The great Mr. Blackstone enters the backstage room with groupies Charlie and Diane in tow.
"Ha ha ha... great show Mr. Blackman," says Charlie.
"That's Blackstone, Charlie, but thank you. Here, let me show you a little trick I learned while I was still in Magician's College."
Blackstone takes an egg out of his pocket and places it on the table. He then places a cup upside-down over the egg, deftly switching the egg with a chick he had hidden in his pants.
"Do you know which came first, Charlie, the chicken or the egg?" asks Mr. Blackstone.
"I don't know, Mr. Blackstone, but I'm guessing the chicken since you just switched the egg for a chick that you had stuffed in your pants," replied Charlie.
"Ah, yes, well, you're very clever, Charlie." says Mr. Blackstone.
"Oh, we saw that trick last night on the Secrets Revealed special on FOX," says Diane.
"Oh, I see. Damned FOX. Ok, well how about I try another one."
"All right," say the two onlookers.
Blackstone takes out three large rings, each about a half a foot in diameter.
"Let me show you my rings—" started Blackstone.
"Oh, there's a cut in that ring there," Diane says. "That was on last night too."
Blackstone suppresses the urge to throttle Diane, and instead throttles Charlie.
"Hey! What'd I do?" Charlie manages to squeak out.
Blackstone calms himself down.
"Sorry, this FOX thing just has me a bit on the edge, that's all. Let me see... Ok, I've got one more that I'll try on you."
Blackstone reaches up to Diane's ear, and produces a quarter.
"Wow! That's incredible!" remarks Charlie.
"I never knew I had fiduciary remuneration in my ear!" exclaims Diane.
"I'm glad I could show you a trick that you don't know the solution to."
"But what does that have to do with mathematics?" asks Charlie.
"Uh, well, how much is a quarter worth?" responds Blackstone.
"25 cents," replies Diane.
"There you go! 25 is a number!"
Reggie rushes into the room.
"Mr. Blackman! The woman you sawed in half!"
"Oh my! I must run! See you!"
Blackstone makes a hasty retreat, leaving Diane and Charlie pondering over the magical 25-cent quarter that came out of Diane's ear.