Houdini – Six Sentence Story

Artwork by Phil Burns

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – KNOT

Click here to hear the author read his words:


They call me Houdini because I am famous for my ability to escape from seemingly impossible, and imminently fatal, situations by conjuring up a mind-boggling life-saving strategy.

Like the time I was chained and padlocked in fast-rising icy-cold water, being watched by two armed guards, and only seconds from death.

Or the evening the captain of the firing squad had just lit my consolatory cigarette (I don’t smoke, those things’ll kill you) before stepping back to issue his three commands.

Not forgetting when I parachuted from my stricken plane into the desert amidst the tanks of the aggressor who, knowing I was an enemy agent, had issued instructions to dispense with any formalities, but to eliminate me tout de suite, although, to be honest, I did have the assistance of my faithful dog, whom I call Tree because… nah, if you can’t work that out, we’re both wasting our time here.

And then there was the occasion when I found myself in a small tank full of exotic razor-toothed carnivorous South American fish (I was going to say piranha but I don’t know how to spell that).

So now I’m standing on the gallows, wrists and ankles tightly tied, and the renowned hangman has just slipped the noose of the high quality rope with its impeccable knot over my head, and I think to myself that this would be an excellent moment to devise a Baldrick-like cunning plan.

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13 Responses to Houdini – Six Sentence Story

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    Well executed and love hearing your voice.


  2. clark says:

    Full Disclosure*: I perked up on the intro line ‘They call me Houdini…’
    Fun Six.
    Thank god for cut ‘n paste, ’cause, don’t tell anyone, but I had to look up the name Baldrick… then watched a youtube clip.
    The episode remined me of a scene from an episode of my current fave series, ‘The Good Place’ in which Tahani treats Eleanor to a BBC sitcom

    *well, yeah possibly of a certain degree of cultural chauvinism


  3. I am confident he will escape, based on his past successes. Loved the piranha line!


  4. UP says:

    may his mcgeyver (sic) win out and may he survive once more. good six


  5. If you are not here next week I’ll assume the worst. Nice knowing you ‘ole chap.


  6. Liz H says:

    Yet we don’t really know, from your descriptions, just HOW you escaped all those times…
    I say the heck with planning! Spontaneous circumstance’ll get you through? 😂


  7. Reena Saxena says:

    Maybe a helicopter drops a rope to pick him up 🙂


  8. May he live to escape at least one more time.


  9. Baldrick: “I have a plan, sir.”
    Blackadder: “Really, Baldrick? A cunning and subtle one?”
    Baldrick: “Yes, sir.”
    Blackadder: “As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?”

    Inspired missive, ceayr, mining the depths of ‘with one bound, (insert name of hero here) he was free.’ 🙂

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  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Wonderful descriptions of elaborate escapes hopefully including the last one.


  11. You got me with the last line! Very clever!


  12. jenne49 says:

    And I have no doubt that he will, after achieving such a series of ingenious escapes, cunningly not described and presented with delightful touches of humour. If anyone can, he can. I hope so, for you’ve created a character I’m rooting for after only 6 sentences!


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