The Magician


Reading Something Wicked This Way Comes is like participating in a magical mystery tour, where the omnipresent Bradbury plays the role of the ultimate magician. And it’s a special kind of magic that works both on the inside and on the outside, with Bradbury operating in an almost explicit two-tracks style: a meta-track, where he converses with the Reader, showing the tricks, the syntax, by which each consequent scene is about to be created; and an internal track, where the Reader is a passive observer, watching Bradbury working inside his magical world, manipulating his characters.


But that’s exactly the illusion – that which is part of any magical show. Suddenly, there’s this strange sensation that Bradbury actually tells a story about… you, Reader. Doubts creep in: could the unexpected friendship with the narrator be nothing but a honey trap? Could it be that Bradbury showed you some tricks, made you an associate in a complot against his characters, only to blind you from the biggest trick of them all, that which turns you, the Reader, into his one and only protagonist?

“Since Bradbury was eight years old, he wanted to become a magician. And that’s what he is”.

2 Responses to “The Magician”

  1. amirv Says:

    Ray wrote somewhere something about a man that jumps off a cliff and builds himself wings on the way down…this is an inaccurate quote from Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn. Do you know the original? We, the Living on the edge, must know it

  2. muli koppel Says:

    Hi Amir, no I’m not aware of this ad-hoc icarus. see u around

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