This wasn't meant to be a story at first. When I installed Showtime, I quickly created a character just to explore Starlight Shores and see how it felt to play the magician career, but I played him for much longer than I'd planned and decided to make a thread to keep track of his (mis)adventures.
I like Starlight Shores, although it's rather small. I really like the pink and orange light in the morning and late afternoon.
Wannabe magician Jonathan River moved into town a bought a cheap little house next to the criminal hideout.
The first thing he did was to visit the library and use one of the computers to join the magician career. Rather optimistically, he chose the stage name "The Magnificent Jon".
Done! Now he had the ability to perform some simple tricks. He tried unsuccessfully a few times.
And finally he managed to conjure a deck of cards from thin air. His first trick ever!
The next day he performed some tricks at the festival grounds, where Laurel, the park proprietor, could see him. To his embarrassment, he kept failing and angrily throwing down his wand.
The roses he tried to conjure appeared all wilted.
Finally! His first bouquet of roses - artificial, perhaps, but perfect!
I thought Jonathan could use some supernatural help in his life, so I sent him to explore the catacombs at the beautiful Starlight Shores cemetery hoping he might find a genie lamp.
Once again, no luck! He only found a book and a rare seed - both of which he sold immediately - and got attacked by zombie bears.
Before he had time to go home and shower, he got a message that a Simfest was starting at the park. He didn't want to miss watching his first Simfest, so he just went to the park all singed.
The first performer was a fellow magician, performing a complex trick with swords. Someday Jonathan will be able to take part in Simfests and to perform tricks using the Box of Mystery. Someday...
The magician was good at her job: the audience member came out unharmed.
The crowd - Jonathan included - applauded with enthusiasm. The white haired guy next to him turned out to be the next performer.
He was an acrobat, with the stage name "Ziggurat in a Box."
Laurel read out the name of the winner... it was the acrobat.
The crowd wasn't pleased. Amusingly, even the acrobat himself booed. He knew the magician lady was better!
Jonathan performed for tips in the street the next day, repeating the two tricks he knew over and over again.
He earned a pitiful 28 simoleons.
In the evening he visited the Rodeo-Go-Go venue and managed to impress the proprietor by pulling a coin from behind his ear.
Then he spent a third of that day's earnings on a ride on the bull. It seemed as if he'd finally found something he was good at...
... or maybe not!