The Wizard Who Could Just Go Poof (feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda)

By Jonah, age 13, Utah

Once upon a time in a far-away land there lived a wizard who went to wizard school. This wizard had two problems. One problem was that all the other wizards had cool names like Morazen the Great and Infernion the Fire Wizard, but his name was just Erlin. Another problem Erlin had was that he could only make his wand go poof. All the other wizards made fun of him for that. One day a dragon came to the school. He said that they had to give him gold and food or he would eat them. But first, he had to know all of their powers, because he only had one weakness. All the wizards told them about their incredible powers, and when it got to Erlin, the other wizards told the dragon not to worry about him because he couldn’t do anything cool like them. The dragon was happy and started taking all their gold. The wizards kept learning magic, but the dragon watched them. He had taken the gold and was looking for food. He watched as Erlin tried to cast a spell, but his wand only went poof. The dragon suddenly roared and covered his ears. Erlin realized the dragon’s weakness was poof. He kept poofing, and the dragon kept roaring. With one last poof, the dragon flew away forever and was never seen again. All the teachers were so proud of Erlin, so they put an ‘M’ in his name, because ‘M’ is for Magic. From then on, he was known as Merlin, The Greatest Wizard Ever.

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The Story Pirates’ adaptation was written by Dan Foster
Produced by Brendan O’Grady
Associate Produced by Jack Mitchell and Sam Bair
Musicians: Brendan O’Grady, Amos Rosenstein, Tom Jorgensen, Alex Wyatt, Joseph Anckowicz, Ellie Goodman
Singers: Nimene Sierra Wureh, Chris Simpson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dewey Caddell, Emily Olcott