A magician emerges from the shadows. Top hat and coat tails. Gloves and a black and white wand. He begins to explain his next illusion. Sawing a woman in half. A classic. He is going to let us in on the secrets and tricks behind the performance. Breaking the magicians code of conduct is of no concern. And the audience appreciates it. He brings out his generic, “Stepford” assistant; large wooden box in tow. The magician opens the box to reveal a pair of fake but very realistic legs. Shoes matching that of his assistants. He helps her into the box and we all see how she is able to contort just right and fit her entire body in just half of the box. Then the fake legs emerge and give a wiggle. Hardeharhar. He begins to saw and she screams with the unmistakable twinge of offensive bad acting. The two cut pieces are separated and the audience applauds and laughs “baaaaa.” Grateful to be in on the joke for a change. The magician resets to perform in real time. But instead the assistant just lies on the floor and the magician proceeds to actually saw her in half. No tricks. No joke to be in on. He saws her in half. Blood spurting everywhere. The mezzanine and opera boxes are hosed down like girls gone wild. Guts and vital organs spilling out onto the stage. Confusion and terror on the poor assistants face. She is not acting anymore. She is pleading for help. “Why is this happening?” “Why won’t anyone stop this?” So-called civilized people trampling each other scrambling for any exit. All their fine Italian suits forever ruined. Or improved. An opinion depending on so many things: how you were raised, loved, fed as a child, etc.. An entire audience forever changed simply because they trusted a man with a sharp tool to do what he said he would.
When asked why he did this unspeakable act the magician replied with a wink and a shrug and a simple answer.
“Sometimes things go wrong.”
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