STORY ABOUT A KID WHO LOVES STAGE MAGIC WHO ACCIDENTALLY SIGNED UP FOR A REAL MAGIC SCHOOL AND NOW HAS TO FAKE PROFICIENCY IN MYSTICAL ARTS VIA SLEIGHT OF HAND
WORKING TITLE: "SMOKE AND MIRRORS"
the final exam they're locked in a room with a monster and instead of using magic they just fucking deck it
now i'm just thinking about sleight, which is the polar opposite of this
@HTHR or the other way around: kid can conjure fireballs but he doesn’t know how to do a card force or mark a deck
Ever read The Last Unicorn, by Peter Beagle? The protagonist, Schmendrick the magician (schmendrick is jewish slang for "loser") can't do magic if his life depended on it.
Until he finds the last living unicorn on Earth, then the real magic happens.
I also recommend the animated film.
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