell' manipulation of the normal slates, then close with the Marchese slates. Very strong.

Hope this helps.

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