On Humility

The Conjuror, about to take the stage with his glamorous assistant. No, not assistant: Partner In Magic. He dons the jacket of his plain suit—the rhinestones were binned on the day he finished counseling acknowledged his ego and vowed never again to be such a swell-headed diva. It had saved the act (and probably his marriage). Now, “WENDY” emblazons the poster, and from tonight onward his wife will take both stage and applause first.

Straightening his bow tie, he smiles, grateful to no longer possess the biggest head in the business.

He puts on his magician’s top hat.

And disappears.

Neil Williamson‘s fiction, some of which is collected in The Ephemera (Elastic Press 2006, Infinity Plus Books 2011), has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award and the British Science Fiction Award. Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (co-edited with Andrew J Wilson, Crescent Books 2005) was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Neil is a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle.

Photo credit: Nick DeWolf

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