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Paul Dempster was born on December 28 1908 to Amasa and Mary Dempster He was suspected to be premature by about 80 days but that was an estimate made by Dr McCausland Paul was described as Red of course as all babies are red But he was wrinkled like a tiny old man and his head and back and much of his face was covered with weedy long black hairpage 13 and his cry was like the mew of a kittenpage13 Dunnys mother was pleased with the progress he was making I think little Paul is going to pull through Hell be slow the doctor says but hell be alrightpage 17 but Dr McCausland was very wrong Though Paul could neither read or write when he got older he was very interested in the tricks that Dunny would show him taking the coin from me and preforming the pass perfectlypage 33 Pauls home life was not one of the best His mother was what the town referred to as simple and his father blamed her condition on his birth He was also tormented by the other children in the town because of an incident in the gravel pit involving his mother and a tramp This took a mental tole on him and shortly after the death of his father Paul ran away and joined the circus Though his experience in the circus made him into Magnus Eisengrim The Great Magician he was still unable to free himself from his past Paul also had much hostility towards Percy the boy who was also a contributing factor in his premature birth Paul was blamed by his father for the mental state of his mother but Paul found out as a child from Dunny that it was not his fault but the fault of himself and his friend Percy This hostility resulted in the mysterious murder of Percy and though it was never said that Magnus
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