The story of the President and the magical disappearing pen…

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Have you ever borrowed a pen or some other item of stationery from the office?

My guess is that most of us probably have the odd pen at home that was originally at one stage or another in the office stationery cupboard.

In your defence you would probably argue that you were using that pen to do some work at home.

But would you have taken that pen from work if you were a president of a major European country and were in front of the world’s media with all their cameras filming.

Vaclav Klaus, Czech Republic’s president, who following his swift hand movement is no doubt now favourite to replace Tom Cruise in the next Mission Impossible movie was this week filmed pocketing a ceremonial pen which was encrusted with semi-precious stones.

President Klaus was on a tour of Latin America. At a joint press conference with Sebastian Pinera, the Chilean president, the ceremonial pen is neatly manoeuvred from the table to his pocket.

Whilst the Chilean President is seen welcoming Klaus, the Czech president picks up the pen, looks at it carefully, puts his hands under the table, slips the pen in his pocket and then brings his hands back on the table without the pen.

The video below shows the Czech President’s manoeuvres.

The two flags that were on the table were understood to have been fixed to the table.

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