Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to your mystery prompt.
Often, here in the arena, we ask our authors to take on surreal topics. We ask them to deliver stories about mythical creatures or supernatural landscapes. But we’ve never stepped back from that notion and set it onto firmer ground. There are, in this very day and age, people who can make lions disappear, who can pull swords out of smoke, who can read minds. Well…they can do these things assuming they’re up on stage and you’re in the audience.
Our topic this week is the odd world of the stage magician. Rabbits in hats, steel rings, sawing women in half, that sort of thing. Our authors task was to write us a story in which a magician is heavily featured. But take note! We did not ask for any supernatural or unexplained magic. They must have at least one character who performs tricks using sleight of hand and illusion, not ancient mystic powers. Their character can perform at old folks’ homes or headline in Vegas or astonish an ancient royal court. But their tricks must be just that: tricks.
Who will conjure a rabbit and who will be called out as a fraud?
Let’s find out!
The Battle of the Magicians is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).