The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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Once there was a man who knew everything there was to know about magic. He was a great sorcerer. The sorcerer had a wonderful hat. When he wore his hat, he could just think magic and it would happen. Only the sorcerer knew the magic words to make it disappear.
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The sorcerer did not live alone. He had a helper named Mickey. Mickey did all the work. He swept the floor, chopped the wood, and carried the water from the well. Mickey knew about the magic of the hat. ?if I had that hat,? said Mickey, ?I would never have to work again.?
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One day the sorcerer had to go out. Mickey was alone at last. There on the table was the sorcerer?s magic hat. ?Now I can be a sorcerer,? said Mickey. He reached for the magic hat. He put the hat on his head. An old broom was standing by the wall. ?I will put a spell on that broom,? said Mickey. He did what the sorcerer always did. He pointed his fingers at the broom. The broom began to move and it grew two feet. It grew a right arm and then a left arm.
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?Broom!? commanded Mickey, ?Pick up the buckets.? The broom did just what Mickey said.
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?Go up the steps,? said Mickey. The broom went up the steps.
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?Fill the buckets,? said Mickey. The broom filled the buckets.
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?Bring them back,? said Mickey. The broom brought them back.
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?Pour the water,? said Mickey. The broom poured the water.
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Mickey danced around the room. ?Magic is easy,? he cried, ?I will never work again.? Then Mickey sat down on the sorcerer?s chair. ?Work, broom, work!? he said. While the broom went on filling buckets and pouring water, Mickey fell asleep. He dreamed he was the greatest sorcerer in the world. Suddenly, something cold and wet woke him up. It was a splash of water. Another splash knocked Mickey out of the chair. Water was everywhere! The broom was flooding the room. ?Stop!? cried Mickey. ?Stop, broom! Stop, I say!? The broom did not stop.
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Mickey pointed his finger at the broom, but the broom kept going. He held out his arms, but the broom pushed him down. He grabbed the bucket, but the broom held on tight. Wasn?t there any way to stop the broom? ?The axe!? Mickey cried. Mickey grabbed the axe. He chopped the broom into bits. ?Well, that?s over!? Mickey said. But it wasn?t over. Something strange was going on. The bits of wood began to move. The bits of wood turned into brooms. All the new brooms had feet and arms and buckets. They marched up the steps, never stopping. The brooms came back with more water.
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Mickey leaned against the door to keep them out, but the brooms pushed it open. Mickey held out his arms to hold them back, but the brooms walked right over him. ?I am a sorcerer!? cried Mickey, ?You must do as I say.? The brooms marched on and on. Brooms and more brooms! Buckets and more buckets! In a great line, they poured and poured. The water became deeper and deeper. Poor Mickey! It was all he could do to keep his head above the water. Then, the sorcerer?s Book of Magic floated by. Mickey grabbed it.
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Page after page after page, Mickey looked for the magic words that would stop the brooms, but the water began whirl. Mickey couldn?t read the words. Mickey hung onto the book as he went around and around in the water. Spinning faster and faster, Mickey was caught in a great whirlpool. Now there was nothing he could do. But what was this? There is a great dark shadow on the wall! The sorcerer had come back. He knew at once what Mickey had done. He raised his arms and roared a great command. The brooms and the water disappeared. Just one broom was left. It was the old broom standing by the wall.
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The sorcerer was frowning. He looked down at Mickey. Mickey took off the sorcerer?s hat. Very carefully, ever so neatly, he made it look nice again. Then, he gave the hat back to the sorcerer. ?Just a little magic trick, ha, ha!? said Mickey. The sorcerer did not laugh and he looked down at his little helper. ?Don?t start what you can?t finish,? he said. So Mickey went up the steps and back to work.

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