The Ol' Razzle Dazzle


"Come out with your hands up," the FBI agent announced over the intercom.

They finally got me. I guess I don't have a choice but to surrender. I've watch my empire crumble before me for the last eighteen months. It started with them planting undercover agents in my organization. Then they started to cut me off from my money. I had to go liquid with my funds. That only led to people robbing me. Before long I wasn't able to pay my monthly expenses. Men in charge of my rackets for years left my side. Now it's just me.

Red beams shine through the window, ready in case I make a move. I can hear the German Shepherds outside barking. Eager to get at me, and they can't even see me. The helicopter keeps shining a light through the room as it circles the building. Well this is it.

No, I've got one move left. The ol' razzle dazzle. If I can pull this off I can buy myself some time. I ease my way outside with my hands in the air, guns pointing at me.

"Before I surrender, can I have some last words?" I ask.

"Speak fast," the FBI agent responds.

"As you can see I have nothing in my hands. I have nothing up my sleeves, as I do not have sleeves," I say with a charming smile.

I spin to show that there is nothing behind my back.

"Where is this going," she asks, irritated.

"Just a little trick, would you mind thinking of a card. Don't tell me, just think it."

"Fine."

I produce a card from my mouth to a few confused sounds.

"Is this your card," I say showing her the nine of diamonds.

"Okay, but I don't see where this is going," she's says slightly impressed.

"Now will you think of a small animal. An animal that could fit inside of your hands," I asks.

She pauses for a moment but thinks. I've got her. She's their leader that means I've got them all.

I open my mouth and a tiny frog bounces out. This time the crowd is audibly entertained. I even got a few cheers and claps. Time for my final trick. This time I suggest they close their eyes and to my surprise they do so. I take off running. That's it that's the ol' razzle dazzle. I've got at least a thirty second head start.