A Hundred Gourds 5:3 June 2016

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Ray Rasmussen – Canada

Mental Floss

Somewhere in the dim haunts of memory, a rabbit is pulled out of a hat. I was young enough to be more attracted to the magic than the magician’s assistant. Mesmerized, I wanted little more from life than a top hat, a wand and a rabbit. I didn’t want to be sitting next to my older sister, who had ruined my last Christmas with, “What? You still believe Santa!” And just as she was about to elbow me and ruin the show, the magician produced some magic that I wanted to practice on her.

the assistant disappears
in a puff of smoke –
curtains closing

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