He was a prestidigitator beyond compare. The Amazing Roberto Clappini built a reputation for performing card tricks that could deceive even the most well-trained eye. His latest trick was proclaimed to be one that would take the art of sleight of hand to a new level.
The trick was always performed with cards manufactured by Svengesi's Strong Suits, the Bulgarian company that is known worldwide for its outstanding product. Clappini swore by the cards' quality and refused to consider using any other brand.
Now, though, Svengesi's renown has taken a hit - struck by the same blow that killed Clappini after last night's performance at Finger Lake. But, authorities have a clue about the identity of the murderer, or to be more accurate, a handful of clues.
For before he died, Clappini had the strength and wherewithal to pull several cards from the deck and attempt to tell authorities what happened. It would take skill and investigative expertise to identify the perpetrator of the crime - and to deal out a hand that could only be described as a "royal flush."
His death wasn't sleight of hand!
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