A Brief History of Magic By Glen Armstrong

August 4, 2014 Comments Off on A Brief History of Magic By Glen Armstrong

As a boy, I read everything I could on magic, slight-of-hand, and any physical law that might temporarily play along with the whims of correctly positioned mirrors and a black velvet backdrop. I was a serious student of stage magic, but my hands betrayed my learning, so clumsy and thick that they rained buffalo nickels and consistently gave up the sedated rabbit’s position in the top hat’s fifth dimension. Denied the silk cape and the pretty assistant, I disappeared, barely enough dexterity to turn page into page.

© 2014 Glen Armstrong

Glen Armstrong’s recent work has appeared in Conduit, Digital Americana and Cloudbank. He holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also edits the poetry journal Cruel Garters.

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