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"Inspiration does not come to the lazy. It only comes to those who call it." - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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"Magic is the sole science not accepted by scientists because they can't understand it."
-Ehrich Weiss (aka, Harry Houdini).


One night in the city of Manehattan, the magician known as "The Great and Powerful Trixie" has moved on with her new life in her newly successful magic show. It was during this night that a certain Spirit of Chaos was spotted by the Stage Director, but he left mysteriously as he'd appeared.

After the show has been set up for the next night, Trixie walks to her apartment during an unscheduled storm which, passing an empty lot in the city's neighborhoods, lightning struck that spot where a new theater appeared. Holding posters and a sign in lights with a very odd name.

"The Great Harry Houdini: Master of Mystery."


A huge thank you to His Highness, PrinceCelestia for the wonderful cover art. And an equally huge thank you to Shadeol for taking the time to edit this fully.

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Yep that was how Houdini started his acts :)

Amazing! I'm looking forward more of your story:)

6326295 Thank you, I had this idea stuck in my head for a while now, and I think I'm going to have some fun with this. To be honest, I'm still shocked that no one has written a story about a human Houdini in Equestria before.


6325984 Remember kids, if you want to become famous, all you have to do is figure out a way to escape from prison.:trollestia:

6326336 Well...I never tought about it but you're off to a great start, so keep up the good work:D

6326764 That joke is so cheesy that I love it!:rainbowlaugh:

really interessting, i am going to read it later.

Poor Trixie! :rainbowlaugh:

I wonder if we will see either Twilight or Princesses Celestia and Luna - after all, a completely unexpected creature appeared in Equestria and does magic in a way that nopony could understand! :twilightoops:. They would at last be curious about Houdini.

(somehow I have this image that after she watch his magic show, Celestia would whisper something to Houdini, and he realizes that she knwe how the trick was done.... :trollestia:)

6334091 Believe it or not, I have a silmiler idea, but where Houdini performs a very special trick.

Houdini character portrayal is historically correct so far. My empathy towards Trixie. Although Houdini was the greatest magician and escape artist of all time, he was also very ruthless in crushing down the competition. I wonder if the author will indulge that dark part. Houdini was notorious by going towards his rivals shows and spoil it by revealing how the tricks were done thus damaging their reputation. Which we all known by now is fatal for a magicians career. :fluttershysad:

6334938 Since I haven't fallen asleep yet, let me say thanks for the comment.

Personally, with the research I've done and the documentaries I've seen, I think writing Houdini is a favorable character for me to write about because he's one of those, who I like to call, in-between characters. These are the kind of people who are neither classified as good or bad but they fall in the gray area.

I think when it comes to Houdini, he's recorded to be a nice guy, as long as he isn't the one who's being made a fool. Yes, I know about he would go into other magician's shows to expose their tricks or ruin their performances. But if I remember correctly, he did so because most of the time, they tried to copy him.

And lets not forget him exposing the endless parade of mediums. His quest in showing to the public how Spiritualism is a hoax. He was brutal harsh in taking no nonsense from anyone that tried to trick him because, (one of the reasons being) he was grieving over the loss of his mother. It's not that he never believed in an afterlife, in fact, he put up a challenge of thousands of dollars because he wanted to be proven to be wrong, but with no success from the mediums.

Since Houdini and his troop is in a very unique situation where he's surrounded by unicorns that can do real magic and him tricking them all by doing things that he never once claimed to have any supernatural powers in his lifetime, to me, is a great idea for a story. Besides, even I'm excited in seeing how this story will play out since so far, I'm having so much fun with playing this idea.

Oh Trixie, stop that. That´s damaging of public property.

That aside, bwahahahahahahahaaa! XD XD XD

Hmmm.. now we see the real thing Houdini was famous for. His escape artist tricks. Later in his career he would focus more on being an escape artist and led the magician career slide. Personally I always saw Houdini more as an escape artist then a magician. Because it was the former where he really out shown the rest.

“I strongly advise the audience to never attempt anything like what you’re about to see at home unless you exactly what you’re doing.

A small error that I spotted.

You need to add "know" between unless and you. :twilightsmile:

6336794 Thank you for pointing out the error, I'll fix that immediately.

6336794
>You need to add "know" between unless and you.

“I strongly advise the audience to never attempt anything like what you’re about to see at home unless know you exactly what you’re doing.

Doesn't look much better. Maybe between 'you' and 'exactly'.

“I strongly advise the audience to never attempt anything like what you’re about to see at home unless you know exactly what you’re doing.

Houdini: the worlds greatist magician!
Trixie: Equis's biggest show off!
And pinkie pie the stumper of all!
The three two greatist escapeists and stumpers of the mind!

You know a magician doesn't reveal his or her tricks. Although I'm not a magician I do know how Houdini pulled off those tricks. But I won't tell because then it would spoil the magic of this story. :twilightsmile:

6344200 Ha-ha, okay, that is both dumb and cleaver at the same time.

I hope the story will not go to the usual trope of villainizing the main character. I would be nice to see Trixie chose the higher moral. I'm not talking about her figuring out Houdini tricks which is actually quiet fine in my book. No I'm talking about her miss using that knowledge. :fluttershysad:

6345663 To be honest, that's not exactly what I had in mind.

Okay now that's what I'm talking about. This is how story becomes more interesting, at least to me. It creates certain possibilities and these characters might even become friendly rivals for the time being which can motivate both Trixie and Houdini to step up their game. They can learn to respect each other gifts. At the same time you can make the other magicians and escape artists (maybe all or perhaps a small group) more hostile towards Houdini as his shows starts to hurt their financial income. Rather then improving their skills they start to Heckle, steal, sabotage, etc... Houdini shows. Which can also bring Trixie into a conflict what she would do. Would she ignore and leave Houdini on his own after all he is a rival or help him and risk becoming a pariah amongst her fellow pony magicians?

I believe that since you want this story to be about Houdini it's also important that you reveal the lesser things he did. Some things he had to do to survive in the show business world. It's not really evil but it's important that you also reveal how he dealt with "Copycats" :ajsleepy:

Also which princess has Trixie ever given a performance? Neither in the show or in the comics did that ever happen. Closed would be Twilight in Boast Busters but she wasn't a princess back then. I'm just curious about it. :twilightsheepish:

you saw was a trick. Cleaver ones

"Cleaver" I think you mean "Clever" here.:raritywink:

Nice. *applaudes*
That is how it´s done Trix. Admit you´ve done something wrong, tell the strange monkey what irks you and before you know it, you have a new colleague who inspires you to improve your skills beyond your own expectations and maybe even a rival-friend of sorts.

Also, hands up who is right now dying to see Mr. H reaction once he sees that Celestia really raises the Sun.

The only thing I'm missing in this story is Harry and the humans side of things, all his life Harry did 'magic' and now here he is in a world filled with actual magic. I really wanted to see his wonder and amazement at this but we never saw it, we never saw how they dealt with knowing they are in another world you just skipped over that part and went straight to him doing shows so the story to me feels a bit rushed and that you cut out a lot of good parts to the story.

6351658 The thing about me and my writing is that I've learned how to take something that my readers pointed out and turn it into a plot point. To be honest, the intent in this story was for (mostly) Trixie's point of view. However, I believe that I'll take what you just pointed out and make it into the story.

This is because I'm one of those few writers that despite having a very little planing, I'm still able to write it well because I tend to follow a action, reaction philosophy. So really, every story that I've posted were inspired by spur of the moment.

So yes, thank you for giving me something to write about, and yes, I agree, Harry's point of view is going to be just as interesting.

6351658 P.S. I think you've just given me an idea that I'm starting to like.

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Okay that's going to be very tricky to write about. Since Houdini has been a real person in life. A lot of his personality and way of thinking have been documented by testimonies from family and friends. Wish you good of luck in writing Houdini thoughts. Unlike Trixie whom is kinda a blank slate outside her performance personality, Houdini is a well versed history character. So you have to be very careful not to write something that is outside his character. Also if you can't tell by now I'm very intrigued to read about Houdini perspective. :raritystarry:

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Huh, this looks pretty interesting. I'm adding it to my read later list.

Very well,” Trixie returned to her audience, “let’s not waist any more time.

Just noticed that error there while reading. Can't wait to see what's next!

6354858 Thank you, I shall correct that immediately.

I have no opinion about this chapter so far. I mean I have nothing news to report yet. Keep on the good work. :twilightsmile:

The officer rolled his eyes, “Magic.”
“No seriously,” Harry asks sternly. “How are you doing this?”
The unicorn pointed to his horn, “I told you, magic...”

He's a wizard Harry!

Bess leaned in with a smile, “Why would a pony cop carry around a pair of Before Harry could answer, there was a knock on the door. He got up (hitting his head on the ceiling in the process) and went over to open the door.

I think that there some missing words on this part.

6362301 Oh...:twilightblush: I could have sworn that part was copied. Give me a second, let me fix that.

6362301

Its missing a

pair of-" to show the incomplete bit of dialogue before they were interrupted.

“Quick question,” Mr. Houdini leaned down over her, “You don’t happen to know what a gun is by any chance, do you?”

No... Please don't do this! No one should do that trick! The Catch is too dangerous! No!!!

After this story I'd like a new one from you. :pinkiehappy:

6366318 Before I do so, I must finish this story first. And luckily for you, I have two ideas for a story I wanted to try, but I still need to think which one I wanted to do.

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