“Houdini’s Knife” — An Entertaining Short Story by Kenneth Nichols

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Why you should read the story:

“Houdini’s Knife” is NOT a 5000-word story about a Bengali woman whose dog has run away and you’re supposed to wonder if it will ever come back because she’s having dreams about the dog and the life it wishes to lead.

Forget that.

“Houdini’s Knife” is a story about a young man who is a magician.  He wants to date a particularly beautiful and kind young woman, but he understands that’s not going to happen.  Why?  Because he’s a magician.  Nevertheless, he finds a way to express how he feels.

What this story might remind you of:

ANY CRUSH YOU’VE EVER HAD.  We’ve all been there.

What might be the saddest song ever:

What are you waiting for? 

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Enhanced content:

The story was inspired by a number of great magicians, perhaps Penn & Teller most of all.  Here’s one of their best illusions:

And here is the ending of a great special in which Penn & Teller went to the Middle East to find the origin of the cups and balls, one of the oldest tricks in all of magic.  Penn & Teller, of course, have their own spin on the basic illusion:

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“Fit To Be Tied” — An Entertaining Short Story by Curtis Bradley Vickers

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Why you should read the story:

“Fit To Be Tied” is not 5000 words about a dandelion in a war zone and you’re supposed to wonder if anyone’s going to step on the dandelion because it’s a symbol of man’s inhumanity to man.

Forget that.

“Fit To Be Tied” is a story about a five-year-old boy who trusts the wrong people.  Our parents warn us about these people, but we’ve all been there.  Further, we all care about little kids and dogs.  There are real stakes here, friends.

What this story might remind you of:

Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz?  She’s a little kid and she just wants to protect Toto and get home.

The first four minutes of a Law & Order episode.  You love Law & Order.

What are you waiting for? 

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