Victor, a 10-year-old boy, is fascinated with Harry Houdini’s magic tricks. On the date of the visit, Mrs. Houdini tells Victor that Houdini has died and gives him a small locked box inscribed with the initials E.W. Victor throws the box into his closet and never thinks of Houdini again. When his own son is 10, he learns that the letters E.W. were actually Houdini’s initials.