In the fall of 1933 I was in the second grade of St. Joseph’s School in Mobile, Alabama. Classes were to end early one day for the arrival of a traveling magician. He held up his empty hat, reached in and took out a white rabbit, He reached into his hat again and pulled out a live white dove. To our surprise he then pulled out another white rabbit with a little hat on and when the trickster took the hat off a yellow canary flew out.
It has been nearly three quarters of a century since this initial misleading occurrence with rabbits and, at the time of that betrayal I had never met a turkey. What I was to learn later was that magicians were rank amateurs when it comes to instances of surprise. Turkeys are professionals.
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