Casually loosing his extraordinary illusions, Rouncival becomes a surly and often unwitting saviour to those around him. In turn, stage assistant Sherpa the Silent and jazz baby heiress Margaret Tillinghast attempt to protect Robert from his own worst excesses. These three form the triad that leads first to fame, then later to a disastrous love triangle as Robert falls for the inhilistic allure of black magic. How they reconcile themselves to the burdens of love, illusion, identity, and Fate is as miraculous as any of Rouncival's stage routines.
"If anything is more astonishing than Rouncival's trickery, it's the endless inventiveness of his author. Tobias Seamon has a great future." - Eugene Mirabelli, author of The Passion of Terri Heart