The Heckling Parrot

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A magician was working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.  The audience would be different each week, so the magician allowed himself to do the same tricks over and over again.  There was only one problem: The captain’s parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick.

Once he understood, he started heckling the magician in the middle of each show: “Look, it’s not the same hat!” he’d shout.  “He’s hiding the flowers under the table!” “Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?”

The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything; after all, it was the captain’s parrot.  One day the ship ran into trouble and sank.  The magician found himself clinging to a piece of wood in the middle of the ocean with the parrot.  They stared at each other with hate, but neither uttered a word.  This went for a day and another and then another.  Afer three days, the parrot finally spoke: “Okay, I give up. Where’s the boat?”

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