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.

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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

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else, remembers nothing of what

happened, including his life. In Elsewhere,

he hates magic acts because he knows

they’re simple explanations outfitted

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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.

 

 

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