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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett


The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett is about that boy you don’t see when a magician and assistant take a bow at the end of the show. This young boy makes the magician real in his allusions and is not real in real life; he is invisible. Misdirection can take the magician just so far. Love is an elusive imp. Our narrator, Reggie, has a club foot, is an orphan, goes to cemeteries to speak to his dead mother, and needs to find his own lover and wake up with him in the morning, cause that is how it is to be done. Not like his boss, Teddy Brookes who is happy to have evening dalliance leave before he wakes. The magician likes for his ladies to disappear. That is after all his act, “The Vanishing Lady.”  His new lady, Pam, is new to the act and she too, falls into the trap of sleeping with the magician. The question Reggie asks Pam is how she is going to get out of this one. That becomes the fun part of our story that takes place at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953 in the theaters of Brighton. A right good tale of deception, misdirection, and love finally realized as we learn how it’s done, remembering magicians never reveal the truth.

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