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gomerel
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If you are doing a pre-ink-pen period and you do a trick that involves having the audience member sign or initial something, what writing instrument do you use?
Mr. Woolery
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If you are looking for a lookalike, just stick the innards of a pen into a feather. If you want to, put it into a dry inkwell.

If you want to be authentic, how much of your historic audience would be able to sign their names in the first place?

Just a couple of random thoughts.

Patrick
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Thanks. I guess I would tell them to make a mark.
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Another option is pencils. Yes, they had pencils in the period that currently interests me - California gold rush. Would work for some tricks. Found an old Civil War forum post. Those guys are very serious about historical accuracy.
http://civilwartalk.com/threads/civil-war-pencils.21165/
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Ask them to prick their finger and leave their mark.....
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If you are doing pre-1600, you might try a stylus.

Here is a definition: "an ancient writing implement, consisting of a small rod with a pointed end for scratching letters on wax-covered tablets, and a blunt end for obliterating them."

Good for ancient Greece, Rome, medieval, etc. They were often made from various animal products, ie. horn, bone, ivory, etc.

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Also you could go with a piece of graphite (ie. what pencil lead is made from).

You can get graphite at an art store for a fairly low price. IIRC I got 12 sticks for about $4.00, but I might be mistaken--it's been a couple of years.

Hope this helps.

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More on the history of pencils.
https://www.officemuseum.com/pencil_history.htm
Reproductions are easily found at many Civil War sutlers
Bob
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