|A Most Thought-Provoking Trick
||[Jun. 2nd, 2006|07:06 pm]
Fast Fiction Friday
Wandering about the stage, bleeding silently into his tuxedo, the magician wondered how he was going to recover from this. Sometimes the Bullet-Catch Trick goes wrong, and, historically, is the last mistake a magician will make. But he was sure he could turn this around. He staggered up to the front of the stage, where the lights burned hot and yellow, sat down, and reached into his pocket.
“I’d like to tell you a story,” he said, removing a handkerchief and a coin. “There was once a healer in India who had a magic stone.” He held out his arm palm down and placed the coin on his hand. “He would place the stone on the patient and cover it up.” He folded the handkerchief into quarters with one hand and set it on the coin. “And the stone would pass through the body of the sick, catching all the evils along the way, until it came out the other side.” Though he didn’t move, the coin fell from his hand and clattered on the stage. The audience laughed. He picked the coin up and replaced it, covering it again.
“Sometimes, I’m afraid, the miracle didn’t always work.” He fell over, the only other sound being the staccato of a bullet rolling from his mouth.