Is that a magic wand in your pocket?
Hello everyone - the version here on Substack was re-edited because I sent the story out at 06:00AM when I could barely see and it had a lot of problems, so this version is a re edit and much better.
Difficult to pin this one down. Vividly descriptive with the usual Dangerfield eloquence and humour but run through with the sense of a child desperately trying to find something positive and reassuring in an arena which their younger self found exciting and (dare I say magical) but proves to be the opposite as each layer is explored and exposed. By the end I felt quite sad for the adult Chris hoping against hope (and reality) that there was a nugget of gold in the bath full of excrement into which he had climbed. Another quality piece of writing sir.
(And you managed not to mention Debbie McGee even once lol)
You had me at 'Auschwitzian birdcage...' Another fun and thrilling ride on the undercarriage of the D-Man. Great read, fella! Big love!
I still have an original (signed by Derren) Devils Picturebook VHS, and the full deck (riffle shuffled by a spectator) oil and water routine is still the most powerful effect I can do, even 20 years later! Pretty much the perfect trick
I find self help books sound similar to the magic books 🤔and are just as useful. Not, anyways cheers for the read.
A brilliant piece of writing. I had no idea where this was going, especially after Schrödinger's assistant! Shouldn't have worried though. Reminds of when some geezer did a cool trick on me during a live YouTube video. The bastard never told me how he did it 😂 😉
Nice one Chris!
a great trip into the weird al side of stage magic. Whilst never adept at anything better than a disappearing coin tricky, I did enjoy watching magic on TV shows back in the UK as a kid, although I always had an intuition that something more sinister lurked behind the scenes. I stood behind Deren Brown once in a cashpoint queue in Bristol. Oh yeah, thanks for the heads up on the no handed wank and the exposé on hypnotism.
The description of those wives in a pre divorce state let down by magician husbands, awaiting their beating, alcoholic future, sucking off random cocks under office desks. Magic is so far away from its hype,. To be enamored by one’s own scamming holds no prize.
You make heroin sound amazing, and I read till the end.
I haven,t read anything yet, well I did read the first few ummm chapters, sentences from the unedited email, now I have done the direct link from the Dan stream and have been laughing for 5 minutes . So Darlingk we see it is you, you Soho Ho, that started this skirt trend for the gender ambiguous sluts with training stillettos, you were correct to keep the summer scuffs with that ensemble. Now to the crux of the Scrubstack, look for my further input HOIT o7
It does indeed read like, as an adult, glimpsing the frail, seedy pervert behind the curtain, after the spell of tattered decoration which may have beguiled the child, no longer has the strength to deceive. Desperation and the odour of stale fags, scent the hilarious, thematically brilliant, prose.
Great story Chris. Although I reckon there's one guy masculine enough to use the mechanic's grip. Richard Turner. Guy started going blind at 9, lost his full sight, went on to get a black belt having the shit kicked out of him and still does some incredible sleight of hand to this day, practically flawless.... Very good Doc on him called "Dealt" I'd recommend. Also side note, I'm pretty annoyed my folding 10p coins are gonna be sus with the Queen's head on them now. Cheery bye!