He was slumped over the bar at a hotel where I was stayin’. “Don’t I know you, sir?” I said.


“I saw your act. You’re that… magician?”

“I was!”

He indicated his empty glass. I obliged.

“You were good. What happened?”

“I went to a séance.”


“Nothing happened.”

“So what? Nothing’s happened to me plenty a’ times.”

“You don’t understand. It was the séance–for Houdini–Halloween?

“I heard of it.”

He grabbed my lapel. “Don’t you understand? He was the master!”

He spelled it out. “He couldn’t find a way. There is no escape!”

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