Sunday, 27 June 2021

'Mr. Houdini Makes An Appearance' by Tim Warren


“Mr. Houdini, it seems you are charged with… making the Tower of London disappear?”

“A misunderstanding, your Honour.”

“A misunderstanding?”

“Quite so. All that has momentarily changed is that no-one is able to see it.”

“Nonetheless, this would have been your doing?”

“Yes and no.”

“Please expand on — at the very least — the ‘yes’ part.”

“Very well, your Honour. Over the years, I have amassed a certain amount of… credibility, let’s say — perhaps more than anyone in the history of my profession. People can be very suggestible.”

“If I am understanding you correctly, Mr. Houdini, it is your contention that you merely told people it was no longer there and they just believed you?”

“Well, not ‘merely’. That would be very reductive. A certain context was created; a degree of showmanship. It was not without skill.”

“So you admit responsibility?”

“Yes and no.”

“I refer you to my previous request.”

“To expand?”

“If you would… No! God, man! Not like that. Kindly return to your normal dimensions before I hold you in contempt.”

“Very well. Is this more to your liking?”

“Hm… yes. Are you sure you’re not a little shorter now?”

“Quite certain. But you see how tricky perception can be?”
“Fine, fine. But there is a world of magnitude between this… discrepancy and the present matter.”

“I agree, your Honour.”

“You do?”
“Quite so. As tricks go, the last was a mere bagatelle.”

“Mr Houdini, enough. I will not be sidetracked. Now let us return to the charges…”

“Is there a problem?”

“Did you—”

“I’m sure I don’t know to what your Honour is referring.”





Tower reveal show a sell-out after court case collapses. Demand now growing for third performance, at Houses of Parliament, though public remain divided on its potential reappearance.

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