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The Crown Prince

July 29, 2013

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There is a legend

That a small boy’s

Name was bestowed

Upon him accidentally

By master magician

And showman

Harry Houdini

 

One day

The famous

Escape artist

Was present

 

When the toddler

Took a nasty fall

Down some stairs

Yet was unhurt

And unfazed

 

Houdini said

“That was a real buster!”

or

“My, what a buster you are!”

 

Regardless

Of the exact quote

The name stuck

 

For good

 

As a child

He was part

Of his parents’

Vaudeville act

 

It was

A rough

Brutal and

Physically demanding

Way to make a living

 

But in that crucible

The boy mastered the

Pratfall and honed his

Visual comedic timing

 

It is also legend that

Once during the act

A heckler made

Disparaging remarks

About the boy’s mother

 

The child was picked up

By his father as if he

Were sentient weaponry and

Hurled at the coarse-speaker

 

As a young man

He found his way to

Hollywood and made

Silent film comedies

 

It is undisputed fact

That the king

Of the silent film era

Was a creative genius

Named Charlie Chaplin

 

Yet an upstart boy

Who spent his childhood

Falling

Tumbling

And hurled

Across Vaudevillian Stages

 

Gave the famous

Little tramp his

Only real and

True competition

 

He will always

Be remembered

For his Porkpie hat

 

And a face of stone

Set against a

World of chaos

 

Subjective as these

Things tend to be

There are some

Who believe

 

One need only

Watch the silent film

Called The General

To understand

 

That the crown prince

Of that long ago age

Was a marvel named

Buster Keaton

 

 

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