|The Magician on the Titanic
The Titanic, on her maiden voyage, just set sail from the shores of
England. It was the most magnificent ship ever built, and everybody
is very excited. No expense has been spared - the vast dining rooms,
casinos, hundreds of neatly groomed waiters and polite service staff,
string quartets, the works.
Every night at the bar, they had this magician come on and perform
the most wonderfully amazing tricks of conjury the world had ever
seen. It's the first night of the voyage, and everyone is eager to
see this great man at work, except there was one slight problem.
There was this parrot, who'd sit on the bar top by the peanuts, and
ruin each trick as the magician performed them. Each time, the parrot
would sit quietly until the trick was almost completed, and say things
like, "Squark! It's up his sleeve!" or "Sqeeek! He's hidden it in
the hat!" etc., and ruin the trick for the magician.
Every time, the parrot would do this, and the magician would get madder
and madder as the night wore on.
The same happened on the next night, and the one after that. The
magician would shake with fury at this silly parrot ruining his world
famous show. He spent his days devising even better and more
stupendously amazing tricks in an effort to fool this bloody parrot.
One night, the magician is about to perform his greatest trick of the
voyage. The lights are dimmed, a hushed silence sweeps across the bar
floor, a drum roll builds up to a mighty crescendo as the magician
performs his final piece de resistance....and suddenly the ship hits
an iceberg and sinks...
For three days, the magician manages to cling to a door floating around
in the wreckage, starving, thirsty. On the third day, he notices at the
other end of the door, the parrot, sitting calmly and quietly, staring
back at him. For three more days the magician just glowers at him, not
saying a word - bitter, hushed, resentful, silence.
...Until one day, the parrot can't contain himself any longer and squarks,
"Alright! I give up! What have you done with the ship?!"
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