The Taker of Thumbs
The Taker of Thumbs
The Taker of Thumbs
The Taker of Thumbs
The Taker of Thumbs
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The Taker of Thumbs

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The Taker of Thumbs
“Revenge is perhaps the basest of human motivations. Revenge
can drive a man to unconscionable actions. Reason matters
not…the mere satisfaction of righting the apparent injustice is
paramount to the offended.
“Wilson Rudzinski was a jeweler in Victorian London. His
business was thriving. He employed several gentlemen as
salesmen and assistant store managers. He treated these men
with dignity and respect. And then, sales began to lag. Income
dropped, but inventory diminished as well. Rudzinski suspected
that his trusted employees were stealing jewels and selling them
to supplement their shrinking income. Before long, he was
forced to close the store and go out of business.
“After several months, he noticed that his former employees were
doing quite well, while he was struggling to feed his family.
Rather than inquire as to whether these men had obtained new
jobs (they had), Rudzinski assumed they were living off of the
proceeds of their alleged thievery. He decided to teach them a
lesson…no, to get even!
“And so, Wilson Rudzinski set upon a trail of revenge-inspired
terror. One by one, he approached his former associates, luring
them to secluded spots, where he accused them of theft,
lectured them on the evils of their ways, and then cut off their
thumbs to, in his demented mind, “prevent them from stealing
again.”
“Three of his victims threatened to immediately go to the police,
so he killed them on the spot. A fourth victim lost his thumb but
escaped with his life. Rudzinski kept the thumbs to placate his
ire.
“While his actions were never justifiable, Rudzinski was correct,
at least in part. Two of the men he killed had stolen from him.
The other dead man and the one who escaped were free of any
wrongdoing whatsoever.
“The survivor went to the police, who investigated and found a
box containing some photographs and five severed thumbs, four
from the victims, and one from a presumed unknown person who
was never found.
“I have here the five thumbs retrieved from Wilson Rudzinski’s
residence. I also have five photographs of the individuals
involved in the just-described melee. I’d like to conduct a little
experiment to see if, together, we might be able to rediscover
who among the five was the killer…the taker of thumbs.”
The performer and the spectator now engage in a procedure
which results in the killer being identified, confirmed with
irrefutable proof.
What you receive:
- Five silicone severed bloody thumbs
- Five hand-made and hand-waxed photo cards of Victorian men
- One hand-made and hand-waxed evidence card
- One box in which to carry and present the props
- One instruction booklet, printed on parchment-like paper,
complete with suggested patter