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Remembering John Louis Cherry, 1952 - 2010
A man who pulled himself from his hat,
and could saw himself in two,
or transform himself into that memorized card
that everyone expected and knew.
A man who could make his own thoughts appear
by uttering words made of nothing but air;
A man who can vanish, even wrapped up in rope,
without a flash of bright light or a big puff of smoke;
A man who believed that all real mean try
to untie a knot that never was tied,
to escape from a bottle that has no outside.
-- from "Shifting Ice" by J. L. Cherry, 2008