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I’d be happy to watch tricks all day, but Kim thinks the good stuff should be reserved for parties. “You can’t just walk into a place with everyone all sober and bust out your party trick,” she said, as David opened a third bottle. “If you bust out your trick after everyone’s had a few drinks, though, people will just be amazed.”

“I know I was,” I said.

“Party tricks are fun,” said Kim. “You get to learn something personal about someone, and you get to make people laugh and go, ‘No shit. You can do that?’”

“It’s like you read my mind,” I said. Then, as there were no more tricks to be had for the moment, I ventured, “Does anybody want some more of David’s homemade rum cake?”

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