the complication of L

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!




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.


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