Does the magician have a family ?.

Yes. Two half-brothers and two half-sisters.

This is a riddle, kinda.


I was at the funeral of an acquaintance the other day.   I was standing across the grave from the family and their close friends, with the other people who knew the deceased only not so well. It might look like a mêlée of Irish people but there is a form behind it.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind that something was striking a wrong note. But I was in that engaged but not engaged mode.  Suddenly it dawned what was wrong. The vast majority of the women dressed in black as is normal for such occasions.  But the dress ended somewhat north of mid-thigh. So, your basic hunting apparel for the chick out on the town and designed half as advertising and half for it’s over the head ease of removal. So the whole vision over the other side was divided horizontally. That in Ireland ever graveyard and cemetery is placed such to catch every breath of wind and that it was mid Feb only twisted the entire tableau.

It added to the poignant tragic young man’s death that his female friends were of an age that they didn’t have the burying suit, yet. There is nothing more certain than these 30 or so women will never again be caught without a formal black day dress.

Ar dheisgo raibh a anam.

The frying pan is a one egg pan. Just how cute is that.

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10 Responses to Does the magician have a family ?.

  1. Kelly says:

    Seems like here funeral attire has become more relaxed, at least in my parts. I seldom wear a dress anymore opting for black slacks and a not too flashy blouse instead. Footwear depends entirely on graveside conditions as nothing is worse than trying to navigate soft/wet terrain in heels!

    Your opening made me think of the magician’s “sawing in two” box and practicing on family members. 😉

    • Vince says:

      Yes, it’s relaxed here also. Actually it never had that set uniform beyond ‘good’ outside of the cities, either for men or women. But certain clothing is accumulated especially for women. And that was kinda part of it also. In a few years they will have become individual, mostly because they will have bought in different shops on different years.

      Yep it’s the sawing in two.

  2. Shrinky says:

    Cracking shot there, in the top left.

    The poor kids must’ve been frozen, but in a way I like the thought they arrived at his grave as he’d known them, fresh and still brazen with youth and life.

    • Vince says:

      Thanks, not sure which though, they are moving.

      Tough bunch also. Takes grit to stay standing like that. You know the wind I expect. Sapping, when it gets going in our so called spring.
      I hadn’t thought that was the way he knew them. It’s true of course.
      I was leaning to their youth and the LBD being their only semi presentable good wear.

  3. Ed says:

    I didn’t get the joke when you initially posted it but now that I came back and read the comments, I now get it.

    I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t had to go to a graveside service since my step-grandfather died back in the late 80’s. Everything since has just been a service at a church or funeral home and I wasn’t close enough to be socially required to attend the graveside service which around here seems normally for family and very close friends of the family.

    • Vince says:

      Mea culpa.

      Yeah, you’re socially required to attend if you live within ten miles here. You may not know the host, but certainly you are connected with clubs or something to family members. And really if attendance gives a modicum of peace.

  4. Kimberly says:

    I’m sorry for your/their loss. Funerals are always abysmal, but more so when it’s for someone who isn’t due. Your dress imagery and your joke cracked me up though.
    Do you walk out your front/back door to that view? It’s so lush, even in March!

    • Vince says:

      The photos are from different walks. And yeah on the funerals. Still ‘tiz worse for the host, eh. We’re about 5 weeks ahead of last year with things growing, but there are days that are bitter-cold.

  5. sage says:

    Great joke/riddle! Funerals over here have become so casual. It’s not unusual to see a widow or grown daughters in a pant suit or friends in jeans. And I’ve seen younger grievers wearing “little black dresses” Sadly, however, few people go to the gravesite these days, most stay at the church or funeral home.

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