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Death Defying Acts

Romantic thriller set in 1926 Edinburgh. A mother and daughter attempt to con Houdini out of the $10,000 prize he offered to anyone able to tell him his mother's dying words.


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Come on, Harry.

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Don't do this to me again!

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Up! Up! Get the bloody thing up now!

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CHEERING

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HOOTER BLARES

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'For some, the Four Winds and the sea bowed down before the Great Houdini.

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'He was a god.

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'That's what it said in my comics.

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'If you were Houdini, you wouldn't be living

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'in a place with a leaking roof, worrying how to pay the coal man.

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'And you wouldn't be sitting on a damp step outside the pawnshop

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'waiting for your mam to hawk her wedding ring.

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'Yet again. No.

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'You'd be inside somewhere warm and cosy eating cake.'

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Rosa, we've got work to do.

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That's the wedding ring, back in the window, is it?

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Only good use I ever had for it.

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Mary McGarvie, a dream come true.

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-Not for you.

-Oi! Leave my man alone, ya' gypsy strumpet.

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I wouldn't have your hand-me-downs if you paid me.

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Tarted-up hussy.

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You frigid old piss-pants!

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Floozie.

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Bloody circumcision.

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-What?

-It's in the Bible.

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Oh, give me that.

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'We were a real double act, my mam and me.

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'It was just us against the cruel world, living by our wits.'

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'Scuse me. 'Scuse me, sir.

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-Sorry.

-Over here, Rose!

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-I told you to wait on the corner.

-Here you are, sir.

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Thank you.

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-You'll be after your usual posy of violets, Mr Robertson?

-Aye.

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There were always her favourites.

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Oh, pockets, eh?

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-Thank you, my dear.

-Thank you, see you tomorrow.

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"To Charles, with never ending love, your Violet."

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'You play the game or you go under.

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'That's what Mam always said.

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'And if it wasn't for her, we would have drowned long ago.'

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Deceased, Violet Robertson.

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Died of heart failure.

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You're that unfortunate?

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It was your long-lost aunt a week ago, was it not?

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My condolences, Mrs McGarvie.

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You're so kind.

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You'll be wanting to...

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Examine the records, no doubt?

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The information you need may be on the tenth shelf.

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Or even the 11th.

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It's the details of those dear departed one later cherishes.

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Don't you think?

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Cherishable details, Mrs McGarvie.

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How right you are.

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Hello again!

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Courtship. Who's the baboon?

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Who are you calling a baboon, you wee...

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Enough monkey play. No juveniles with us, I trust.

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Then this is your last chance to see

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the Tantalising Princess Kali and her Dusky Disciple.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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EASTERN MUSIC PLAYS

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CHEERING AND WOLF-WHISTLING

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Oh, be still, girl!

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-At least that's one of you decent!

-Hurry! Hurry!

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Where've you been?

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Sorry!

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Kali kasbah magicaram.

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-I'm receiving a message.

-About time, eh?

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I sent it a week ago!

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LAUGHTER

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I see a flower...

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-(Gallery, front.)

-Is there anyone here named...

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-..Rose?

-'Aye! Up here! She's up here!

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Darlin', get up!

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That's a lovely pair of red knickers you're wearing tonight, Rose!

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Oh!

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-Get away with you!

-Prove her wrong, hen! Wooh!

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-Show us!

-Go on, Rose!

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There is one I can see...

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Such a lady. Like a queen.

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The lady's in a garden.

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A beautiful garden.

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(Third row.)

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She's like a flower herself.

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Not a rose.

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A deep, dark flower.

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Violet.

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Violet's all alone.

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But there's a space beside her for another.

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One left behind in this world.

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For a moment, I saw a funny wee man in a bowler hat.

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Why, it's Mr Charles Chaplin!

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No.

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Another Charles.

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Charles Robertson.

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Charles!

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Charles!

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Oh, I'm sorry, Charles.

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Violet says you're not looking after yourself. Those cuffs are frayed.

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Violet!

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She wants to say something.

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She says...she's sorry her heart wasnae stronger.

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Do you understand what she means, Charles?

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It's how she went!

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Her heart gave out.

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It's true. It's true.

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Tick-tock, tick-tock.

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Who's the one who's lost his clock?

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-Have you lost something, Charlie?

-I lost my watch!

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It comes.

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It comes!

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From another world, it comes!

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It comes!

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Now!

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GASPS

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There is an inscription, oh wise one.

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No, no, no. Don't tell me!

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I can see it.

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"To Charles,

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"with never-ending love. Your Violet."

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There's a chill wind in the garden.

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-Violet has to go.

-Oh, no.

-Until we meet again. Goodbye, Charles.

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Goodbye.

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-Goodbye.

-Oh, don't go, Violet.

-Don't cling to her, Charles.

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Be patient.

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-Until you meet again.

-'A glimpse of the afterlife?

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'Or just a glimpse of mam? It didn't matter.

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'We gave them what they wanted.

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'Showbiz isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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'The manager skedaddled and owed us for a whole month.

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'Mam said, "See? That's men for you!"

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'And so we ended up livin' in a graveyard.

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'A wee bit before our time.'

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What have you got to laugh about?

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The theatre's closed.

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Those comics won't fill your tummy.

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It's just a wee bit of fun, mam!

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Oh, you sound just like your father.

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"Just a wee bit o' fun, hen."

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Then all of a sudden, there was you!

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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Hurry up!

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Mr Houdini was the greatest trickster of them all.

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And the whole world loved him for it.

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You couldn't imagine someone like that could want for anything at all.

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Feet off!

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Oh, go on, Mam. Read to me.

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It just says what's in the picture. You can read it yourself.

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"On her death bed, Houdini's beloved Mother...

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"...spoke her last words to the Great Man himself.

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"Do Spirits Return? Houdini says, 'Prove it!'

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"Now famous psychics try to discover those secret words."

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"10,000 for whoever transmits his mother's last words."

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No-one could pull off that one, could they?

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How much is 10,000?

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He's coming here! To Edinburgh!

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So he is.

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'Me and mam thought we could take on anyone.

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'Even the Great Houdini.'

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Harry.

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-You still here?

-Where else?

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You look fine, Harry.

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Come on.

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Let's go!

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Hurry up! Hurry up!

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CHEERING

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CHEERING

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Hello, Edinburgh!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Houdini!

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GASPS

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Mr Houdini! We love you, Mr Houdini! We love you! We love you!

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-Welcome back to Scotland, Mr Houdini.

-Thank you, son.

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-That monster Nessie still here?

-Aye, she's still here.

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Well, tell her this time, Harry Houdini will tie a knot

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-in her tail and fling her into the Ocean.

-What about 10,000, Mr Houdini?

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Are you psychic? I never met a reporter who didn't know the truth before it happened.

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-I don't know about that.

-You put me in touch with my mother, it's yours.

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-Still in good shape?

-Never better.

-They say you can take a punch from any man.

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-Get rid of these freeloaders.

-Scared of my boy's punch?

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I'll take your punch, sonny!

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Now, ladies and gentlemen, give us some room, please.

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(Watch yourself, Harry, this mob can smell blood.)

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HE INHALES DEEPLY

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Go on, son!

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CROWD GASPS

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-Have you done it yet?

-CHEERING

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Good luck, Houdini!

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'Yes, the whole world loved Mr Houdini.

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'But it could never be enough.

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'There was something dark inside him.

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'And poor Mr Sugarman's job was to keep that dark side at bay.'

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-It's such an honour to have you with us.

-Hey!

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-Be careful with that trunk, you schmuck!

-Sorry, sir!

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-Mr Houdini's very tired after his journey.

-I'll deal with it, boss.

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Come on. Quick as you can. Quick as you can. There!

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Carefully.

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A dollar? Thank you, sir. Thank Mr Houdini!

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Harry. Are you all right?

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HE GRUNTS

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HE COUGHS

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Harry!

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Are you all right?

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I think I can wipe my own ass, Mr Sugarman, thank you.

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It's OK, Morry. Nothin' to worry about.

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The golden goose is still laying.

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"Houdini's Mother Dies.

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"Houdini In Mourning.

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"Houdini Finds Hope In Spiritualism.

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" 'It's a fake,' says Houdini.

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"Very private man.

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"My greatest ambition is to live and die being worthy of the mother who bore me."

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Another believer Mrs McGarvie,

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I'm always happy for you to

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probe the higher shelves for...those cherishable details.

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SHE COUGHS

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I already have all the details I need.

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Listen to this.

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"Madame Claire de Lune, psychic extraordinaire, respectfully accepts

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-"Mr Houdini's psychic challenge."

-Clair de who?

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Claire de Lune, it's French goddamn it,

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get yourself an education, Sugarman.

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What do you think? I look like a fruit?

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Like a fruit, you look beautiful, Harry.

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-No, I look like a fruit.

-They've got class, I like them.

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You want to look like a fruit, you wear them.

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And as well you know I got an education,

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in law and business management, I got a diploma.

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I bought it in your glorious country.

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Harry, everyone's a fake.

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As soon as you scratch the gold leaves all of these so-called psychics

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are just made of lead, it's all hocus-pocus, mumbo-jumbo.

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-So?

-So, why waste our time?

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I don't want to be remembered for a bunch of dumb stunts.

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For once this ain't about chains and padlocks it's about science.

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It's about proof.

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HE WINCES

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You're pushing yourself too hard, Harry.

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Get off me.

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See this?

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This is from the Scientific American.

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The Scientific American.

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And my psychic experiment is science.

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Showbiz is showbiz, Harry.

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It's not about science, it's about nickels and dimes. Nickels and dimes.

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Yeah, well, you look after the nickels and dimes

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and I'll look after the science.

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DISTANT FACTORY HOOTER BLARES

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'Mistress of the skies, that was my mam.'

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Madam.

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'She could just pluck a character off a shelf and act her as swish as the best of them.

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'And just about managed to convince herself.'

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LIFT BELL PINGS

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They've got two hours to check the tank.

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The boys will be set by the time we get there.

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-Curtain's at eight.

-How's security?

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Like Mrs Glam with a headache.

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Of course...

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"I'm with you, my Harry, even in dreams.

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"Your little darling wife, Bess."

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Little darling wife.

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Excuse me.

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He's mine, I do Mr Houdini. Who do you think you are?

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Who do I think I am?

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I'm the one who does all the bloody work around here.

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CROWD APPLAUDS

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You little thief.

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Come here!

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-I was just looking.

-Yeah, sure you were.

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That's our audience you're kicking in the pants there, Mr Sugarman.

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I'm sure she's OK, you can let her go.

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What's your name, kid?

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Lost your voice, huh?

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When did you last hear it? Oh, wait, I know.

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IN GIRL'S VOICE: "Help! Help! I'm in here.

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"I'm in here. I'm in here. Come on, open up.

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"Open up, open up. Open up."

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How's that for size?

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-Want a sandwich?

-Yes, please, Mr Houdini.

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Ah, the voice fits. A little gummed up still, but it works. What else can you say?

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My name's Benji, Mr Houdini.

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Benji Mr Houdini? I'd drop the second part it's already spoken for,

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just plain Benji sounds good to me.

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Just Plain Benji isn't much of a name either.

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Well, we have a comedienne here, Mr Sugarman.

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Maybe she can do the warm-up. HE GROANS

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I'm not a comedienne, Mr Houdini.

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No? What do you do for a living?

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Rob banks, train fleas, dance the Highland fling?

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Steal from dressing rooms?

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I'm a psychic.

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Well, more a sort of disciple.

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A psychic sidekick, huh?

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The tantalising Princess Kali and her dusky disciple.

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-That's you, huh?

-We were top of the bill at McTavish's Palace.

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Top of the bill at the Palace, eh?

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Well, I think I have a little something for you too.

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Tonight's performance, don't be late.

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SHE GIGGLES

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Thanks, Mr Houdini.

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MR SUGARMAN CLEARS THROAT

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My mam doesn't do tricks, like, it's real, Mr Houdini.

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-It's no jiggery-pokery.

-I'm sure she's great, kid, goodbye.

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-She's got the gift.

-Bye-bye now.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Fellow travellers, dear friends, modern science tells us that life

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had its beginnings in the gloomy depths of the great oceans.

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Our own little lives are but a brief gasp before we plunge back

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down into that dreamy darkness from which there's no return.

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Or is there?

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I, Harry Houdini, shall discover the truth for all of us.

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Naked we emerged from that sea of the unconscious

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and that is how I now propose to travel.

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Lights, please.

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Ladies and gentlemen,

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I entreat you do not attempt to hold your breath in emulation of me.

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May God guide me and have mercy on my immortal soul.

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HE INHALES

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AUDIENCE GASPS

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THEY HOLD THEIR BREATH

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AUDIENCE MUTTERS

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SHE EXHALES

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Mum.

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Mum.

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Harry.

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It's taking too long.

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Get him out!

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AUDIENCE GASPS

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Bravo. Bravo.

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SHE GIGGLES

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-Nearly two minutes over.

-And that's two minutes you didn't know about.

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You don't have to do this, you don't have to push yourself every time.

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Yes, I do.

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# I met Houdini, I met Houdini... #

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I met him, Ma.

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He's got these eyes that just burn through to the back of your head.

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He's incredible, Ma.

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You got caught.

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What did I tell you?

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Rule number one, never get caught.

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So what did you find out?

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Or were you too busy making eyes at him?

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Do you think I like living like this?

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Surrounded by grime and filth and other people's hand-me-downs.

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I want new things...

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nice things...

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I want 10,000.

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Did you find out anything, Mam?

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There wasn't a single personal thing in his hotel suite.

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Like he doesn't exist.

0:31:110:31:13

He had a fancy trunk with his initials on.

0:31:130:31:16

The kind of trunk you keep your secrets in.

0:31:160:31:19

Big trunk.

0:31:190:31:21

That only takes a tiny wee key.

0:31:210:31:24

Now where would Mr Houdini keep a key like that, eh?

0:31:240:31:28

Mmm. And this.

0:31:280:31:32

His mother.

0:31:340:31:36

It's a start, I'll busk the rest.

0:31:380:31:41

Eat your tea, now.

0:31:430:31:45

-Next.

-Good afternoon, Mr Houdini.

0:31:530:31:58

Perhaps a secret message. It's from your mother.

0:31:580:32:02

It's in Hungarian, isn't it, Jock?

0:32:020:32:05

You should have done your homework, Hamish, she didn't speak Hungarian.

0:32:050:32:09

She spoke German. Next.

0:32:090:32:11

-You're a hoofer.

-Aye, sir, a hoofer I am.

0:32:260:32:29

We're interviewing psychics.

0:32:290:32:32

Think of a number...

0:32:320:32:35

Message from your mama, very cold, very cold.

0:32:350:32:39

Message, little Harry, growing old, growing old.

0:32:390:32:42

THEY CHANT

0:32:440:32:47

Macbeth, act one, scene one, right?

0:32:530:32:55

Right, thank you very much, ladies, we'll let your mother know.

0:32:550:32:58

Out you go. Thank you, now, very good.

0:32:580:33:01

-She'll never forgive you, Harry.

-What did you say?

0:33:010:33:04

Forgive me for what? I never hurt her in my goddamn life.

0:33:040:33:07

-What the hell's she talking about, Sugarman?

-10,000 American dollars,

0:33:070:33:11

that's what she's talking about, Harry.

0:33:110:33:13

If God ever permitted an angel to walk the earth it's my mother.

0:33:130:33:16

-Ah, the psychic's sidekick.

-Do I have permission to kick our audience in the pants this time?

0:33:160:33:21

Come on, kid, clear off. Mr Houdini's had enough for one day.

0:33:210:33:25

-Come on.

-It's not me, I told you.

0:33:250:33:28

It's my mam.

0:33:280:33:30

I'm sorry for the intrusion, Mr Houdini. Mr Sugarman, is it?

0:33:320:33:36

HE GRUNTS

0:33:360:33:38

We have a psychic act, me and my daughter, here.

0:33:400:33:42

Not such a wonderful act, really.

0:33:420:33:45

I wear somewhat of a revealing costume.

0:33:450:33:48

I pretend to see those on the other side, sometimes I really do.

0:33:480:33:54

My mother would have called it a travesty, waste of a God-given gift,

0:33:540:33:58

she used hers for healing, didn't she, Benji?

0:33:580:34:01

Maybe I should have made more of mine, but...

0:34:010:34:04

there's no man at home and there's bread to put on the table.

0:34:040:34:07

I'm sorry, Mr Houdini, I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.

0:34:110:34:15

Last night I dreamed a dream.

0:34:170:34:19

I saw someone I've never met, in a place I've never been.

0:34:200:34:24

A lady in a garden.

0:34:260:34:28

Her hair was silver and she was small,

0:34:290:34:32

wearing a black dress.

0:34:320:34:35

And she was waving as if...

0:34:350:34:38

beckoning someone to her.

0:34:380:34:40

Does it mean something to you, Mr Houdini?

0:34:400:34:42

It means you read the New York Times, Mrs er...

0:34:420:34:45

McGarvie.

0:34:450:34:47

It was the Herald Tribune, actually.

0:34:470:34:49

That picture was syndicated all-over.

0:34:490:34:51

Sometimes it works.

0:34:510:34:52

Sometimes you have to help it along, is that a sin?

0:34:520:34:56

I read a page...

0:35:000:35:02

..I hear words...

0:35:050:35:07

yet spoken.

0:35:070:35:08

But they all seem like shapes

0:35:130:35:15

and colours to me now.

0:35:150:35:17

I'm sorry. Did you say something?

0:35:220:35:25

No, I...

0:35:250:35:26

It's you...

0:35:280:35:31

I think you're the one we've been waiting for.

0:35:310:35:34

'It was as if the earth stopped turning.

0:35:340:35:36

'That's what they say in the great romances, isn't it?

0:35:360:35:39

'But we didn't know the half of it.'

0:35:400:35:43

Are you sure you know what you're doing, Harry?

0:36:010:36:03

Oh, come on. It's got to be a sign.

0:36:030:36:06

You were there, you saw her.

0:36:060:36:07

Change that to scrupulous scientific conditions.

0:36:070:36:10

-Scrupulous?

-Mm.

0:36:120:36:13

There are more things in heaven and earth

0:36:190:36:21

than in all your audit books, Mr Shakespeare.

0:36:210:36:24

More than 10,000?

0:36:240:36:26

Mr Harry Houdini announces the most extraordinary experiment ever staged

0:36:280:36:34

by modern science that will prove beyond all reasonable doubt

0:36:340:36:39

the existence of an afterlife.

0:36:390:36:41

APPLAUSE

0:36:410:36:43

Sealed inside this envelope,

0:36:460:36:49

Mr Houdini has written the last words spoken to him by his dear departed mother.

0:36:490:36:55

Known only to him, and shared with no-one.

0:36:550:36:59

APPLAUSE

0:37:010:37:02

This safe will be lodged at the Royal Bank of Scotland

0:37:040:37:08

until the day of the psychic experiment, which will

0:37:080:37:12

be conducted under scrupulous scientific conditions

0:37:120:37:16

in front of the world's press.

0:37:160:37:18

Mr Houdini intends to contact the departed soul of his beloved mother.

0:37:180:37:24

Oh!

0:37:240:37:26

We've died and gone to heaven.

0:37:310:37:33

Look at the castle, Mam!

0:37:420:37:44

And I can see right up Princes Street

0:37:440:37:46

all the way to the Scott Monument.

0:37:460:37:48

Oh. It smells of heather, and it's all free!

0:37:490:37:53

Nothing in this world is free.

0:37:530:37:56

Come Sunday, if we don't deliver the secret words

0:37:560:37:59

that Mr Houdini wants to hear, all this goes - just vanishes.

0:37:590:38:03

But he's taken a real shine to us. The plan's working.

0:38:030:38:07

That's as maybe.

0:38:070:38:10

But something is going on.

0:38:100:38:11

It's too easy.

0:38:110:38:13

I didn't do a thing.

0:38:130:38:15

KNOCKING

0:38:150:38:16

Benji!

0:38:160:38:17

Oh. Come in.

0:38:240:38:26

Madam, from Mr Houdini.

0:38:280:38:30

-Why, thank you very much.

-Madam.

0:38:320:38:35

What does it say?

0:38:370:38:39

He's invited me to take luncheon.

0:38:410:38:44

Mam, this is it!

0:38:440:38:46

This is what we want.

0:38:460:38:48

But what does Mr Houdini want?

0:38:510:38:53

Would you stop skipping for a minute?

0:38:550:38:57

SCREECHING, WHOOPING

0:38:570:38:59

Excuse me, we've got kids here!

0:39:090:39:10

Women and children, you've got male and female in the same cage here!

0:39:100:39:14

-Ought to be a law against it.

-It's nature, Mr Sugarman.

0:39:140:39:16

Well, maybe nature should learn a bit of decency.

0:39:160:39:19

-Monkeys are just like you and me.

-You speak for yourself.

0:39:190:39:22

You're no different - the great Houdini says jump and you jump.

0:39:220:39:26

You're just a dancing monkey.

0:39:260:39:28

Let's go and look at the aquarium,

0:39:290:39:31

they've got sharks and underwater tortoises and all sorts.

0:39:310:39:36

Do you want to know something, sweetheart?

0:39:360:39:38

What's that, Mr Sugarman?

0:39:380:39:41

You ain't going to take my Mr Houdini for that ten grand.

0:39:430:39:46

'Mam and I were keeping them guessing.

0:39:570:39:59

'Luckily, men are fools for a bit of glitter and a borrowed frock.'

0:39:590:40:04

-Madam.

-Mrs McGarvie.

0:40:040:40:07

Forgive the intimacy of our little restaurant.

0:40:090:40:12

News hounds are everywhere.

0:40:120:40:13

I've never stayed in a place like this before.

0:40:130:40:16

Something to tell the grandchildren!

0:40:160:40:18

-You got the flowers OK?

-Oh, enough for a wedding.

0:40:180:40:22

-Won't you sit down, please?

-Men don't spend money on flowers

0:40:220:40:26

just because they enjoy the smell of them.

0:40:260:40:28

Oh, I just meant to be friendly. Are you sure you won't sit down?

0:40:280:40:32

Is this part of the audition?

0:40:320:40:34

Sit down, please.

0:40:340:40:37

Oh.

0:40:460:40:48

Pick anything you like.

0:40:510:40:52

It's all in foreign...

0:41:030:41:04

Do what I do - pick a high number, you can't go wrong.

0:41:040:41:07

That, I'll have that one, please.

0:41:120:41:14

That's bread, madam.

0:41:140:41:17

-I'll have the same, bread all round. Plain and simple.

-Of course, sir.

0:41:170:41:21

Bread, plain and simple.

0:41:210:41:23

And champagne for the lady, best in the house.

0:41:230:41:25

Mrs McGarvie, this isn't me, all of this.

0:41:280:41:31

I was raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.

0:41:310:41:33

I sold paper, shined shoes and did conjuring tricks.

0:41:330:41:36

-Just a regular Joe.

-You've done your research, right?

0:41:360:41:39

You know everything there is to know about me already.

0:41:390:41:43

Not everything.

0:41:430:41:45

A little old-fashioned, maybe, but I like them. If you'll allow me...

0:41:460:41:50

I'm not a wee girl, Mr Houdini.

0:41:590:42:01

Harry, please.

0:42:040:42:05

What is it you want, Mr Houdini?

0:42:070:42:10

I want to treat you as the lady you so clearly are.

0:42:100:42:13

-That's all?

-You're special, Mrs McGarvie.

0:42:160:42:21

You have a gift.

0:42:210:42:22

'The truth was she couldn't read him and she let him get under her skin.'

0:42:220:42:28

We went on the big wheel and Mr Sugarman was sick.

0:42:280:42:31

Back where I come from, Mr Sugarman, we always acknowledge a lady.

0:42:320:42:36

Mrs McGarvie, I do apologise.

0:42:360:42:39

I hardly recognised you.

0:42:410:42:42

I don't have the time, or the inclination, to figure out what it is you really want.

0:42:450:42:49

So I'll just leave you and Mr Sugarman to your silly games.

0:42:490:42:54

-Mrs McGarvie, please.

-Benji.

0:42:540:42:55

Mrs McGarvie!

0:42:550:42:57

Harry, come here. Harry, you run after her now, make a scene,

0:42:570:43:01

it'll be all over the papers in the morning.

0:43:010:43:04

Then where is your great experiment?

0:43:040:43:06

Harry! Rise and shine.

0:43:410:43:45

Harry!

0:43:450:43:47

-What time is it?

-It's late.

0:43:470:43:48

What did you let me sleep through for?

0:43:480:43:50

Get yourself a louder bell, Sugarman.

0:43:500:43:52

Gentlemen of the press, one o'clock, worshipful company of locksmiths,

0:43:560:44:00

2.30 and St Andrew's orphanage, four o'clock.

0:44:000:44:04

-Let's buy a bunch of shoes for the kids.

-Shoes?

0:44:060:44:09

It's all right, Mam, he's going to be ages.

0:44:190:44:21

Sorry, Mam, I couldn't help it.

0:44:270:44:29

Come on, kid. Harry, do you want me...

0:44:290:44:32

You want to look inside Pandora's box, huh?

0:44:340:44:36

Take a peek at the real Houdini?

0:44:360:44:39

All yours. No psychic gifts required.

0:44:420:44:46

No?

0:44:460:44:48

You disappoint me.

0:44:500:44:52

Here was me thinking you was the genuine article,

0:44:520:44:56

solid gold, through and through.

0:44:560:44:59

I was embarrassed to ask.

0:44:590:45:01

I just needed something.

0:45:010:45:03

A personal item, a wee token, a handkerchief, that's all.

0:45:030:45:08

You see, it helps me channel the energy, my psychic energy.

0:45:080:45:12

Your psychic energy?

0:45:120:45:13

I've seen mediums, crystal gazers, palmists, spirit guides,

0:45:130:45:17

theatres fit to bust with psychic energy, Mrs McGarvie,

0:45:170:45:21

and do you know something?

0:45:210:45:22

Until someone proves me wrong, it's all moonshine,

0:45:220:45:25

con artists and cheap chiselers out to fleece poor folks

0:45:250:45:29

looking for a little peace of mind.

0:45:290:45:31

So that's what this whole charade's about?

0:45:310:45:34

Proving the great Houdini wrong.

0:45:340:45:37

I wasn't referring to you personally, Mrs McGarvie.

0:45:390:45:42

-Here. For your...psychic energy.

-Thank you.

0:45:460:45:50

10,000 doesn't mean much to you, does it? It's just a game.

0:45:520:45:57

Don't mean that much to me?

0:45:570:45:58

When I was a kid, we used to sleep seven in a bed half this size.

0:45:580:46:01

Harry Houdini knows what it means to be cold and hungry and without a dime.

0:46:010:46:05

The difference is you left all that behind, didn't you?

0:46:050:46:11

This is the latest in slumber science I'll have you know,

0:46:120:46:15

internally sprung, just like me.

0:46:150:46:17

You never sleep that peaceful again, do you?

0:46:210:46:23

I don't think I've slept right since I was nine years old.

0:46:230:46:27

-Not at all?

-Not a wink since I got a bed to myself.

0:46:270:46:30

You should start inviting people in!

0:46:300:46:34

I just can't hardly remember the old days.

0:46:340:46:36

The real days.

0:46:380:46:39

Like it was somebody else's dream.

0:46:390:46:42

Would you like to see something real, Mr Houdini?

0:46:450:46:48

VIBRANT FOLK MUSIC

0:46:500:46:52

-How am I doing?

-Oh, you could pass for a native.

0:47:100:47:12

When in Rome, that's what my ma always used to say.

0:47:120:47:15

I wish you could have met her.

0:47:150:47:17

You'd have got on like a house on fire.

0:47:170:47:19

Don't go giving away too much about her. They'd say we cheated.

0:47:190:47:23

Cheated? No. I'm not like those fakers, Mary, those cheap chislers.

0:47:230:47:27

I'm like you - just trying to earn an honest dollar.

0:47:270:47:30

Heads or tails?

0:47:320:47:34

Um...you choose.

0:47:350:47:38

Then I choose neither.

0:47:380:47:40

My penny for your dollar.

0:47:400:47:43

-Heads or tails?

-You choose.

0:47:430:47:45

Magic.

0:47:510:47:53

Magic.

0:47:530:47:55

Don't you love it?

0:47:550:47:57

I used to practise card tricks and table magic eight hours a day.

0:47:570:48:00

-Really?

-I studied locks and handcuffs for five years. I got to know them all back to front.

0:48:000:48:04

I used to run ten miles a day, push weights for two hours.

0:48:040:48:07

-You couldn't have had much time for anything else.

-I made time.

0:48:070:48:10

Do you know, when I was a kid, I was Eric, prince of the air.

0:48:100:48:13

I told Mama I'd be a flyer, done that, told her I'd be a movie star, done that too.

0:48:130:48:17

Swore I'd be the greatest escape man in the world.

0:48:170:48:20

Made all my wishes come true, but I had my own piece of immortality.

0:48:200:48:23

Mr Houdini, sir, could I get your autograph?

0:48:230:48:25

Of course you can.

0:48:250:48:28

-Thank you.

-Shh. Quiet.

0:48:320:48:34

(Thank you!)

0:48:340:48:36

You're OK - you've got your own piece of immortality right there.

0:48:380:48:41

-Who, Benji?

-Yeah.

0:48:410:48:43

You don't have children, I can tell. They make you old before your time.

0:48:430:48:47

That ain't so, you're the living proof.

0:48:470:48:51

The tantalising Princess Kali and her dusky disciple.

0:48:510:48:55

-Sounds like a fun act.

-Hard graft.

0:48:550:48:58

If I fail, we starve.

0:48:590:49:02

Well, I fail and I die.

0:49:020:49:04

I don't think you want to get involved with someone like me, Mr Houdini.

0:49:120:49:16

Well, maybe I do.

0:49:210:49:24

EXCITED CHATTER

0:49:280:49:30

LAUGHTER

0:49:400:49:42

Ready?

0:49:460:49:48

-Come on!

-Ha-ha!

0:49:510:49:53

Wait for me!

0:49:550:49:56

-It's locked!

-Are you sure about that?

0:50:030:50:05

After you.

0:50:080:50:10

Benji! Stay away from the edge!

0:50:240:50:26

Look at that! It's beautiful.

0:50:330:50:38

Ladies and gentlemen!

0:50:430:50:45

I am to be suspended from the roof

0:50:460:50:49

of the very heavens with neither net nor harness.

0:50:490:50:52

Only a five-strand rope will prevent me from plummeting earthwards,

0:50:520:50:57

dashing my brains to a thousand pieces.

0:50:570:50:59

May God have mercy on my immortal soul.

0:50:590:51:02

No!

0:51:040:51:06

Oh, no, I can't.

0:51:160:51:18

Oh, come on.

0:51:180:51:19

A foot in both worlds.

0:51:190:51:22

Oh, I can't look.

0:51:250:51:27

Mary...

0:51:470:51:49

I guess I want to make it last.

0:51:510:51:53

No!

0:51:550:51:57

Mam!

0:51:570:51:59

THEY GIGGLE

0:52:010:52:04

HE WHISTLES

0:52:040:52:06

How did you do that?

0:52:060:52:08

Magic.

0:52:090:52:10

Ladies and gentlemen.

0:52:150:52:16

Ladies and gentlemen!

0:52:160:52:18

I beg your indulgence.

0:52:180:52:20

The Maestro Houdini has been taken ill with the condition

0:52:200:52:24

-of severe nervous exhaustion.

-AUDIENCE BOOS

0:52:240:52:28

There will be... There will be a refund available from noon tomorrow.

0:52:280:52:31

ANGRY SHOUTING

0:52:310:52:34

Mr Houdini sends his regrets...

0:52:340:52:37

'To look into deep water and see things on the other side.

0:53:000:53:04

'Mr Houdini would've given anything to do that.

0:53:040:53:08

'It's a gift some are given,

0:53:080:53:10

'whether you want it or not.'

0:53:100:53:12

Mam!

0:53:220:53:24

Help me! Mam!

0:53:290:53:33

Not asleep?

0:53:550:53:57

-What happened...with him?

-Nothing happened with him.

0:53:590:54:05

Harry's a gentleman.

0:54:050:54:06

So you didn't get the key, then?

0:54:080:54:11

I'm not sure I care so much about the key any more.

0:54:110:54:14

We're in it for the money, remember.

0:54:160:54:18

Not for a roll in the hay like you did with my dad.

0:54:180:54:21

'That was when I saw it for real.

0:54:250:54:27

'Mam was in love.

0:54:270:54:29

'And the trouble with love is this -

0:54:290:54:32

'some people get left out.'

0:54:320:54:35

"Harry Houdini Disappears."

0:54:350:54:37

"Harry Houdini Misses Show."

0:54:370:54:39

"Harry Houdini Messes Up."

0:54:390:54:41

This whole psychic thing is taking over.

0:54:410:54:43

Do you hear me? It's taking over!

0:54:430:54:46

These are from your wife. Did you remember you had a wife?

0:54:470:54:51

She's wiring you twice a day

0:54:510:54:52

and you're going ga-ga over some schiksa with a cute line in chat!

0:54:520:54:56

Mrs McGarvie's a lady. And I won't have you forget it.

0:54:560:54:59

We've got to get our priorities in order.

0:55:010:55:03

All right, Harry. I quit.

0:55:060:55:08

You want to play poker with me, Morry?

0:55:100:55:13

First, I'm "pushing it to the wire".

0:55:150:55:18

And now the "psychic thing" is taking over.

0:55:200:55:22

About time you got your priorities sorted, don't you think?

0:55:230:55:26

C'mon, buckle me up.

0:55:300:55:32

Put your shoulders back.

0:56:060:56:08

You're walkin' like an old man, ya moustache Pete.

0:56:080:56:12

'It was up to me and Mr Sugarman to keep things on the right path.

0:56:210:56:25

'The Great Houdini had fallen for Mam, all right.

0:56:270:56:31

'But it was as if he didn't want to admit it.

0:56:310:56:34

'Or couldn't.

0:56:340:56:35

'Maybe the secret that Mr Houdini had locked away in his heart

0:56:490:56:53

'was going to be a way out for all of us.'

0:56:530:56:56

KNOCKING

0:57:120:57:13

Mr Houdini gets some funny ideas in his head sometimes, you know.

0:57:190:57:23

Seven year itch, Mr Sugarman?

0:57:230:57:25

All marriages go through a rocky patch.

0:57:250:57:28

Mr Houdini has a most exceptional marriage.

0:57:280:57:30

Mr and Mrs Houdini are soul mates. They're like brother and sister.

0:57:300:57:34

-There's the problem, then.

-That sort of talk give you a thrill, does it?

0:57:340:57:38

What do you want, Mr Sugarman?

0:57:380:57:40

What do I want?

0:57:400:57:41

Do you know what this is?

0:57:440:57:45

This is 500 Scottish pound notes.

0:57:470:57:52

I want you to take them and I want you to disappear.

0:57:520:57:56

-I'm not sure I want to disappear.

-Yeah, you do.

0:58:000:58:04

What schtick you going to pull to earn that 10,000, eh?

0:58:040:58:07

It's not going to happen. It's specific.

0:58:070:58:09

Specific words he wants to hear. Take the money.

0:58:090:58:13

It's not on offer forever.

0:58:130:58:15

If I fail Mr Houdini's challenge, you'll never see me again anyway.

0:58:150:58:19

So why are you so worried?

0:58:190:58:21

He's right.

0:58:230:58:25

-You are special.

-Thank you very much.

0:58:250:58:28

You don't know how special.

0:58:300:58:32

You have no idea.

0:58:320:58:34

But you're going to find out.

0:58:370:58:40

You don't scare me, Mr Sugarman.

0:58:400:58:42

We're going dancing.

0:58:440:58:46

Dancing?

0:58:460:58:48

Oh! Oh, yes.

0:58:480:58:51

It's a dance he's taking you on, all right.

0:58:510:58:53

You're way out of your depth on this one, Mrs McGarvie.

0:58:560:58:59

Believe me.

0:58:590:59:00

Shh! We're all incognito.

0:59:250:59:27

Polka. Polka! Come on, dance. We've all got to dance.

0:59:270:59:30

Shake a leg, Mr Sugarman.

0:59:300:59:32

Come on, you old moustache Pete.

0:59:360:59:40

What do you think? Do people choose the night to do strange things,

0:59:400:59:43

or is it the dark that makes them act funny?

0:59:430:59:46

-It's the night, Harry.

-Of course.

0:59:460:59:47

You do things you wouldn't normally do.

0:59:470:59:50

Ask all kinds of questions.

0:59:500:59:52

Like the ones you never asked last night?

0:59:520:59:56

Foxtrot.

0:59:560:59:57

I've had enough.

0:59:591:00:00

Like men friends? Fathers? Mr McGarvies? You never asked.

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Maybe I didn't want to know the answers.

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Waste of time, all three of them.

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Haven't seen him this crazy...

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since his mother died.

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That's not crazy, Mr Sugarman.

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That's love.

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You're a good dancer.

1:00:351:00:37

I've never danced like this before.

1:00:371:00:39

I thought you'd have a girl in every port.

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No. Tango.

1:00:411:00:44

You'll be leaving, won't you?

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Montreal. Final date. You'll go home.

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-Chicken soup for supper.

-Is it Mrs Houdini who makes this soup?

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Cook makes the soup.

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Mrs Houdini serves it up. You'd like her.

1:01:181:01:21

I can't see us washing dishes together.

1:01:211:01:24

Maid does the dishes.

1:01:241:01:26

Things change, Mary.

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I'm the Great Houdini. I make things the way I want them to be.

1:01:271:01:31

-You can't.

-Oh, I can. Believe me.

1:01:311:01:33

Stop it.

1:01:331:01:35

This is real. I'm real.

1:01:351:01:37

-What's happening to me?

-You're dancing, Mary.

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Well, I don't want to dance any more.

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Hey.

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Don't worry, kid.

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There's no future in it.

1:01:521:01:54

I've got something that might interest you.

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Mam!

1:02:141:02:16

Mr Sugarman doesn't like you.

1:02:201:02:23

Says you're just a gold-digger.

1:02:231:02:25

You don't listen to any word that Mr Sugarman says. Got it?

1:02:251:02:29

But, Mam...

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-Mam.

-What?

1:02:301:02:33

Mr Sugarman's on our side.

1:02:331:02:35

Go on, Mam...

1:02:451:02:47

A dress.

1:03:031:03:04

-It's his mother.

-She looks like you.

1:03:191:03:22

You're the absolute image of her, when she was young.

1:03:221:03:26

Took my breath away.

1:03:261:03:28

Our Mr Houdini was closer to his mother than most sons ever dream of.

1:03:281:03:35

Maybe all this does something for you? Hm?

1:03:381:03:42

Like I said, Mrs McGarvie, way out of your depth.

1:03:421:03:46

-I thought you people were smart.

-We are.

1:03:561:04:00

We're here for the star prize.

1:04:001:04:02

But you need the words.

1:04:021:04:04

You need his mother's dying words.

1:04:041:04:06

-It doesn't matter, Mam.

-No, no.

1:04:061:04:08

I'd put on his Mam's pinny if I had to.

1:04:081:04:11

I'd dress him, feed him, clean him, whatever it takes.

1:04:111:04:15

You want me gone?

1:04:151:04:17

Well, you better start helping me, Mr Sugarman.

1:04:171:04:20

If anyone knows the words, you do.

1:04:201:04:23

-You win the ten grand and you disappear, right?

-That was always the deal.

1:04:231:04:27

I used to be a nice man, you know.

1:04:291:04:32

Can you believe it? I just got old and mean.

1:04:321:04:39

There aren't any words.

1:04:461:04:48

At least, if there were, Harry Houdini never heard them.

1:04:481:04:51

He was doing a show. Oh, he talks like he was there.

1:04:511:04:55

He gives you every detail, makes himself weep.

1:04:551:04:58

I've heard it a million times.

1:04:581:05:00

His big regret. His deepest guilt.

1:05:001:05:03

The moment his mother needed him most...

1:05:031:05:05

..he wasn't there.

1:05:071:05:09

'At last.

1:05:151:05:17

'All Mr Houdini's secrets were out in the open.

1:05:171:05:20

'The question was, what would Mam do with his future?

1:05:231:05:28

'Give him a glimpse of the afterlife,

1:05:281:05:30

'or a bitter-sweet taste of the here and now?

1:05:301:05:34

'Love or money?'

1:05:341:05:36

The safe is untouched. You have my word on it.

1:05:381:05:41

Aye, Chief Constable. Good.

1:05:411:05:44

Mr Houdini asks that you wear his mother's wedding dress, Madam,

1:05:441:05:50

in order to channel the psychic energy, you understand.

1:05:501:05:53

Look at it, child.

1:06:001:06:03

Just look at it.

1:06:031:06:05

He doesn't want me. He just wants his mama.

1:06:081:06:12

-Mr Houdini!

-Mr Houdini!

-What do you hope to prove by this experiment?

1:06:181:06:23

Ah, the psychic reporter.

1:06:231:06:24

-We know the truth before it happens, right?

-Not this time.

1:06:241:06:27

This experiment is a battle between love and death, gentlemen.

1:06:271:06:30

Is death final, or will love triumph?

1:06:301:06:32

-Place your bets, please!

-What odds would you put on that, Mr Houdini?

1:06:321:06:37

Well, there's a headline, boys. Houdini says, "Is Death Final?" THEY LAUGH

1:06:371:06:42

Ladies and gentlemen. Fellow investigators.

1:06:431:06:47

The aim of the Scottish Institute for Psychical Research

1:06:471:06:51

is to evaluate the evidence for the paranormal

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under the strictest scientific conditions.

1:06:531:06:56

I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, no phantom escapes us.

1:06:561:07:01

-LAUGHTER We want Houdini!

-I'm tired of waitin'!

-Come on!

1:07:011:07:04

CROWD BAYS

1:07:041:07:06

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:07:091:07:12

As my dear mother lay dying,

1:07:161:07:20

departing this Earth for a better place,

1:07:201:07:23

she spoke her last sweet words to me.

1:07:231:07:25

Her devoted son.

1:07:251:07:29

Those words are engraved upon my heart.

1:07:291:07:31

My heart, ladies and gentlemen.

1:07:311:07:34

Those words are known only to me.

1:07:341:07:38

If Mrs McGarvie's psychic gift is genuine,

1:07:391:07:42

God willing, she shall receive

1:07:421:07:44

-those last words from the other side and transmit them to us today.

-DOOR OPENS

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CROWD MURMURS

1:07:481:07:50

'Mam looked beautiful.

1:07:561:07:58

'Like an angel.

1:07:581:08:01

'Maybe Mr Houdini saw her,

1:08:011:08:03

'or maybe he saw his own sweet mother.

1:08:031:08:06

'It didn't matter.

1:08:081:08:10

'In that moment, she was everything he'd been waiting for.'

1:08:101:08:16

There is no trickery here, ladies and gentlemen.

1:08:221:08:25

There is only faith and hope.

1:08:251:08:27

Mrs McGarvie. Are you ready?

1:08:291:08:32

-EXPLOSION

-Mama, can you hear me?

1:08:521:08:56

Dear little Mother...

1:08:591:09:01

Mama, please try.

1:09:061:09:09

Ehrich's here. Your good boy's here.

1:09:091:09:13

-I can't do this. I can't take your money.

-Mary, wait.

1:09:481:09:52

BENJI WHIMPERS

1:09:521:09:55

CROWD GASPS

1:09:551:09:58

SHE SPEAKS IN TONGUES

1:09:581:10:01

-IN GERMAN ACCENT:

-Ehrich...?

1:10:031:10:06

Ehrich...? Where are you?

1:10:061:10:10

Go to your mother. I need you.

1:10:101:10:13

Come, Ehrich.

1:10:151:10:16

Your Mama's so alone.

1:10:161:10:20

So afraid.

1:10:201:10:21

-Ich bin hier, Mama.

-Wo bist du?

1:10:241:10:27

Why you not come to me?

1:10:291:10:31

-Mama, I'm here.

-Where are you?

1:10:311:10:34

Mein gutes kind...

1:10:341:10:36

-Mama, I tried to get there...

-I can't see you!

-I tried to get there...

1:10:361:10:40

-Mama can't see you.

-..I had to finish the show. Mama, I'm sorry.

1:10:401:10:46

I'm sorry, Mama. Es tut mir leid, Mama.

1:10:461:10:50

Es tut mir leid. Mama, forgive me.

1:10:501:10:54

-Forgive me, Mama...!

-HE SOBS

1:10:571:11:00

Oh, Mama...!

1:11:001:11:02

FAINT WHISPERING

1:11:081:11:11

WHISPERING SUBSIDES

1:11:111:11:14

He's waitin' for you.

1:11:171:11:19

The angel with fire-red hair.

1:11:191:11:21

Got wings too.

1:11:211:11:23

Clock says noon, sun goes black.

1:11:231:11:27

Watch out. Here he comes.

1:11:271:11:30

CROWD GASPS Benji!

1:11:311:11:34

CLAMOURING

1:11:341:11:37

The envelope! The envelope!

1:11:371:11:41

-The paper is blank!

-There's naught on the paper!

1:11:411:11:44

-There are no words!

-Can you explain this, please?

1:11:441:11:48

Mr Houdini! Explain! What does it mean?

1:11:491:11:52

To my eternal shame, I...

1:11:551:11:57

I never got there. I was... I was too late. I'm sorry.

1:11:591:12:04

-CLAMOURING

-Harry! Are you all right, Harry?

1:12:041:12:07

'It wasn't death that scared Mr Houdini.

1:12:241:12:27

'He'd been diving into deep water all his life.

1:12:271:12:31

'What scared him was the truth.

1:12:311:12:35

'It wasn't his body that was in chains.

1:12:351:12:39

'It was his heart.'

1:12:391:12:40

God have mercy on my immortal soul.

1:13:331:13:35

DOG BARKS

1:14:011:14:04

DOOR OPENS, DOG BARKS AGAIN

1:14:071:14:11

Thanks for the money.

1:14:221:14:24

Or have you come to take it back?

1:14:271:14:29

It's not really about the money, is it?

1:14:291:14:32

-Well, look what you've done to me.

-I only made you fall in love.

1:14:321:14:36

Don't flatter yourself.

1:14:361:14:37

-I'm sorry.

-That's all fine, then.

1:14:371:14:40

Your Mama forgives you. Now you can get out.

1:14:401:14:42

-Mary...

-That was not love.

1:14:421:14:45

That was infatuation.

1:14:451:14:47

Another dance.

1:14:471:14:49

What was it? A Polka or a foxtrot?

1:14:491:14:52

Another fling. Just another fling.

1:14:521:14:55

But it never quite happened, did it?

1:14:561:14:59

-Why was that?

-I'd never been there before.

1:14:591:15:01

-I didn't understand what was happening.

-Don't touch me.

1:15:011:15:05

-I didn't mean that. That ain't what I want.

-So what does the Great Houdini want?

1:15:051:15:09

Cos he doesn't want me.

1:15:091:15:12

I'm not your little darling wife, and I'm certainly not your mama.

1:15:121:15:16

-Mary, I'm afraid.

-Afraid of what?

1:15:161:15:19

-Of me?

-Afraid of myself. Of what I feel for you, what I want.

1:15:191:15:24

I love you, Mary.

1:15:261:15:27

But... But it's just shameful.

1:15:301:15:34

Shameful? Who taught you that?

1:15:351:15:37

It's not shameful, Harry.

1:15:421:15:45

It's what men and women do.

1:15:451:15:47

It keeps the winter at bay. The loneliness at bay.

1:15:491:15:53

And sometimes, if you're really lucky...

1:15:551:15:57

..down amongst the sweaty sheets, you find a tiny bit of true human love.

1:15:581:16:03

Did you ever find it?

1:16:051:16:06

-A tiny bit of love?

-No.

1:16:071:16:09

Not once.

1:16:111:16:13

They say it's easy, Harry.

1:16:211:16:24

They say it's like falling.

1:16:241:16:25

No, falling's easy.

1:16:251:16:27

I don't know if I've got the nerve for this.

1:16:271:16:30

Me neither.

1:16:341:16:35

-Do you know what it was made me fall for you?

-No.

1:16:501:16:55

I mean, really you.

1:16:551:16:56

You looked so fierce.

1:17:001:17:02

A fighter.

1:17:031:17:05

I don't much like me.

1:17:071:17:09

Well, I do.

1:17:111:17:13

-It's easy, isn't it?

-Just like falling.

1:17:301:17:34

SHE WHIMPERS

1:17:461:17:49

'Mr Houdini never asked about the strange words that came out of me.

1:17:551:18:00

'He never asked where I got them from either.

1:18:001:18:03

'He believed in me.'

1:18:051:18:07

Harry...

1:18:351:18:36

You'll catch your death.

1:18:491:18:50

No. Quite the reverse.

1:18:521:18:54

HORN BLARES

1:19:191:19:22

So, off to Montreal, is it?

1:19:381:19:41

Last one, last time.

1:19:411:19:44

-No promises?

-No.

1:19:441:19:49

You saved me, Mrs McGarvie.

1:19:551:19:57

You saved yourself...Mr Houdini.

1:19:571:20:01

You saved me, too.

1:20:051:20:08

Lost your voice, huh?

1:20:291:20:32

When did you last hear it?

1:20:321:20:34

Take care of your mama for me. Hey, I'll see you again.

1:20:421:20:46

Harry!

1:20:461:20:48

Ma'am.

1:21:071:21:08

ENGINE STARTS UP

1:21:161:21:19

Angel with fiery red hair. Clock says noon, sun goes black.

1:21:371:21:42

Watch out, here he comes.

1:21:421:21:45

Just gave him what he wanted, it was easy.

1:21:451:21:47

You're going soft, you are.

1:21:491:21:51

It's like Mr Sugarman says, it's all just showbiz mumbo-jumbo.

1:21:521:21:57

All we've got is what we can touch and see.

1:21:571:21:59

That's my girl.

1:22:041:22:05

'When I was very small, I had a gift.

1:22:141:22:18

'I saw things other folk didnae see.

1:22:181:22:21

'As I grew up, the gift vanished, just like my mam said it would.

1:22:231:22:27

'But mam was wrong.'

1:22:291:22:31

CLAMOURING

1:22:311:22:34

Let them get a good look.

1:22:361:22:38

Harry!

1:22:441:22:46

?Are you going to follow in your mother's footsteps, Benji?

1:22:461:22:50

Benji, give us a look, you know, the psychic look. Yes!

1:22:501:22:53

Just had the message direct from heaven.

1:22:531:22:57

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:22:571:23:00

-Bravo!

-Get back.

1:23:051:23:06

Hello, Montreal!

1:23:091:23:10

CHEERING Mr Houdini!

1:23:101:23:12

I'm a student at the college, studying business management.

1:23:121:23:15

-Business management?

-My friend wants to shake your hand.

-Pleased to meet you.

1:23:151:23:19

You can take a punch, right?

1:23:191:23:21

-Any punch!

-Get these kids out of here!

1:23:211:23:24

BELL TOLLS

1:23:251:23:28

-Isn't that right, Mr Houdini?

-What did you say?

-Trick or treat!

1:23:281:23:32

HE GROANS, CROWD GASPS

1:23:321:23:34

KO'd in the first round!

1:23:341:23:38

Mam, what's wrong?

1:23:431:23:44

-BACK! GET BACK! GET BACK!

-I didn't mean to hit him so hard.

1:23:541:23:58

Oh, I saw that one comin'.

1:23:581:23:59

-SOMEONE GET A DOCTOR!

-Yes, sir, right away, sir.

1:23:591:24:03

You're going to be OK, Harry.

1:24:031:24:05

-I don't know.

-WILL SOMEBODY CALL A BLOODY DOCTOR?!

1:24:051:24:09

-My stomach...

-You're going to be fine, Harry...

1:24:091:24:14

Oh, God, forgive me.

1:24:141:24:16

I told them, Harry.

1:24:161:24:18

That stuff about your mother, I... I told them.

1:24:181:24:21

I know. I know you did, Mr Sugarman.

1:24:221:24:26

Oh... Catch me...

1:24:261:24:30

SHE SOBS

1:25:361:25:39

-Shh...

-My...Houdini...

1:26:001:26:03

'The Great Houdini changed our lives,

1:26:251:26:28

'and, for a wee short while, we taught him how to love.

1:26:281:26:32

'And me and Mam,

1:26:341:26:37

'we had the here and now,

1:26:371:26:39

'and we had each other.'

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A romantic thriller set in 1926 Edinburgh. A mother and daughter attempt to con Houdini out of the 10,000-dollar prize he offered to anyone able to tell him his mother's dying words.