the assurance of M

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!




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.

4 responses to “the assurance of M

  1. Love the descriptions of textures textures in this piece–the ancient, crumbling masking tape and the smooth, solid old tools. I also like the way in such a short piece, you manage to convey the respect of the younger man for the old woman.

  2. I know that tape! I’ve even tried to use it!

    Once, when my son, now 12, was about 3, he spent 45 minutes stringing masking tape from point to point in our dining room. Not a single tangle, or drooping strand. Straight taut lines. Angles. The frown of utter focus on his small, earnest face.

    Lines. Angles. Force. Speed.

    Any surprise that this much-bigger boy is into physics? =)

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