History Literature / ADeadlyGameOfMagic

16th Sep '17 10:58:45 PM Ingonyama
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* SpottingTheThread: Early on, a number of clues are noticed to help the kids reach the conclusion that the couple who let them into the house are strangers who don't belong there--Lisa observes the woman wasn't wearing a wedding ring and that the antique furnishings don't fit them at all, while Teena notices the woman wasn't carrying a purse or handbag which she would have been if they lived there and had truly been going out to a party.
16th Sep '17 10:29:39 PM Ingonyama
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* ManipulativeBastard: Chamberlain was always this, it seemed, from the way he exerted his will over his wife to make her beholden to him, to how he treated an aspiring apprentice, leading him on when he had no intention of accepting him. The true depth of his manipulations weren't revealed until his wife tried to leave him, particularly in how no matter how abusive he was to her, Gladys found she just couldn't leave. He also pulls a nasty trick on the kids at one point, posing as the police to get them to leave a locked bathroom so that he can break the lock, leaving them once more at his mercy.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Chamberlain was always this, it seemed, from the way he exerted his will over his wife to make her beholden to him, to how he treated an aspiring apprentice, leading him on when he had no intention of accepting him.him, to how he encouraged a stagehand to ask for a raise while lying about him to the stage manager so that he would end up fired. The true depth of his manipulations weren't revealed until his wife tried to leave him, particularly in how no matter how abusive he was to her, Gladys found she just couldn't leave. He also pulls a nasty trick on the kids at one point, posing as the police to get them to leave a locked bathroom so that he can break the lock, leaving them once more at his mercy.
16th Sep '17 10:27:21 PM Ingonyama
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* RedHerring: At one point, prompted by Lisa doing a magic trick and talking about how dangerous stage magic can be, Julian brings up the TruthInTelevision detail that before he died, Houdini had promised to contact his wife from the Other Side. Combined with the knowledge that Gracie Ella had been a medium and held seances in the house, and the implication is that it is Chamberlain's ghost stalking them. The truth isn't revealed until looking through the scrapbook of clippings and the letters lets them figure out about the MistakenIdentity, FakingTheDead switch.
13th Sep '17 2:16:44 PM Ingonyama
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* WhamLine: The very last line of the book, as it finally reveals Gracie Ella's fate.
-->'''Teena''', ''(regarding [[spoiler:the toy guillotine]])'': Lisa, you told us this was part of a set. Where is the big one?
20th Jul '17 5:00:04 AM Ingonyama
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* RealMenWearPink: Julian, who not only is in drama like the rest of them but secretly wants to be a ballet dancer instead of a doctor. Bo, of course, rebels against this trope to embrace RatedMForManly, which is why they lost the competition

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* RealMenWearPink: Julian, who not only is in drama like the rest of them but secretly wants to be a ballet dancer instead of a doctor. Bo, of course, rebels against this trope to embrace RatedMForManly, which is why they lost the competitioncompetition.
25th Mar '17 5:17:52 AM Ingonyama
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* TooDumbToLive: Gracie Ella. If you're going to hide from your crazy, manipulative, abusive husband, you don't a) keep all his magic props and b) change your name to one that has the same initials as your real name, and even sounds somewhat like it (Gracie Ella Porter, Gladys Pulowski).

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* TooDumbToLive: Gracie Ella. If you're going to hide from your crazy, manipulative, abusive husband, you don't a) keep all his magic props and b) change your name to one that [[SignificantMonogram has the same initials as your real name, name]], and even sounds somewhat like it (Gracie Ella Porter, Gladys Pulowski).
22nd Mar '17 1:38:23 AM Ingonyama
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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of [[GenderEqualEnsemble Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian]], four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.

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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter (both of which won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of [[GenderEqualEnsemble Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian]], four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.
9th Mar '17 8:17:58 PM Ingonyama
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* MoodWhiplash: Various points in the book shift in tone from comedic and heartwarming to suspenseful and scary, ranging from their toweling the dog dry, telling jokes, and actually becoming friends (or more) to the dog suddenly disappearing, a mechanical hand moving on the mantelpiece, and Sam's reaction to what he sees in the back room. A more obvious example occurs early on when Lisa first tells the others she feels like they're not alone, that someone is in the house with them--and the TV, which is turned to the Johnny Carson show, bursts out in a very loud, inappropriate explosion of laughter.

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* MoodWhiplash: Various points in the book shift in tone from comedic and heartwarming to suspenseful and scary, ranging from their toweling the dog dry, telling jokes, and actually becoming friends (or more) to the dog suddenly disappearing, a mechanical hand moving on the mantelpiece, and Sam's reaction to what he sees in the back room. A more obvious example occurs early on when Lisa first tells the others she feels like they're not alone, that someone is in the house with them--and them who may no longer be alive--and the TV, which is turned to the Johnny Carson show, bursts out in a very loud, inappropriate explosion of laughter.
7th Jan '17 6:15:41 PM Ingonyama
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* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]: One of the newer editions of the book shows [[spoiler:a woman's lower half inside a traditional box for sawing a woman in half]]. While this is not precisely what happened to Gracie Ella, there's enough connection between the two that today's readers will probably guess her fate much earlier than those when the book was first printed.


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* SpoilerCover: One of the newer editions of the book shows [[spoiler:a woman's lower half inside a traditional box for sawing a woman in half]]. While this is not precisely what happened to Gracie Ella, there's enough connection between the two that today's readers will probably guess her fate much earlier than those when the book was first printed.
12th Sep '15 6:35:10 PM Ingonyama
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire book takes place in the space of a single night.
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