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Патент USA US2109175

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Feb. 22, 1938.
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2,109,175
MEANS FOR STAGE EXHIBITING CARD PLAYS OF BRIDGE GAMES
Filed March 9', 1936
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MEANS FOR STAGEEXHIBITING CARD PLAYS OF BRIDGE GAMES
Filed March 9, 1936
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Patented Feb. 22, 1938
UNITED STATES
PATENT OFFICE A
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lVIEANS FOR STAGE EXHIBITING CARD
PLAYS OF BRIDGE GAMES
John Reed Kilpatrick, New York, N. Y.
Application March 9, 1936, Serial No. 67,848
1 Claim. (Cl. 35-8)
and following display on the platforms of the
The object of the present invention is to pro
vide means by which a large audience in a theatre
or auditorium may have visually exhibited before
it the card play of a bridge game,’ in such
5 manner that the hand of each player is shown
for visual reading and each play is shown by
the actual movement of gigantic cards equiva
lent to those of each player, so that each mem
ber of the audience may judge the wisdom of
10 the mental deductions of the players as the
bids and plays are made, and may also judge the
skill of the players in items of selection of leads
and ?nesse.
The invention will be described with reference
to the accompanying drawings, in which:——
Figure l is a view in plan showing a series of
platforms and runways, and the position of
gigantic cards thereon in position for initial play.
Figure 2 is a view in elevation of the structure
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20 and means shown in Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a vertical section on the line 3—3,
Figure 2.
Figure 4 is a rear perspective view of one of
the enlarged cards.
Referring to the drawings, it will be seen that
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I have provided four spaced platforms in various
degrees of elevation. The uppermost platform
l is adapted to hold thirteen operators 2, each
holding one enlarged card 8a‘ of a bridge deck
of cards. Below platform I is a centrally located
table 4 behind which is a platform 5 adapted to
hold four operators 5:1: with advanced cards 85c,
hands held by said actual players.
The ?nal or conclusive bid is announced and
the ?rst play by the player on the left of the
successful bidder is immediately signalled to the OI
stage, as by telephone or radio announcer S’. Say
the ace of hearts of East’s hand is played—the
operator on platform 1 with that card represen
tation held in front of him as a visual shield,
advances quickly to a point rearwardly of table 4 10
and on platform 5 where the card remains above
the tablejin vertical position at rest, to await
the succeeding three plays. The second, third
and fourth plays are visually shown in the same
manner as the ?rst play, so that four cards will 15
be shown simultaneously above table 4. Deduc
tion by the audience as to which of the four
players takes the trick is immediately made, so
that after a very brief interval following the
fourth play, the operators move the enlarged
cards to horizontal position, as, for example,
down on the table, simultaneously with a bend
ing or crouching movement of their bodies to
positions bid by the table, thus visually showing
the end of the ?rst play. The succeeding play
ers follow in the same manner.
The number of operators holding gigantic cards
on the platforms I, 6, ‘I and 8, gradually di
minishes as the hand of bridge proceeds, en-.
abling the audience to make quicker deductions 03 0
as to what the following plays will logically be,
and increasing the interest. While the audi
the table preferably being disposed somewhat
ence has an advantage over any one of the play
above waist high, as to the height of the opera
tors and having a wall vertically covering the
area between its upper surface and base.
At the left of table 6 is a platform 6, and at
ers in that all of the cards are exposed to view,
its right a platform 1, each adapted to hold
thirteen operators with advanced cards 8x.
Below table 4 is a platform 8 adapted to hold
thirteen operators with advanced cards 8:13.
It is apparent that the cards held by the oper
ators on platform I represent the cards held by
the North player of a bridge game; that those
on the left platform 6 represent the cards held
by the West player. The cards on platform 1
represent the cards held by the East player and
those on platform 8 represent the cards held by
the South player.
The actual bridge game may be held nearby or
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remotely from the staged platforms and table.
As an example, a loud speaker S may be used
to announce to the audience facing the stage
the successive bids of each player, North, East,
55 South and West, in the proper successive order,
the skill of the players, nevertheless, is visually
shown in a most effective manner, and as a
means of teaching bridge by “trial and error”, the
invention is of the high type.
It will be understood that the cards 81:,best
shown in Figure 3, may be of any desired size,
preferably at least six feet high by three feet
wide. There should be two side handles 9 at
tached to the rear face of the card, or top handles
i0, also at said rear face. In the normal advanc—
ing movement of the operators, each from his
respective platform to a position rearwardly of
platform 4, handles 9 are used. When the re
spective play is over and the operator bends so
as to be concealed by the vertical wall of table
4, he may grasp handles 10 and conveniently pull 50
the card from the table as he withdraws to the
stage wings with his card for reassembly to new
deal position.
The cards 83: may be made of any suitable ma
terial, as, for example, plyboard, sheet metal,
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plasterboard, etc., and each may be an exact
replica of one of the ?fty-two cards of a bridge
deck, or may be simpli?ed as to face indicia, as
desired.
It will be understood that the platforms I, 6,
1 and 8 must be formed with table platforms 5
by runways or steps II, the runway or stepway
from platform I to platform 5 being downward
and from platform 8 leading upward, whilst plat
10 forms 6 and 1 may be on, or substantially, the.
same plane as platform 5. Of course, a single
long platform may constitute platform-sections,
6, 5 and 1, as indicated by the drawings.
Having described my invention, what I claim
15 and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is as
follows:
Means for stage exhibiting card plays of bridge
games, comprising a stage setting composed of
an upper horizontal relatively narrow and long
platform adapted to hold thirteen persons stand
ing side by side, a lower platform of like adapta
tion, a central platform adapted to hold four
persons standing, platforms to the left and right
of the central platform and extending in the
same longitudinal direction as that of the upper
and lower platforms, said left and right platforms
being each adapted to hold thirteen persons
standing side by side, and runways connecting
the central platform with each of the remaining
platforms.
JOHN REED KILPA'I'RICK.
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