Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum
Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the fourth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.
As 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 D’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “Docket.”
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 and record what predominant meaning the sum of those words strikes in your heart. And for every trick after this, from E 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 “D” PARAGRAPH: Docket
The neighbors called 911. The police found her covered in blood, staring down at a body. She didn’t know how it happened, there was practically nothing left inside her head, like a bunker after a bomb blast, communications down, just exposed wires and melted fibers. She tried it on with the cops, pleaded everything she could think of: “Look at my face, the dark circles, the dull, sagging skin, I’m lacking sleep, I’m a cyborg, an automaton, a helpless robot, no really, I’ve got a metal heart, get your medical examiner over here, have a listen to my machinery, you’ll see something’s gone wrong, I’ve been feeling decimal when I should be binary, and for almost a week now every day’s been April Fool’s and…” The cops cuffed her and stuffed her into a cruiser, took her downtown for hours and hours of questioning and psychological evaluation, gave her an orange suit to put on. “Oh no,” she told them, “What is my coloring? Look at me, REALLY look at me, do you not see my coloring? I’m a pink machine, I’m in the summer category, and you should know that means pastels! Is orange a pastel? NO!” They fought her into the orange suit, wrapped her in chains, and now she’s just a number on a docket.
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 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.