the unsoundness of D

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.

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 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 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!




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


* 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.

9 responses to “the unsoundness of D

  1. Dahling, it is a terrible thing to be imprisoned, but it is just adding insult to injury not to offer prisoner garb which suits one’s coloring!
    Thank you ever so much for your faithful visits to the Diary of Debauchery!

  2. My predominant thought after reading D for Docket, is that we are spiraling Down into a Dark-as-a-Dungeon place. I like your Description of her head, and the suggestions of her being some kind of a cyborg are rather terrifying. Then there is the bizarre humor—suggesting something of her Deranged state of mind. Perhaps E can offer us something more Elevating! Thanks!

    • Exactly what I got. Keen synopsis, Josna, well put.
      And of course by now, we know what E has offered. You have to know when I saw Endanger above my fingertip, I thought “Oh dear, Josna may not get her elevation…”

  3. The cops allowed her one phone call. She called her stylist. The only way out of this was to look good for the judge, and the cameras.

    • Ooh I do like that one, EllaDee. As with your comment on the C-paragraph, there’s truth to do with human nature in this one as well – in this case, it’s the old wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing trick!

    • Oh I know, forced into eternal Halloween, how awful!
      I’m glad you came by since we’re theme-sisters of sorts – the great minds theory, you think?

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