Anonymous said: headcanon: what's an unexpected talent of charles xavier? - nonsequitur
Sleight of hand magic.
I have this notion that as a lonely too smart little boy Charles went through all the traditionally nerdy little boy hobbies. He did stuff like nature cataloging, bug collecting, frog catching. Young Charles also has a certain amount of charm and a natural drive for attention. The intersection for all of that is old school sleight of hand magic.
Charles strikes me as the kind of little boy who was trotted out at his parents rich people parties and that’s really the only time he got positive attention. So he’d try to latch onto that any way he could. By being faux precocious, performing, etc. He’d probably wander around from rich old lady to rich old lady producing quarters from ears, pulling never ending hankerchiefs out of his sleeve, and vanishing flowers.
Sometimes it didn’t work—he was only seven, eight—but they usually liked that more.
He always guessed their card right though. He was really good at that one.
It was something he stopped doing for a long while, after the voices came in, and after his mother remarried, and then after Raven came in. He started doing the interlocking rings trick again as a teenager because he needed something to focus on, something to do with his hands at all times, just in order to focus on keeping the voices out and keeping everything in order.
Once he’d started going to bars, he’d do little tricks in front of girls. It wasn’t the impressiveness of the trick that’d win them over, but the silliness of it, and the way he did his patter. (Combined with a grin and a certain nebulous reassurance they’d feel that no really, he’s a really fun guy.) He’d explain the tricks. He’d explain the trick in a calm, scientific voice—saying all the while that whatever he was doing with the pack of cards, or set of rings, or prop flower was all an illusion. He’d compliment them by saying of course a smart girl like you can see through all this.
Then he’d snap his fingers and tell them the card was in their purse or let them inspect the fully intact and separate rings or tuck the flower behind their ear.
Telling them they weren’t seeing the impossible while the trick slipped past their eyes always seemed to elicit some laugh or smile that would seep warmly into Charles’ perception. They weren’t just happy, they were happy with him. It had a special kind of resonance with the way he read minds.
The tricks and performances died off the more Charles realized simply talking at length to women would more often than not create the same effect.
He still always kept a deck of cards and trick rings in the top drawer of his desk.
And in that deleted scene when he said “Abracadabra” and popped himself int Moira’s room, he was probably giddy to be able to use that kind of a trick with a girl and actually use his powers instead of a deck of cards.
I’d like to thank listerinezero for adding the ending I should’ve used. <3