Spectators know
the magic's false

no rabbits rising
out of hats

assistants never

Still magicians
gain applause

when everyone
becomes the trick

all dying
to be duped again.

Illusionists © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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29 words (prompt limit).  Not Believing in Magic Yet Practicing It brevity challenge prompt - link:
Submitted: April 4, 2021