Advanced English 10
24 Jan. 2014
Magic: What You See is Not What You Get
Imagine you are in a darkened theater with over a thousand people crammed in like a can of sardines. You are on the edge of your seat, as all of the attention and focus goes to one man standing on the stage. His appearance is slick with a black and navy blue suit. He calls his lovely female assistant, who is wearing a long dress and high heels, to join him on stage. Every eye peers with curiosity, suspicion, and wonder, as he leads the assistant into, what appears to be, a giant decorated box with a checkerboard pattern on the outside and black on the inside. He confidently closes the door and waves his hands so elegantly towards the box and utters a few words. You wonder if the trick already happened in that split second.
He opens the door, with a smirk upon his face, and shows everybody that the box is empty! You applaud, even though you are distracted by the thought of what just happened. You think to yourself: What did I miss? Is it really magic? Was I deceived? You turn to the person next to you for some kind of explanation to unlock this phenomenon's secret, just to see his puzzled face still intently looking at the box. As you turn back and the applause calms down, the man on stage is still smiling as if saying "just wait." He closes the door once more. You expect something else to happen, so you concentrate all of your might on the box. The man on stage then opens the door to reveal his lovely assistant. You just cannot fathom how this happened, and how you...