At the age of eight, Calvin Rose joined Haley's Circus, after which he was trained in escapology. By the age of ten he had learned fourteen different ways to get out a straightjacket. When ordered to perform for the Court of Owls, Calvin did so with perfection and quickly found himself in training to be a Talon. After killing the former Talon, Calvin took his spot. When sent to kill Casey Washington and her two year old daughter, Calvin was unable to and fled, abandoning his service as a Talon, becoming the first ever to do so.