The Great Sadini finds a young man passed out from hunger on the carnival grounds and takes him inside to his trailer. The boy, Hugo, proves to be simple. His first thought on waking is that he is dead and that Sadini and his wife are the devil and an angel. He's nearly right -- but he has the roles reversed. Sadini's compassion prompts him to take the kid under his wing and teach him about magic. The wife's cold heart leads her to beg the manipulable boy to commit murder. Written by
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Hey, wake up. This is no place to sleep. Come on, wake up. You'll freeze to death.
The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314)
Written by Johann Strauss
- carnival music heard at the beginning of the story