Weeping, shouting, vomiting, accusations of murder.
Large man and country boy tie up magician, drag him away.
Large man and country boy return, lift crushed hat gingerly, and trembling uncontrollably, carry it at arm's length into wings.
Momentary increase of weeping, retching, moaning, then dying away of sound to silence.
Country boy creeps onto stage, alone, sets up placard against table and facing audience, then creeps abjectly away.
THIS ACT IS CONCLUDED
THE MANAGEMENT REGRETS THERE
WILL BE NO REFUND
[The Hat Act, Coover, R.]