And now for something completely different: magicians and their tricky, sometimes dangerous illusions. In 1897, the Great Brodsky impressed his royal audience at Budapest with a message from the spirit world that the Hungarian king's scepter was cursed and must be removed. Immediately the scepter disappeared, and it stayed lost for a century. Cut to the present day, when Sydney Fox is asked to look for the missing artifact. The search takes her to the House of Magic, where she meets the most skilled magicians of today...
There is hardly any suspense in this story, since we are told in the introduction who most likely took the artifact, but the whole scenery in the House of Magic is charming. And I loved the scene at the beginning when the magician tells the whole story to Sydney, while Claudia fights desperately with a dove in the background, this is like a scene from 'Police Squad'.
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