Kelvin with an Oops

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Even magic has it's flaws, as note in this Flash Fiction.

Submitted: July 31, 2017

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Submitted: July 31, 2017



The setting is a backstage dressing room of a famous theater in Los Angeles, California.

There is a knock at the dressing-room door.


"It's open!" yelled Kelvin the Magnificent.


A good looking and well proportioned woman opened the door slightly and asked, "Are you dressed?"


Kelvin replied, "Stop being silly, Karla, come in. I am almost finished.

So where are we going?"


"I'm not telling you," Karla replied, "you are the birthday boy and it is a surprise. Besides, everyone would be very upset at me if they knew that I spilled the beans."


As Karla walked over to Kelvin she gave him a kiss; then she gave him the once-over with the critical eye.

"Woo, I told you that this is informal, so no tie and top-hat. Now come on, we are going to be late!"

"How can I be late? I'm the guest of honor, they can't start without me," Kelvin replied while laughing.


The birthday party for the latest and greatest magician in the world was a rousing success; held outdoors at the Hollywood Bowl, no less.

And of course, everyone wanted Kelvin to make something disappear without any props whatsoever.

This kind of act is Kelvin's claim to fame and no other magician had been able to reproduce it.

Why? We will soon see.


"Come on Kelvin; Wow us before the party ends, Please!" The party goers pleaded all though the evening. So just before Kelvin was to leave the party he agreed to do something no-one had ever seen, or attempted.


"All right, I will give you a treat," Kelvin shouted.

Then Kelvin took Karla's hand and the both of them walked out to the edge of the stage.

Once there, Kelvin stated, "Everyone gather around, all around us." Kelvin waved his hands in a circular motion. "Make a full circle," he instructed, "that's right, come up on stage and make a complete circle! Good, good, --- there!

Now, can everyone see that we are completely surrounded and that there is no place for Karla to disappear to, well, except into thin air?"


The crowd of people cheered their approval.


"Is everyone watching carefully?" Kelvin teasingly asked the crowd.

They all yelled, "Yes!"

Kelvin waved a small wand that he pulled from his coat pocket, and said, "Some things stay and some move-on, Karla is here and now she's gone!"

And wouldn't you just know it? Karla vanishes from the stage.


"Search all you want my friends, look everywhere, but you won't find her!" The magician teased and taunted the crowd.

And they did search, they even climbed below and under the orchestra pit, but Karla was nowhere to be found."


All right everyone, I think that we have kept Karla waiting long enough. Now back away, come on, a little farther, that's better. OK that ought to do it.


"With everyone now absent from the immediate area Kelvin chanted, "Karla, it is Karla that I am talking to, now Karla, oh Karla, come back. Won't you?"

And with a wave of that same little wand Karla still wasn't there!

Kelvin looked around franticly and the crowd was getting more and more excited as they looked around for Karla too.


After a few frantic moments Karla made her way through the crowd and back onto the stage with Kelvin; but she had a different dress on and her hair was tied back in a bun.


Everyone was amazed and some Party-goers actually came up and wanted to touch Karla, because they thought that she might be some kind of hologram.

After the initial Wow moments had faded Kelvin reached over and said to Karla, "The reversible dress and hair change was a nice touch; it even took me by surprise."


After some time Karla and Kelvin saw the opportunity and were able to vacate the party without notice.

During the drive home Karla said to Kelvin, "Tell me again how you manage to move a person from one Reality to another.

"Kelvin smiled and replied, "I've told you before that I don't move anyone anywhere; it is all the Wand's doing.

The wand was in an old trunk that I bought years ago at action. I found out what it could do by accident, and the rest is history."


Karla stated, "You know that concert arena is not in the other Reality, there is a park instead."

Kelvin made a gowning sound and replied, "No Hollywood Bowl, that's sad. What kind of park, big, little?" "Oh, it’s an amusement park," she replied.

Then she started laughing and said, "The other you and I were there!"

Kelvin looked surprised and asked, "Did they see you?"

"Well, kind of," she said, "but they were busy.

Kelvin wrinkled his nose and asked, "Doing what?"

"They were putting on a magic show and Karla materialized right in the middle of the act. The audiences thought that it was part of the act and they were amazed. It was great!"

Kelvin got a worried look on his face and replied, "What do you mean? I'm afraid I don't understand."

"Haven't you guessed by now? I'm not Karla, (with a "K"), I'm Carla, --- (with a "C"). And you are Kelvin, with a Opps to fix."


D. Thurmond / JEF


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