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America's foremost female illusionist.
If Julia Scheff were the youngest of five children, or the only daughter, then maybe her parents would have paid more attention to her when she was growing up. But she was second-youngest, and had an older sister, so she had to work that much harder to be noticed. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a performer, and drawn to stage magic when she saw Penn and Teller perform on television. There didn't seem to be a lot of women in the field, anyway, unless they were wearing skimpy leotards and being cut in half. Once she'd learned a few card tricks, she knew she'd found a discipline where she could stand out.
After working her way through college, she moved to L.A. and adopted the stage name Juliet Borgia. Within seven years, her dry, sardonic wit, physical prowess, and audacious illusions had gained her a solid fan base, a show in Las Vegas, three HBO specials, and an ongoing series on the Learning Channel, explaining the basics of social engineering and cold reading. That she was able to achieve all of this without having to exploit her sexuality is a particular point of pride. She's rich, famous, and doesn't have any worries, except...
...except about a month ago, she took a tumble down the stairs of her Vegas home. Nothing serious; it's not like she she should have died, but she definitely should have hit her head on something. Instead, she never even hit the floor; she found herself levitating a foot off the ground.
By virtue of being a self-made woman who's refused to resort to the usual cliches of being a woman in the world of stage magic, Juliet Borgia has been channeling the Flying Woman for years. Not that she knows this, of course; she only knows that, for some reason, she can float now.
She'd like to know why, and has started making some general inquiries in that direction.
(Leo) A funny, charming and intelligent woman who's consistently driven to be the center of attention.
Obsession: Performance. Juliet lives for the spotlight.
Rage Stimulus: Bigotry of any kind.
Fear Stimulus: (Self) Making a fool of herself in public.
Noble Stimulus: Entertainment.
Body 45 (Skinny): General Athletics 25%, Self-Defense (Struggle) 25%
Speed 75 (The hand is quicker than the eye): Dodge 15%, Drive Goddamn Expensive Car 30%, Initiative 37%, Stage Magic 70%
Mind 55 (Observant): General Education 25%, Notice 40%, Nothing Up My Sleeve (Conceal) 50%
Soul 65 (A born performer): Avatar: The Flying Woman 52%, Cold Reading 50%, Rich and Famous (Reputation) 45%, Stage Presence (Charm) 60%, Verbal Misdirection (Lying) 40%
Cold Reading: The art of convincing someone that Juliet knows more about him or her than she actually does, by observing body language and patterns of behavior.
Violence 0 Hard/0 Fail; Unnatural 0 Hard/1 Fail; Helplessness 1 Hard/0 Fail; Isolation 0 Hard/0 Fail; Self 2 Hard/0 Fail
Stage magic paraphernalia; luxury homes in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York; a fleet of expensive cars; two hunky stage assistants; this year's tabloid "It Boy".
Hmmm, I like it very much! You have an internet, good sir.
Michael Keenan | profile | Feb 16, 09 | 10:10 pm
Very nice! Good work.
MCLowell | profile | Feb 17, 09 | 12:32 am
I like this. I think 'beginniner' characters groping for answers are a huge part of Unknown Armie's flavour.
Dominus | profile | Feb 21, 09 | 3:43 pm