The Snake Charmer

A spotlight illuminates a writhing mass of scales and coils in the shape of a man. One by one, the serpents slither down to the stage, revealing a tall youth with a lively grin.

A cobra, as long as he is tall, unwinds from his waist and stares him in the eye. He sways with it, and his hand moves to catch its venom. His wet hand runs over his tongue.

He opens his mouth, and the cobra slides gently up his chest and places its head between his teeth, unfearing and unthreatening. He strokes it, and takes a bow.