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Checkmate by Alan Warner

(c. 1981) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: Stained wooden plaques are used in this effect together with three chess pieces, each of which is painted in a different colour.

A spectator is given A FREE CHOICE of one of the coloured chess pieces and A FREE CHOICE of one of the plaques, and is then requested to indicate this latter choice by placing his chosen chess piece on the selected plaque.

The performer, however, is able to predict not only which chess piece would be selected but also the spectator’s choice of plaque.

The selection of both the chess piece and plaque is absolutely free – NO FORCE IS USED.



  • The plaques measure 7.6 x 5 cms.
  • The chess pieces are finished in high-gloss coloured enamels.
  • Stained wooden plaques made of Teak are used

The apparatus comes complete with The Alan Warner Routine.

PLEASE NOTE: The chess pieces vary from set to set and may not necessarily be those shown in the photograph.

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Approx. Price: $100.00 (2005) ***

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1 review for Checkmate by Alan Warner

  1. Andy Martin

    Stronger than you would imagine!

    At first glance Checkmate looks like you are predicting a 1 out of 3 outcome, but in fact it is stronger than that since you not only predict which color chess piece they will choose, but also which plaque they will place it on.

    There is no forcing of colors, the answer can be different each time, but the effect cannot be repeated. The mulitple outs that are constructed into the wooden tablets are very convincing and not contrived as sometimes is the case.

    I used to give this 4 stars, but over the years I have grown to appreciate its simplicy even more so have raised it to a 5.

    Highly Recommended!

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