ACT III Magic Cucumbers
Kitchen lounge, late-afternoon. TV is on, English language news. American couple and an English couple are sitting on the couch having a snack. American guy is writing, again.Enter Oud dude. He is holding a peeled cumcumber in his hand,chewing. He approaches the American girl, reading.
Oud Dude: You want to see triche?
Amer Girl: (looks up, says hello) What? Do I want some? No, thanks.
Oud Dude: No, triche, triche.
Amer Girl: Trick? Do I want to see a trick? Uhhh, sure.
Oud Dude: (inches closer, almost secretively reveals half eaten cucumber in his hand... makes expression) You see?
He then holds up finger signalling 'wait a minute'. Bites off cucumber, shows bit-off chunk in his mouth. Nods his head, then holds up fore-finger showing 'One'. Repeats this three or four more times, each time adding a finger and showing chunks of cucumber in his mouth. Encourages response.
Amer Girl: Hmmm, uh huh (looks a little disgusted and unimpressed)
Oud Dude holds up hand, gesturing, 'Wait'. Proceeds to spit a piece out of his mouth into a closed fist, and reveals hand containing a chewed bit of cucumber. Closes hand and places fist on thigh. Pauses, for dramatic effect. He lifts his hand back to his mouth, spits another piece into his hand, but this time does not show his hand. Tells Amer girl to look at his closed hand on his thigh.
Oud Dude: Ready?
Amer girl: (nods) Yes, ready.
Oud Dude then flattens his hand against his thigh, turns it around face up...it is empty
Oud Dude: Where did it go?
Amer girl: You ate it.
Oud Dude: (shakes head, as if magic) Where?
Amer girl: In your mouth, you ate it.
Oud Dude: Haha! Some people thinks this magic. What do you think?
Amer girl: That is some magic! Great trick...