Microcosms 64

Houdini and Jennie, the Vanishing Elephant, January 7, 1918

I’m baaaaack!

Hey, everyone – KM here. Geoff has the week off. He held down the fort on a solo basis long enough, and life is going a little better for me, so I’m ready to be a part of things again. 🙂

Even though he’s tired of me saying so, I’m going to say thanks one more time. (I know how difficult this is to do as a one-person show, and he’s not only done it for a long time, he’s done a stellar job!)

Don’t worry, he’s not going anywhere! We plan to switch off each week. 🙂

Some reminders from last time:



*** New York has changed over to daylight saving (EDT) ***

For instance, for this week, the time difference between New York and the UK will be 4 hours, instead of the usual 5 hours. Please plan your schedule for entries according to your time zone. (Personally, I recommend the World Clock Meeting Planner from Time and Date.)



Include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry. 


Not too many people are famous enough where their name becomes a part of the general lexicon, but on this day (24 March) in 1874, the incomparable Harry Houdini was born. This Microcosms is inspired by his life, as well as the people and events he is often associated with.

Although he is mostly known today for his escape acts, he actually had a very interesting life. (Don’t believe me? Check out his Wikipedia page!)

Born in Budapest, he moved to the US with his family when he was four years old and began his, let’s say, unusual career choices at just nine years old, when he made his debut as a trapeze artist.

In late October of 1926, Houdini found himself in constant pain for days. He had a 104 °F (40 °C) fever and was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. He was advised to have immediate surgery but took the stage, instead, in what would be his last performance. Sadly, he died on Halloween. 🙁


(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please tweet @microcosmsfic.)


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Police Officer, setting: Movie Set, and genre: Mystery.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set – you can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspires you.

Bonus points if you can incorporate the photo.*

*Not really, but you will have my respect.

*** Once again, be sure to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry. ***

  • Escape Artist
  • Magician
  • Magazine Publisher
  • Runner
  • Trapeze Artist
  • Vaudeville Performer
  • Freemason
  • Police Officer
  • Aviator
  • Actor
  • Psychic/Medium
  • Halloween
  • Someone in a Straightjacket
  • Spiritual Debunker
  • Writer
  • Milk Can (any size)
  • Jail Cell
  • Packing Crate
  • Grave
  • Stage/Theatre
  • Casket/Coffin
  • New York City
  • Europe
  • Movie Set
  • Torture Chamber
  • Australia
  • Tragedy
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Horror
  • Memoir
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction


The judge this week will be last week’s winner Stella Turner. 🙂

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time (EDT) to submit.

*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.

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