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The Act of Misdirection

by Callico Harrison


About the Story

The curtain lifts to a torrent of applause, as the city's gents and ladies lose their decorum for a just few moments in anticipation of something magical. The spotlights drown the glitter of sequins and pearls, the metal cane-tops and the shining buttons on the waistcoats. From where you are, centre of the boards, behind nothing but a baize table with nothing but the clothes you stand in, you are quite alone in the blinding white light.

The Act of Misdirection is a short horror story about magic both fake and real, on the stage of Victorian England. It was nominated for a XYZZY for Best Story of 2004.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 6
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 2244
IFID: ZCODE-6-060304-E496
TUID: 0f4x5i2elojxez6l

Off-Site Reviews

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Improv Fiction
This piece feels narrated. It begins with a riveting set piece scene; then it jumps back in time to explain how you got to this point; then it revisits the present, giving the same events new meaning; then -- but I'll avoid the spoilers. The result is quite effective: It's hard to imagine this story told in any other order.
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  v.4: 20-Jun-2008 08:33 - Emily Short (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.3: 20-Jun-2008 08:29 - Emily Short
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v.2: 28-Apr-2008 04:27 - calharrison
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:46 - IFDB
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