The cover illustration consists of a person inside a magician's box that was sawed in half. A hat with a rabbit popping out of it was on the stage next to the box.
It's a Little Chop of Horrors!
You, and your little sister, and your best friend just found a new magic shop at the mall. The man inside calls himself the Magician. He's pretty creepy. Before you know it, your little sister runs out of the shop with his book of magic spells.
If you read one of the spells, you find yourself in the magician's workshop. Suddenly you are part of a magic act. You are forced onstage, about to be sliced into a million pieces!
If the three bullies from the school grab the book, you must find it before the magician makes your sister disappear...forever!
The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings!
You meet your friend, Sid, at the mall and have to drag your little sister, Joanie, along. Joanie runs inside a magic shop and Sid winds up handcuffing his hands together inside the store. The shopkeeper, who calls himself "The Magician" informs them that there is no key for the handcuffs and mysteriously disappears. You furiously drag Joanie out of the shop when you discover that Joanie was holding an old book of spells. Sid suggests that you use one of the spells to get the handcuffs off. If you choose that option, you wind up on stage during a magic show as The Magician prepares to throw knives at you, make evil rabbits come after you, put you inside a box and put swords inside, or saw you in half. If you tell Sid to not try any spells and go back to the clubhouse and try to use regular tools to get the cuffs off, three bullies from school take the book and The Magician forces you to get it back... by making Joanie slowly disappear as leverage!
List of endings
There are twenty bad endings, one ambiguous ending, and two good endings.
- A giant turns you, Sid, and Joanie into ventriloquist's living dummies.
- After you and Sid argue, Joanie begins to disappear.
- Mr. Knowledge tests you, Joanie, and Sid to see which cup has a red ball under it, and you all find out that none of the cups hide it. When the three of you accuse Mr. Knowledge of cheating, he becomes so furious he turns into a monster. Then he eats Joanie as an appetizer, Sid as the main course, and you as the dessert.
- A worm-faced monster is about to eat you, and the same fate awaits Sid and Joanie. Just before you're eaten, you recall that you were supposed to scream to let them know that the path you took was unsafe.
- The scorpion goes off duty and lets the Magician do whatever he wants to do to you.
- You have trouble walking properly because the Masked Man accidentally put your feet on backwards.
- A monstrous rat of unusual size grabs you by the throat.
- You become part of a knife throwing act and a cowboy accidentally hits you with a real knife instead of a trick one, killing you.
- You cannot figure out how to escape from a room, and it is implied that yours, Sid's, and Joanie's heads all become part of the Magician's severed head collection. Ironically, escaping the room also kills you.
- You, Sid, and Joanie, get stuck polishing a suit with 4,000 rhinestones in it.
- You decline to go with the giant. His feelings are hurt and he starts to cry. Soon, his tears fill the whole room, causing you, Sid, and Joanie to drown.
- The Magician turns you, Sid and Joanie into fruits.
- Granny Kapusta becomes a werewolf, gobbles up Sid and Joanie, and then prepares to eat you.
- You drink a glass of magic milk from Granny Kapusta and are frozen stiff. Granny Kapusta says that when you, Sid, and Joanie showed up at her door, she had six fresh kidneys. You then realize she was saying "kids' knees".
- You, Sid, and Joanie get stuck playing baseball with corpse children.
- Joanie waves the magic wand over a fishbowl and stirs the water, then the water comes gushing out of the fishbowl and fills the room. Piranhas appear in the water and eat you, Sid, and Joanie alive.
- You just won a high card draw game, but you soon find out you're playing Five Hundred Card Draw.
- An evil giant genie takes you, Sid, and Joanie to his castle and makes all of you his slaves.
- Joanie accidentally turns you and Sid into playful dogs.
- You are stuck being scary forever, although your physical appearance does not change.
- You defeat the Magician, and try on his cape. However, the cape causes you to turn evil, and you decide that Sid's and Joanie's heads will be perfect for the head collection.
- You defeat the Magician, but are stuck with many clones of yourself.
- You defeat the Magician and run out of the Magic Shop with Sid and Joanie, before it disappears into thin air.
- The Magician transports you, Sid, and Joanie to your house and makes the bullies befriend you three.
- If you look closely at the wood patterns on the stage, one of the patterns forms a skull. At the bottom of the curtains, there's another skull, a little less clear.
- This is the first book in the series which asked the reader to draw cards to determine his or her ending. In this example, the reader loses regardless of whether he/she has the correct card or not, but in later books the Card Draw was used as a genuine method for deciding on a choice.
- The tagline is a reference to the 1996 horror comedy movie, "Little Shop of Horrors".