Grant Richardson pulled the next music
audition application from his preview stack.
This one was submitted by his friend Victor, who lived in East point,
Virginia. Victor always sent top quality
music. Grant inserted the disc in his
player, leaned back in his black comfortable upholstered chair, and closed his
Wow! This music
really felt out of this world. He
especially liked the singer. After the
song finished he examined the documentation that came with the disc.
Singer: Helen Troy; Instrument players:
Bob Mercury and Joe Athens. Grant meditated briefly. Helen Troy: Why is that
name familiar” Ahh” The anti-nicotine club high
school student, who is now majoring in music at Eastpoint
College, and will graduate soon.
Grant spun his chair around and grabbed
his phone. He quickly dialed a familiar
number. “Melody, I have three more
guests for you to invite to your Halloween Party.”
Grant wondered what Helen was doing
now. Would she be interested in
programming his anti-nicotine website? It would require her to figure out
appropriate anti-nicotine advertisements and implement them in computer
Bob, Helen, and Joe strode rapidly toward
the Nicotine Club entrance. As they entered,
the doorway chimed, and announced, “Entertainers for the noon meal have arrived”.
The Nicotine Club, like any social club, celebrates what the members have in
common. In this case what they had in
common was a belief that it’s ok to be addicted to Nicotine.
A petite blond lady met them. “Wonderful!
I’m so glad you called and arranged to be our entertainment for today.” She
extended her right hand to Helen. “From
your costume, I presume you are the magician lady. I will guess that your
caveman companion is the strong man.”
She turned toward Bob. “What does your costume represent”?
Bob fingered the green and yellow lapels
of his oddly shaped shirt. “I’m the magician’s sidekick and chief
assistant. I also help in distracting the
audience at crucial moments.”
“Hello there, Alice; who are our guests”?
Everyone turned to face the new
speaker. “Hello Tom. These are our entertainers for the noon
meal. They came early. Would you like to help them get set up”?
“Of Course; what may I do to help”?
Joe spoke up, in an uncharacteristically
deep low pitched voice. “Please keep the audience at least eight feet from the
edge of the stage. You will see why when
we begin our act.”
At Bob’s look of astonishment, Joe added,
in one of his more normal voices, “Just getting into my ‘Big strong caveman’
Helen astonished Tom and Alice when she
said, “We’ve already brought in all of our equipment.”
Seeing their reaction, she smiled; “I’m a
magician; remember” Removing her brightly decorated conical hat, she showed
them three professional jugular balls, and began to juggle them.
Helen continued to juggle the balls as she
and her friends engaged Tom and Alice in small talk. When a few guests begin to arrive, Tom
excused himself, and arranged for all the tables and chairs within eight feet
of the stage to be moved farther away.
the guests had arrived, were seated, and were being served their lunch.
Tom jumped onto
the center front of the low stage, and announced, “Today we have super magician
Helen troy, singer extraordinaire, and her two assistants, Bob Mercury, the
world’s best guitar player, and Joe Athens, her faithful fiddle player.”
Helen announced, “First
I will do a hand stand.” She then
pivoted a quarter turn counterclockwise, leaned out toward the audience, and
cupped her right ear with her hand as if to better hear a response from the
After a few
moments of stunned silence, someone from the audience yelled, “What’s so
special about a hand stand”?
On this clue, Joe
lumbered forward to stand next to Helen.
Bending his knees, he squatted and held out his right hand, palm side
up. Helen jumped up to stand on her
right foot on his open hand. Joe slowly
stood up, pretending to do so with great effort. Then he continued to lift
Helen until he had raised her as high as he could reach while holding her
standing on his open hand.
At this point Bob
ran to them, and continued to run clockwise around Joe. “Take her for a spin.”
Joe rotated his
right hand to grab Helen’s right foot, and used his left hand to grab her left
foot. He then spurn clockwise, following
Bob’s running figure. He swung Helen round and round, pretending to have to
exert great effort. Helen, face down,
levitated herself up and down in apparent random motion. Occasionally she tilted her head back and
waved to the audience.
running around Joe slowly caught up to Helen and grabbed her, just as Joe
released her. Bob pretended to stagger
slightly as he caught Helen.
Several people in
the audience stood up to get a closer look at what was happening.
Standing at the
center front stage the trio formally bowed.
Tom walked forward, clapping his hands.
“Now I see why you wanted an eight foot clearance in front of the stage.”
Most of the
audience joined in the clapping. After
the clapping ended, Helen announced, “Now I’ll do a more traditional magic
trick. May I borrow an egg from the
kitchen” I promise that you will get it back in exactly its original condition.”
One of the cooks
brought an egg to Tom. Tom held it out
to Helen. Helen shook her head, and
handed Tom a spoon, then she held out her conical hat, open end up. “Break the egg with the spoon, and put the
egg yoke into this magic hat. Then drop
the broken shells into the hat.”
Tom followed her
instruction. Then Helen said, “pass the hat among the audience so that everyone can see the
After all the
audience could verify the broken egg in Helen’s hat, and the hat was passed
back to her, she announced. “Now I will repair the egg.” Looking into the hat, she backed up, to
center back stage.
Bob came over and
also looked into the hat. Next Helen
waved for Joe to come over. All three
stared into the hat. Helen pulled a
hidden magic wand from her clothing. “Ala Kazam!” The three of them continued to look into the
hat. Helen shook her head. She waved the magic wand over the hat again. “Hocus
Focus!” Bob looked into the hat and
shook his head. Helen looked out at the
audience. “I’ll try just one more time.”
She waved the
wand again. “Repairo!” She
then put her hand into the hat, and pulled out the intact egg, and lifted it up
to show to the audience.
The trio again
walked to center front stage to make a formal bow. Helen handed the egg to Tom, who passed it to
the audience so they could inspect it.
applause had ended, a yell was heard from the audience. “Show us your hat”“
handed her hat, which was still held open end up, to Bob. Bob carried the hat to each table for
When Bob returned
to the stage, the trio again made a formal bow.
The applause this time was greater.
When the applause
ended, Helen announced, “Now that everyone has finished eating, we can perform
our newest song. I wrote it especially
for this group.”