Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum
This is it, Ladies and Gentlemen, the first interactive trick, the first flourish of the magic wand that will lead to your fortune as you determine it.
Whether you participate fully or merely observe, prepare for a journey that has potential to be a walk on anything from a garden path to a tightrope strung between two skyscrapers. For the magic wand may be straight, but its effects are as a double rod pendulum set in motion from slightly different positions—in this case, the positions of the letters in the alphabet—and will result in completely different trajectories and outcomes. And yet, when you look back, you will likely discover an underlying order, and in that discovery, experience a revelation.
Now then, as per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my lovely assistant, Juliet Berto, did hand me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I randomly riffled through the A’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “Albanian.”
Albanian n. 1. The official language of Albania. 2. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Albania. ~adj. 3. of or relating to Albania, its people, or their language.
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 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 B 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 “A” PARAGRAPH: Albanian
On stage he looks bigger than he is, like the hull of a destroyer being shot from a rowboat, like you could get blasted. But it’s just the angle, just the drink. You could easily counterattack. He’s only a little man desperate for a lover to replace the one he lost. Albanian, Alien, he doesn’t care… Come on little man, you can get her sent to you. She’d tower over you, with the power you would give her, and you will… You won’t be able to shake her from your throat, and it’ll happen all over again, if not on the field, in your head. Dig it up, you wounded thing! Your wing, can you remember where it is? Where two pines are grown together? And a maiden’s tears feed the river? No? Oh come on little man, you left it in Kosovo!
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!
* 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.