Lessons From Houdini

You practice disappearing

in front of a mirror. All your wife

can see is your face. Magic is how

your body vanished in bed. Once

you practiced with knives and hats.

The rabbit trick was a snap. Houdini

comes back from the dead to explain

how to escape from a trunk underwater.

He tells you to hide a divorce in your

marriage. Lean to pick the lock.

Tell yourself there are no chains.

Practice holding your breath. Count

the years. Surface through the pain.


- E. Ethelbert Miller