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Day: November 27, 2017

“The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann

The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

c.2017, Atria
$26.00 / $35.00  Canada
378 pages



Watch closely and see before – poof! – the hidden object is gone. Abracadabra, it reappears right in front of you. You know it’s all an illusion. The hand really is quicker than the eye but, as in the new novel “The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann, the spell may take several decades.

Max Cohn’s best friend, Joey, knew all about the problem.

He’d been through his own parents’ divorce and so Joey told Max how things would go down at home. Sadly, everything happened exactly the way he said it would, and Max, who’d had a “fairly normal” life until then, knew that everything had changed.

He hated change.

He hated that his father was moving out, and that he had to stay with his mother and, well, pretty much everything. He felt hopeless, until he found a shiny black round thing that his dad had told him about once, something called a record from some old guy, a magician named Zabbatini. The last track on the record: a love spell.

Resourceful and excited, Max found a way to listen to the record but it was scratched. No big deal; he’d find Zabbatini and he’d talk him into doing the spell in person. By then, Max was sure that Zabbatini was the only one who could fix things. Alas, also by then, Zabbatini was a very old man…

The birth of Moshe Goldenhirsch was a marvel.

His parents had tried to have children but it didn’t happen until Laibl Goldenhirsch went away to war. When he came home, his Rifka was pregnant (a miracle!) and though he was suspicious of the butcher upstairs, Laibl raised little Moshe as his own.

When Rifka died, Laibl’s sadness boiled over and one thing led to another. Father and son argued, and Moshe left his father’s home to find fame, fortune, and love with the Zauber-Zirkus. At fifteen, he changed his name, his ancestry, his age, and his life. He found a home and a talent he didn’t even know he had.

And years later, after another war and more loss than one man should bear, he found a little boy who believed…

I’ve read a lot of novels this year. A lot of them, but I don’t think I’ve loved any of them more than I loved “The Trick.”

Written in alternate chapters that take you from Prague to Los Angeles, to the circus, an elementary school, Germany, and to a modern-day pizza parlor, author Emanuel Bergmann tells a tale that will keep you spellbound in its simple intricacy. There’s humor inside, and it’s subtle – the kind that sneaks up on you when you’re expecting a poignant moment. Likewise, the ache here is seasoned with drollness that mocks the pain of the characters. It works, all the way up to the twisty-surprise end.

This isn’t a cry-yourself-raw book, but it has its moments. It’s not an LOL kind of novel, either, but you will. No, “The Trick” is just a novel about goodness and life, and you’ll be enchanted.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin

Copy Cats opens on River Road

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Of the Keizertimes

A new store on River Road is aiming to be the one-stop shop for all of Keizer’s business and home office needs.

Copy Cats, owned by Michelle and Ken Adame, opened at 3800 River Road N., Suite 160, on Nov. 1. In addition to printing services spanning the gamut from personal photos to business banners and vinyl wraps, Copy Cats offers pre-made signs, trophies and plaques, laser engraving, medals and ribbons, mailing services and office supplies like printing paper and envelopes. Teachers, real estate agents and contractors get a 10 percent discount off most services.

“We offer so much, but we want to be the one-stop shop. We look at the company as an office away from home,” said Ken.

Michelle said most orders can be completed within 24 hours, but the store tries to turn around all orders within three days.

“If we have to order something, it might take a week, but three days is the goal,” she said.

Copy Cats also offers graphic design services. There are in-house graphic designers at the other two locations, but the Adames intend to hire one for the Keizer store once the need grows.

“People can come in with something as simple as a sketch on a piece of scrap paper and we’ll turn it into something great,” Michelle said.

She added that they want to develop strong relationships with business clients since Copy Cats is frequently producing marketing materials, “Those images are the first things the customers of our clients see, so we want to make sure they are the best possible.”

The Keizer Copy Cats location is the Adames’ third, and the first they’ve opened since purchasing the business last year. The other two are located in west Salem and McMinnville.

“We knew there was a huge need here in Keizer and we love this community,” said Michelle. She credited interactions with the Keizer Chamber of Commerce as a big reason behind choosing Keizer for their store. There’s already a Giving Tree sponsored by the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) just inside the front door.

In addition to offering the latest in high-tech printing, Ken said Copy Cats can help customers preserve older media.

“CDs and flash drives get lost or broken, but photo albums seem to stick around. We can easily scan in old photos on acid-free paper that won’t break down no matter how many people touch them. We can also scan old documents quickly and turn them into digital files,” he said. “Your time is valuable, too, and there are things like that we can take care of for you.”

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Call the store with questions at 503-990-7206.