I have a nice little collection of Poe-themed effects which I enjoy presenting occasionally. The closing routine is always one of my very favourite pieces, 'The Death of Poe', currently available from Gemini Artifacts.
The mysterious circumstances surrounding Poe's death are recounted, and four portraits of Poe are displayed, each one symbolising one of the four most popular theories surrounding the cause of Poe's death: murder, consumption, rabies, and cooping. A locket is also produced, a fantastically aged piece, which had been carried by Poe at the time of his death, intended for his fiancee.
The volunteer uses the locket as a pendulum, seeking to determine the true cause of Poe's death. In every case, their intuition is proved to be correct.
There are multiple outs, of course, but the reveals are very clever and convincing, each providing further details of the case to support the volunteer's choice.
The props are excellent, the outcome is convincing, and there are reams of supporting detail for the story, making this a perfect closer for any Poe-themed show.
Developed by the creative mind of Vince Wilson, a charming gentleman who many of us were privileged to meet at Doomsday last year.