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Forcing the Ace

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Alex wants to enter the Silver Stage magic competition, but he needs a sponsor. Jack, a veteran card wizard, is willing to take on the role, but only if Alex agrees to team up with Zoe, another young magician and Alex’s rival. Working with Jack and sharing the spotlight with Zoe, Alex comes to see that there are other ways to be a magician besides competing, and that magic is about entertaining people, not fooling them.
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Erin Thomas ForciNgThE AcE
Forcing The ACe Erin Thomas
Copyright ©2014Erin Thomas
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Thomas, E. L. (Erin L.), author Forcing the ace / Erin Thomas. (Orca limelights)
Issued in print and electronic formats. isbn 9781459806450 (pbk.).isbn 9781459806467 (pdf). isbn 9781459806290 (epub)
I. Title. II. Series: Orca limelights ps8639.h572f67 2014jc813’.6 c20149015577  c20149015585
First published in the United States,2014 Library of Congress Control Number:2014935378
Summary:Alex wants to enter a magic competition, but first he’ll have to learn to share the spotlight with a rival magician. Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover design by Rachel Page Cover photography by Getty Images
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To He kids a magic camp, and in loving memory of Y.C.
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y ands are sakîng. ï’s good a ï’m M no pannîng o saw anyone în a. ï’m backsage, beînd ose crusy green veve curaîns în e scoo audîorîum, îsenîng o e audîence ceer or e îp-op dance rouîne a jus Inîsed. here’s a card-board ear on e loor, sîny red marked wî dusy soe reads, e over rom Vaenîne’s Day as week. ï ake a deep brea and wîpe my ands on my ab coa. ï’s no îke î’s my Irs sow. ï know wa ï’m doîng—mosy. ï’s my Weîrd Scîence rouîne. e înae îs new, bu a’s good, because î means Donna asn’ seen î beore. Mrs. Forsye, my Engîs eacer, îs onsage, er Jamaîcan accen as warm as buTered oas.
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“And now, o prove once and or a a hornon’s Go aen, Aex Eîsen!” Usuay wen se says my u name îke a, î means anoer aîed Engîs quîz:Alex Eisen, please see me ater class. “ha’s you! Go!” ï’s one o e îp-op dancers. ï grab e sîver brîecase wî my props însîde and ake anoer deep brea. he dancer soves me, and ï sumbe ono e sage. Spoîgs warm my ace. ï bînk îno e îg and se my case down on e îTe sîde abe e sage crew se ou or me. Sraîgen. Smîe îno e appause. “Good evenîng, cass,” ï say as e appause ades. “Wecome o remedîa scîence one-o-one. ha îs, er…scîence or dummîes.” here’s auger. Good. ï open e brîecase and pu ou e ex-book a’s sîTîng on op. Wen ï open e book, a payîng card pops up beween e pages, îke a bookmark. And wen ï pu î ou, î appears o urn îno a woe an o cards. ï sare a î, akîng surprîse, en sake my and and drop e cards o e sage loor, bu anoer an o cards appears în my and.
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“e împoran îng o remember abou scîence,” ï say, sakîng ree o e second an, “îs a ere’s a ogîca expanaîon or everyîng.” More auger. From e sage, ï can see e Irs ew audîence rows pas e spoîgs.My rîend Hakîm sîs în one o e our ron-row seas ï boug. Donna’s ere oo, wearîng wa mîg pass as a respecabe suî î î weren’ made o o-pînk vîny. ï row în an exra card ourîs jus or er. Se’s e one ï need o împress î ï wan er o sponsor me or e Sîver Sage magîc compeîîon. he oer wo seas, e ones or my parens, are empy. hey dîdn’ promîse o be ere, ony o sop by î ey coud ge ou o eîr carîy dînner eary. ï soudn’ boer me. Hakîm waves, and ï reaîze a ï’m sarîng a e empy seas and my ands ave gone sî. ï cear my roa. “Le’s ak abou Newon,” ï say. “He dîscovered e aw o gravîy. hîngs a down însead o up.” ï drîbbe e cards rom my upper and o my ower and. “Bu wa î Newon was wrong?” ï sprîng e cards rom my ower and o my upper and în a kînd o
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reverse waera. “Newon wasn’ îno cards oug—e was îno appes.” ï pu one rom my ab-coa pocke. Appe on abe. Red andkercîe over appe. Hîdden under e andkercîe, e appe lîes up of e abe and around e sage. ï preend o case î wî my ands, ryîng o cac î, odîng e back corners o e andkercîe. he audî-ence’s auger sîs în my bey, a warm ba. Fînay ï e e appe and. ï ug away e and-kercîe and bîe îno e appe. “No bad,” ï say. Appause. hey’re on my sîde now. hey wan o beîeve, so ï gîve em îngs o beîeve în. A card orn o pîeces, en resored: conservaîon o maTer. A coîn a passes roug a boTe: proo a aoms are mosy space. Some o ese rîcks aren’ grea or suc a arge room, bu Donna’s rîg în e ron row. Sooner an ees possîbe, î’s îme or e Inae. ï swaow pas a sudden îgness în my roa. hîs rîck ï aven’ rîed în ron o an audîence beore. ï waned someîng asy, someîng o sow Donna a ï’m no araîd o ake rîsks. “For îs Ina rîck,” ï say, “ï’ need a vouneer.”
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Hakîm waves îs ands around îke we panned. ï scan e room, preendîng o ook or jus e rîg person. And a’s wen ï see er. Zoe O’Neî îs în e îrd row, and er and îs sîdîng up. Her smîe jus abou akes me ou a e knees. “Zoe?” ï’m no sure ï’ve saîd er name ou oud beore. Se’s new îs semeser. ï know, because e day se sowed up în my cemîsry cass, ï wen ome and scanned e od yearbooks o see wy ï’d never noîced er. Se sars o sand. Hakîm’s a ou o îs caîr aready, so ï cac îs eye and sake my ead. He bînks a ew îmes, en drops back o îs sea. ï rub my umb over e Band-Aîd around e base o my mîdde Inger, ceckîng a e magne îs sî îdden ere—my backup pan. ï’ be beTer îs way, sînce Donna woud know Hakîm was a pan. Zoe waks oward me. he spoîg Inds er and urns er aîr sîver. o gîve er îme o cîmb e seps o e sage, ï pu ou my cards agaîn and pay wî em, excep my and sîfens and e cards a. My ace eas up.
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ï knee o coec e cards. “ï waned o do a one as îme, jus în case. Exreme card manîpuaîon. No rîcks, jus seady ands.And my and”—ï od ou my rîg and, pam ou, Ingers spread—“îs wa’s a sake now.” Zoe reaces e sage. Se crouces across rom me and pîcks up a coupe o cards rom e mess on e sage loor. Se sars o pass em o me, bu as ï reac or em, se back-pams em. From e audîence’s ange, î mus ook îke ey jus dîsappeared. Zoe’s a magîcîan? ï ake Zoe’s and beween mîne and sîp e cards îno my ab-coa pocke. here’s appause as we sand, and ï bow as î e dîsappearîng cards were my doîng. ïnsîde, ï’m reeîng. From my brîecase, ï pu ou our umps o Pasîcîne and se em on e abe, a în a row. Beînd eac one goes a a Syrooam cup. ï od up a saîness see parîng knîe—a sma one— and urn î so e spoîg gîns of e bade. “For every acîon, ere îs an equa and oppo-sîe reacîon. ï pus down, e knîe puses up. Zoe wî pace e knîe în one o ese umps o Pasîcîne, poîny end up. hen se’ cover a
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