“Until very recently, the artist was a magician who did his magic in public view but kept himself and his effects a matter of mystery.” —Gore Vidal
Neither smoke nor mirrors play a part
In the great magician’s secret art
Just a cabinet plain
No gamed sword blade or feign of fake sort
I was a magician’s assistant and had to go in the box that they put the swords through, and there’s no trick to it. You literally have to dodge the swords.