All the children in the palace, including the royals, were gathered together on the green for the occasion of la Princesse Pirouette la plus jeune’s birthday. Already a young lady at the age of twelve, she tolerated the presence of Patches, the Court Jester, as entertainment for the younger children. Patches, for his part, was doing his best to keep the children amused until nightfall when there would be a fireworks display. In the meantime, as the children devoured cake and ice cream, Patches performed numerous magic tricks. Some were banal, as when he pulled a coin out of Pirouette’s ear. However, when he pulled a rabbit out of his hat, the children were impressed.
“I am Patches!” He shouted, “Master of illusion!”