I believe in magic. I'd swear in a
law that a woman can be levitated and that a man can change into a
and that a three hundred pound elephant can vanish right before my
The more impossible the feat, the more I believe it actually happened.
All the proof I need is the sequins, the magic wands, the never-ending
scarves, the metal rings and dancing ropes and trick cards -- the hocus
pocus. I believe all of it. You see, the rabbit was not in the hat
-- the magician even showed it to us, empty! -- but it's sure there
Sleight of hand, my foot. Magic is real, and the proof is in the
And now, Dunninger and Copperfield and
add a new associate to their ranks: Trujillo, New Mexico. Trujillo is a
roadside magician. It performs one of the most amazing road tricks I've
ever seen, with the help of its beautiful assistant, NM 104. Approach
the west and you see nothing but road ahead. But round the curve
town and PRESTO - Trujillo appears from nowhere! Pass through town and
down a hill and suddenly, it's gone! Nothing in your rear-view mirror,
nothing up your sleeve. Pretty cool, huh? Not even white tigers could
it any better.
Trujillo is the Houdini of the highway,
of the blacktop, a riddle wrapped in an escape-proof enigma and then
in half. Maybe the town isn't really there after all. Maybe it really
vanish after you round that curve, just like the woman in the box.
Trujillo has been up to its old tricks
since a small
community was formed there in the mid 1830s. The community was later
for Delfino Trujillo, the first postmaster. It's a small, quiet place.
When I visited, the clouds and snow merged earth and sky together, so I
wasn't quite sure where one began and the other ended. Another illusion
in Trujillo's magic black bag.
Magic is fun. It nourishes us.
Trujillo's purpose too. Trujillo lets us wonder, and that's what I want
out of life. I want smoke and mirrors. I want to know that the hand is
quicker than the eye. I want to believe that just by waving a magic
and saying the word "Abracadabra!" I could suddenly and mysteriously