And For His Next Trick

By Hans Ostrom

Once a magician disappeared during his act.

So far so good, but did not reappear. He was

a victim of real magic, not kidnapping,

murder, trickery, or flight.


His lovely assistant found a good home

for the rabbit and doves, filed a missing

magician’s report, finished her degree.

The magician is somewhere and someone


else, remembers nothing of what

happened, including his life. In Elsewhere,

he hates magic acts because he knows

they’re simple explanations outfitted


in tuxedos. He rather likes his regular

nightmare: He’s trapped under clear ice.

He can see skaters above.  They cannot see

him. He doesn’t drown but can’t scream.