My prompt on Thursday for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World-Famous Writers Workshop was "cheap," and my prompt for today is "trick." Put them together and you get Cheap Trick, a great band from Rockford, Illinois that played in Chicago a lot before becoming famous. From 1979, Cheap Trick, "Dream Police."
Back in the day, I liked trying to do magic tricks, although my hands were never as quick as the eye. A lot of what we call "magic" is really sleight-of-hand, or legerdemain (the same thing, just in French). When I was 12 or 13, a guy Mom knew who was a magician came by and put on a little show for us. He was so good that we couldn’t tell what he was doing, even though we were sitting right across from him. He gave us some of his old equipment and books, too. A lot of the secret to magic is proper preparation, and the rest is being able to get people to do what you want them to do. For eample, when you fan out a deck of cards and tell someone to pick one, you can force them to choose the card you want.
There was a guy in Chicago named Marshall Brodein, who was a professional magician who frequently appeared on the TV show Bozo’s Circus, the most popular noontime show in the city. His big deal was TV Magic Cards, essentially a "deck" where every other card was the Ace of Spades. The Aces were a little shorter than the other cards, so you could riffle through the deck one way and all the cards were different, then riffle through them another way and they’d all be the Ace of Spades.
They were running out of clowns on the show, so they invited him to join the cast as Wizzo.
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