Idiot Card

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Idiot Card

In broadcasting, an informal term for a cue card. This helps actors and/or announcers remember what they are supposed to say in order to ensure a smooth (and enjoyable) broadcast, which pleases viewers and, by extension, advertisers.
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We use idiot boards, with the dialogue in large type, but he didn't need them.
With Peter, I was slightly worried because I had heard stories from friends who worked on the Harry Potter films about Richard Harris being [drunk], having to have huge idiot boards and earpieces, and having had temper tantrums.
So George the applause machine man takes over -he gets his lines from shoe soles and idiot boards -and becomes a star.
Quite a number of on-cam TV talents don't even know how to read written spiels or idiot boards properly.