By Glen David Gold
The USA within the Nineteen Twenties was once a country enthusiastic about magic. not only the sort played in theaters and on phases around the nation, however the magic of expertise, technological know-how, and prosperity. input Charles Carter-a.k.a. Carter the Great-a younger grasp performer whose ability as an illusionist exceeds even that of the good Houdini.
Fueled through a keenness for magic that grew out of desperation and loneliness, Carter has turn into a legend in his personal time. His exciting act comprises outrageous stunts performed on problematic units sooner than the main tough audiences. however the so much outrageous stunt of all stars none except President Warren Harding and finally ends up approximately costing Carter the attractiveness he labored so demanding to create.
Filled with historic references that evoke the excesses and exuberance of postwar, pre-Depression the US, Carter Beats the satan is the complicated and illuminating tale of 1 mans' trip via a magical-and occasionally dangerous-world, the place phantasm is every thing, and every thing is illusory.
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Charles shrugged. ” “Does Mr. ” James drew a face on the window, right where his breath had made a spot. He tended to trust the 8677-Carter Beats the Devil 8/21/01 2:31 PM Page 46 46 g l e n dav i d g o l d world and had never noticed, when they played outside, the way Jenks loomed at the periphery of the garden, blotting out the sun. ” “I think he knows,” James said. ” “Daddy and I go over the accounts sometimes,” James said. Charles and Mr. Carter had never gone over the accounts. He didn’t even know what the accounts were.
At the rear of the house, by the kitchen and the pantry, was the dark and formal dining room, where Charles would push under the curtains, and surface on the other side, his breath making half-dollar-sized clouds on the window, to watch the wild back garden and listen for the faint wheeze of an accordion. The Carters’ garden was a menacing place, with vines and nettles and bushes that were more thorn than rose. But still Charles would have played there were it not for their gardener, the deformed and hostile Mr.
Biting at his knuckle, he looked up just as Charles frowned and looked down at him. They both knew how long they could carry on before someone, somewhere, hushed them. That time had passed. James removed his ﬁnger from his mouth. “Cook! ” And he bolted past Charles, to the stairs. But there was no one in the kitchen, or the pantry, or even in Cook’s ready room, where she always sat and read while her stews simmered. In the parlor, they found a note from Cook, printed in her block lettering. She and Patsy had gone to a very important revival meeting and picnic just across the bay, and would be back before dark.
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold