A magician was employed by a Shipping Line to entertain
the passengers during cruises. The Captain owned a
parrot which always insisted on being part of the acts
put on by the magician.
He would perch on the edge of the stage and screech: "He
does it with a mirror" or "He's got it up his sleeve"
The magician was furious but since the bird was a favourite with
the Captain and he was anxious to retain his position for future
cruises he maintained an angry silence.
One evening as the magician worked, the parrot continued
to harass the unfortunate man. Sadly the ship ran into a
mine which had become detached from the sea floor after a storm.
The explosion tore the bow off the ship which sank within a few
minutes. Amid the wreckage and the lifeboats, the magician sat
on one end of a table from the first class dining room. At the other end sat
the parrot dirty and dishevelled, his feathers caked with
For some time they eyed each other malevolently saying nothing.
Finally the parrot shook himself and advanced across the table.
He fixed the magician with a beady eye. "Ok I give up" he
squawked. "What did you do with the ship ?"
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