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A modern teleprompter in action during a televised fashion show in Milan, Italy, in 2007. A Vermont man was an early contributor to the invention of the "autocue" device. Photo courtesy of Paolo Margari.

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The word teleprompter conjures up local T.V. news anchors emoting behind a studio desk, Lucy and Desi magically reading through their sitcom lines in front of cameras during the 1950s, and President Obama deftly orating well-spun political sentences during another inauguration address.

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