This reads so factually at times that it sounds true-life, which really is what drew me in. I thoroughly enjoyed the tone behind your MC's voice, he is a wee bit jaded it seems and I love the humor in his observations. i don't know much about trawling but I found this interesting. There seemed to be a ton of information and I wondered if this was set around real events, though not the magician part but all the info that you supplied. I found that there were some parts that lagged, and I found that the larger paragraphs could have been cut down. These are minor nits. There was a lot of narrative but you do such a great job, the voice is so clear and strong that I really found it engaging and not boring, which I often find with excessive narrative.