No sirens were blaring. No guns were drawn. Nobody was screaming or shouting.
But in the blink of an eye, the love of the Amazing Randi's life — the man he had shared a home with for two dozen years — vanished.
In 2011, federal agents showed up on Randi's doorstep in Plantation, Fla., looking for his partner, José Alvarez. They said they needed to talk to Alvarez about identity fraud, handcuffed him and hauled him away. Randi was left behind, the agents' business cards in hand.
"I was totally bewildered by it, and I'm in the business of bewildering people," he said. "I didn't know which way to turn. It was the hardest moment of my...