the knowing of P

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Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the sixteenth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I randomly riffled through the P’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “poultice.”

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I wildly jotted down the paragraph below in the Moment Of Meant To Be.** Now, the rest of this trick is up to you, Ladies and Gents!

If it pleases you, merely read the paragraph below and record what predominant meaning the sum of those words strikes in your heart. And for every trick after this, from Q to Z, you may do the same. And when I have pulled from the hat the essence of the random word of Z, and you have pondered its significance, you may allow the accumulative magic of all tricks A-Z to reveal to you your fortune.

 


THE “P” PARAGRAPH: Poultice

A modern day snake oil salesman rolled into town pulling a medicine show wagon with an immaculate 1978 Ford pickup. He was an attractive man with dark hair and blue eyes and an aura of knowing and quiet power, and he was selling a poultice purported to draw out all that you don’t like about yourself and what you’ve become. You never know, it might just work, and it was only $1.99 for an 8oz. jelly jar filled with it, so the majority of us bought at least one jar. Most folks put their jars on their mantles or night tables. But some of us went around for many days covered in his mud. Whether we wore it or not, we all compared notes as to the degree we were being positively changed from the inside out, and we could not stop talking about that day the salesman came. Some of us remember seeing two nubs on his back—poking up from under his shirt—where wings might have been and think maybe he fell from heaven and is having to sell his magic mud until new wings grow back. Some think the sparkle in his blue eyes was as stardust doing its transforming work and the selling of the mud was just for those who don’t believe in getting something for free. A handful says it’s all bunk, which causes all the rest of us to smile and wink, whereas before we’d have divided the town in two and ne’er would the twain have met. Whatever the case may be, we feel honored that the salesman saw fit to visit our tiny, nowhere town, and to bestow on us his knowing and quiet power. So in his memory—for we may never see him again—we have erected a statue made in his likeness in the town square where he parked his wagon, and on it is a plaque that reads “We shall be as changed as a garden that once knew only night and hath received the blessing of light.”


This ditty was dashed off with two short stories in mind that were written by the great and recently late canonical writer, Gabriel García Márquez, 3/6/1927 to April 17, 2014.


 

Share your predominant thought with the audience or keep it a secret. As always, it’s entirely up to you.

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!

 

Fin

DON’T MISS A TRICK!

The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014
Trick J – Jukebox – 11 April 2014
Trick K – Keyhole – 12 April 2014
Trick L – Liberal Arts – 14 April 2014
Trick M – Masking Tape – 15 April 2014
Trick N – Nonce – 16 April 2014
Trick O – Occult – 17 April 2014

 

* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


the craft of O

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Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the fifteenth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I riffled through the O’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, my fingertip was squarely on “occult.”

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I wildly jotted down the flash below in the Moment Of Meant To Be.** Now, the rest of this trick is up to you, Ladies and Gents!

If it pleases you, merely read the flash below and record what predominant meaning the sum of those words strikes in your heart. And for every trick after this, from P to Z, you may do the same. And when I have pulled from the hat the essence of the random word of Z, and you have pondered its significance, you may allow the accumulative magic of all tricks A-Z to reveal to you your fortune.

 


THE “O” FLASH PROMPTED BY “OCCULT”

“South Dallas Blues”

It was 4:30pm and Dean Bodin was sitting on a bar stool nursing his after-work pint in a South Dallas bar. He was deep in thought when a woman’s voice said, “Exuse me, is this seat taken?”

Dean looked around to see a tall, very chic and well coifed brunette with a sparkle in her eyes. He figured she couldn’t be interested in the likes of him, as rotund and unkempt as he was, but he just shrugged and motioned for her to sit.

The bartender was in front of her in an instant, grinning his fool head off.

“Gin martini with a 3:1 ratio of vermouth, stirred, straight up,” the woman said, and the bartender dashed off to prepare it.

Dean ignored the heat of the woman’s eyes on him until he couldn’t take it anymore. “So, what brings you to a dive like this?” he said.

“I was going to ask that of you,” she said.

They introduced themselves. She was called Myrna. Their rapport was easy and he found himself telling her things he’d normally reserve for the closest of friends, one such thing being his most recent encounter with two witches.

“It was the wildest thing,” Dean said, “In this rat-hole apartment complex I lived in, on one side of me there lived a chick named Deidra who took up witchcraft a few months after I’d moved in. The walls there were about paper thin and I could hear her practicin’ spells kinda awkward-like. Not long after that, Fay moved into the apartment on the other side of me and from the get-go I knew she was a witch ‘cause she was real confident chanting her spells. Well, not long after that is when it all started. I was watching the game, like I do every Sunday of football season, and I could hear the both of them at it, so I turned up the TV. Soon as I sat back down, the beer bottle I was holding flew straight outta my hand and smashed into the wall on Deidra’s side. While I was cleaning up the mess I cut my hand pretty bad, then there was a knock on the door and it was Deidra wonderin’ if I was OK, then she saw blood comin’ through the rag I’d wrapped my hand in and she ran back to her apartment. I didn’t get a chance to tell her about the other witch but she must’ve figured it out, ‘cause before I knew it they were volleying spells back and forth at each other and I was gettin’ their fallout. After the beer bottle incident, the coffee table slammed into my shins and pinned me up against Fay’s wall, and it escalated from there. I tell you they nearly killed me tryin’ to get at one another spell-wise.”

Myrna gasped. “You can’t be serious!”

“Oh I’m dead serious, Myrna,” Dean said. “I wouldn’t joke about somethin’ like that. The final straw was when a dinner plate came spinnin’ out from the kitchen cabinet on Fay’s side like a buzz saw and straight at me. I ducked just in time to keep it from slicing through my neck but it gashed the top of my head, knocked me out. When I came to, I was on the floor with my head in a pool of blood. I staggered to the bathroom, the blood just rushing out, and I got a towel and held it hard on the gash and drove myself to the emergency room. They stitched it up and then I went to the nearest motel. The next day I rented a room at a fleabag hotel on the other side of town, been there for a couple months now. Never did go back to my old apartment, took care of everything by phone.”

Myrna swirled the olive around in her drink. “What makes you think the two witches were trying to kill each other and not you?”

Dean stared dumbfounded into his beer for a few moments, then he looked at Myrna and said, “Well now, that thought never crossed my mind…”

Myrna just stared back at him with a hint of a smirk on her lips.

Dean looked back into his beer and thought some more, then said, “I guess it made sense with the blows back and forth like a fight to the death, you know?”

“Have you never heard of cats toying with their prey?” Myrna said.

Dean looked at Myrna. There was no smirk, no sparkle, just a flat black stare.

“Don’t worry, Dean” she said, and shifted her gaze from his face to just beyond his left shoulder. “All that is behind you.”

Dean turned his head to follow her gaze and nearly jumped out of his skin when he saw Deidra and Fay walking toward him.

Deidra said, “Long time no see, Dean-o.”

Fay winked at him. “You ready to pick up where we left off?”

Fin


 

Share your predominant thought with the audience or keep it a secret. As always, it’s entirely up to you.

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!

 

DON’T MISS A TRICK!

The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014
Trick J – Jukebox – 11 April 2014
Trick K – Keyhole – 12 April 2014
Trick L – Liberal Arts – 14 April 2014
Trick M – Masking Tape – 15 April 2014
Trick N – Nonce – 16 April 2014

 

* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


the folly of N

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Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the fourteenth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I riffled through the N’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, my fingertip was squarely on “nonce,” which induced Shakespeare fear (not)!

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I wildly jotted down the ditty below in the Moment Of Meant To Be.** Now, the rest of this trick is up to you, Ladies and Gents!

If it pleases you, merely read the ditty below and record what predominant meaning the sum of those words strikes in your heart. And for every trick after this, from O to Z, you may do the same. And when I have pulled from the hat the essence of the random word of Z, and you have pondered its significance, you may allow the accumulative magic of all tricks A-Z to reveal to you your fortune.

 


THE “N” DITTY PROMPTED BY “NONCE”

‘A Fractured Shakespearian Tale’

Larry paced before Claude. He stopped short. “I’ll slit Hamel’s throat in church this Easter, the murdering swine!”
“Don’t be daft, man!” Claude said. “How would you conceal the deed? You know how attendance soars at Easter! Come here and accept your wallop!”
Larry hung his head in acknowledgement and sidled over to Claude, eyes squinted and teeth gritted, and Claude slapped him upside the head.
Larry staggered, his hand sprung to the boxed ear and he sniffed. “That was a tad brutal don’t you think?”
“Not at all, you boob!” Claude said. “My blow was commensurate with the idiocy of your idea, which would make Hamel look the innocent and you the iniquitous monster! True, the death of your father at Hamel’s hand must be avenged, but not willy-nilly!”
Claude paced the room from side to side and corner to corner, one hand to his chin, when at once he realized the marked absence of thought-waves from Larry. He stopped and yelled at him, “Well, have you no ideas? Must I be the sole spark of brilliance, the singular mastermind of a mutual scheme?”
Larry fidgeted. “Truth is, I don’t quite dare come up with another bad idea, lest you box my ears yet again!”
“Coward!” Claude shouted.
“Nay, Self-preservationist!” Larry countered.
Claude accepted the retort and began again to pace, but not for long. “I’ve got it! At the Easter feast we shall have prepared him a chalice for the nonce, whereupon but sipping, he shall keel over straightaway!”
“Oh most excellent,” Larry said. Then his face clouded. “But what if somehow the act is traced to us?”
“Oh you naysayer, you pooh-pooher of— I’ve got it!” Claude said. “We’ll set Ophelia up to take the fall if need be!”
“But she’s my sister, you callous beast, you—“ Larry clapped his hands over his mouth.
“With all due respect, Larry,” Claude said, “Your sister is as crazy as a coot and won’t know the difference if she’s free or imprisoned, alive or dead.”
Larry considered these words. “Indeed, she seeks rest from her madness…”
“There you see?” Claude said.
“But—”
“Alrighty then,” Claude said. “We shall— What’s that sound?”
Gertie stumbled in tripping over her skirts, her breast heaving unduly. “M’Lords! It’s Ophelia! She fell from a tree into the brook and hath drowned!”
Larry clutched his head. “Oh poor Ophelia! In death at last she finds amity…”
And Claude thought to himself, “… and we must needs find another patsy…”

Thusly does the curtain fall on this warped scene from Hamlet. And to spare you from further poncing about, I’ll give you the play in a nutshell: madness is feigned and madness is realized and the blood flows and the curtain ultimately falls on a stage filled with dead bodies.
 

Fin


 

Share your predominant thought with the audience or keep it a secret. As always, it’s entirely up to you.

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!

 

DON’T MISS A TRICK!

The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014
Trick J – Jukebox – 11 April 2014
Trick K – Keyhole – 12 April 2014
Trick L – Liberal Arts – 14 April 2014
Trick M – Masking Tape – 15 April 2014

 

* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


the assurance of M

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Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the thirteenth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I randomly riffled through the M’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “masking tape”…of all things!

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I wildly jotted down the paragraph below in the Moment Of Meant To Be.** Now, the rest of this trick is up to you, Ladies and Gents!

If it pleases you, merely read the paragraph below and record what predominant meaning the sum of those words strikes in your heart. And for every trick after this, from N to Z, you may do the same. And when I have pulled from the hat the essence of the random word of Z, and you have pondered its significance, you may allow the accumulative magic of all tricks A-Z to reveal to you your fortune.

 


THE “M” PARAGRAPH: Masking Tape

She’s old, relies on Mick to fix things now that her husband’s gone. She always tells him, “Now Mick, you go on down to the basement where Benny’s work bench is and you’ll find masking tape and tools and everything you need.” Mick always answers, “Yes, Ma’am, I will.” The tape, like ancient bones, is so old it looks like it’d crumble at the slightest touch, so Mick leaves it. The tools are solid and smooth, brown from use and storage, and even though they’re of a high quality you just can’t get anymore, he prefers to use his own tools because he’s used to the feel. But he always takes a few of Benny’s tools up with him anyway, says, “I don’t need no masking tape today, Ma’am.” Then he makes sure to tell her, “But these tools will come in real handy,” because she relies on old memories like that.


 

Share your predominant thought with the audience or keep it a secret. As always, it’s entirely up to you.

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!

 

Fin

DON’T MISS A TRICK!

The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014
Trick J – Jukebox – 11 April 2014
Trick K – Keyhole – 12 April 2014
Trick L – Liberal Arts – 14 April 2014

 

* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


the complication of L

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Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the twelfth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I randomly riffled through the L’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “Liberal Arts”…of all things!

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I wildly jotted down the paragraph below in the Moment Of Meant To Be.** Now, the rest of this trick is up to you, Ladies and Gents!

If it pleases you, merely read the paragraph below and record what predominant meaning the sum of those words strikes in your heart. And for every trick after this, from M to Z, you may do the same. And when I have pulled from the hat the essence of the random word of Z, and you have pondered its significance, you may allow the accumulative magic of all tricks A-Z to reveal to you your fortune.

 


THE “L” PARAGRAPH: Liberal Arts

Hey y’all, Bunny here, and this is called The Dumb Blonde’s Lament because I can’t think of anything else to call it, which basically stems from having just bleached my hair and now I can’t think in general. OK, “Liberal Arts” is the prompt. What to say? Oh, I don’t know… It started out simply enough. Just three core things you had to learn to know. Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic. Then humans being humans, they had to go and complicate it and add four more things to the list of things to know. Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, Astronomy. And those two sets of things were called the Seven Somethings. And then the Italians got involved and…well, need I say more? They ditched Logic and made Poetry be the most important thing on the already long enough list that they renamed and made even longer. History, Greek, and Ethics. And now, since humans have progressed to where they’ve become even better at muddying the water, the list is even longer, and who can know all these things? Psychology, Philosophy, every “great” piece of Literature out there… At the end of the day, this is my core complaint: why’s it all got to be so brunette, so auburn, so black, so non-blonde?


 

Share your predominant thought with the audience or keep it a secret. As always, it’s entirely up to you.

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!

 

Fin

DON’T MISS A TRICK!

The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014
Trick J – Jukebox – 11 April 2014
Trick K – Keyhole – 12 April 2014

 

* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


the question of K

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Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the eleventh of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I randomly riffled through the K’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “Keyhole.”

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I wildly jotted down what came to me in the Moment Of Meant To Be,** a.k.a. the ether, from whence jewels of genius and inspiration come.

Trouble is, the ether is what it is and does what it does, and we humans, who would harness it and drive it into the ruts of our schedules, have no control over it (fortunately).  All that to say a tidy paragraph of thoughts did not come to me, but the voice of Mary did.  You can still use it in the manner proposed in the sidebar entitled “26 Magic Days of A to Z Directions.”

 


THE “K” DITTY PROMPTED BY “KEYHOLE”

‘Voice of Mary’

“Did you know, that for every wooden door with a mortise lock, the keyhole leads to an entire world populated by Keyhole People? If you put your eye to the door, you won’t see them, for that is just their portal. Inside the every wooden door with such a portal, the Keyhole Peoples have made an intricate tunnel system, much like ants make in the earth, a vast, secret megalopolis with highways and side roads, all connecting to main chambers and sap and insect gardens and rubbish pits. Did you know that about your wooden doors with mortise locks?

“But fear not, for the Keyhole People are a peaceful people and won’t bother you—you’d not even know they’re there—unless you slam, or otherwise abuse, a door they inhabit. Then they become as Mongol Hordes invading any Human Person who commits such an offense. A Human could run from them and this they know, so they attack on the night of the offense while the Human sleeps. A billions-strong army of them pours into nasal passages, any orifice at all, and while their scissor-like jaws are dismantling the infrastructure of the Human and toting it back to their Door World, they are also emitting an animating foam that expands to fill the Human victim’s body cavity. So the morning after, if you think your loved one who slammed or abused a door is still your loved one, just as they were before, think again, for—”

“Miss Mary, who are you talking to?” Nurse Borden snapped.

“You are one of them,” Mary said, her eyes green and billowing with the atmospheric pressure of oncoming hail.

Nurse Borden knew that look. She hit the panic button just as Mary flew at her with a pair of scissors a-chopping away.

Fin


 

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!

 

DON’T MISS A TRICK!

The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014
Trick J – Jukebox – 11 April 2014

 

* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


the wisdom of J

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Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the tenth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I randomly riffled through the J’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “Jukebox.”

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I wildly jotted down what came to me in the Moment Of Meant To Be,** a.k.a. the ether, from whence jewels of genius and inspiration come.

Trouble is, the ether is what it is and does what it does, and we humans, who would harness it and drive it into the ruts of our schedules, have no control over it (fortunately).  All that to say a tidy paragraph of thoughts did not come to me, but the voice of some old Texan cowboy did.  You can still use it in the manner proposed in the sidebar entitled “26 Magic Days of A to Z Directions.”

 


THE “J” DITTY PROMPTED BY “JUKEBOX”

‘Voice of an Old Texan Cowboy’

The jukebox down at Jim’s Juke Joint had a life of its own. You’d put your money in and make your selection, but you might as well have been tappin’ out a Morse code message on the floor with your toe. It never played what you selected. It played whatever it wanted. Me and the boys, we used to try and make sense of it, see if there was some kinda code. For example, if we put in C9 for Johnny Cash’s I Walk the Line and got A7 for Jean Shepard’s Beautiful Lies, then if we put in A7, would we get Johnny Cash? Well, it didn’t work like that, but we kept tryin’.

We used to get a kick out of watchin’ stranger folk come in for a beer or a game of pool and go to that jukebox, select a tune and some other tune entirely would come out, and the look on their faces, oh Lord, it was somethin’ else! Over time I got to knowin’ there was generally one of three reactions: anger (I cain’t tell you how many times that old jukebox was kicked and pounded on); ambivalence (tryin’ to decide whether to raise Cain or just live with it); or acceptance with a bemused smile.

Well now hold on a minute… Goin’ back to what I said about it never playin’ what a person selected… To be fair, I should say it rarely played what was selected. ‘Cause it did, on occasion play what you wanted and I think that was part of the draw to it, by the regulars, that is, like a slot machine, pullin’ the handle, will you “win” or “lose”? Just the fun of that.

I always used to think it played what a person needed to hear. And I think ol’ Jim though that, too. Which is why he finally gave up tryin’ to fix it. Back then, you know, most jukeboxes were built to take abuse, but whenever something did go wrong, there was a manual come with it, tellin’ the owner exactly how to fix it.

Ended up, I used to go to that jukebox whenever I had a problem. I’d feed that thing my dimes, close my eyes, push any buttons, I didn’t care, and then I’d sit back and listen to what it had to play to me. And I tell you what, that old thing, I’d say ninety percent of the time it taught me somethin’ I needed to know. Or maybe I just wanted it to so bad that it did…

Fin


 

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!

 

DON’T MISS A TRICK!

The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014

 

* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


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