Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum
Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the seventeenth 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 Q’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “quotient.”
And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I not so wildly jotted down the paragraph below in a lack of 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 R 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 “Q” PARAGRAPH: Quotient
The ether is rapidly ascending and the gods have no choice but to go with it. It is their environment, after all, the thing that surrounds them, flows in and out of them like water in and around a fish. And like a fish would still be a fish without water, without the ether the gods would still be gods, only dead. Same with air and humans. As divided as my mind is, one side into the other can yield nothing less than acceptance of being left behind, for the gods have been gracious enough to share ideas from the ether with me up ‘til now. It’s very simple, really. Trouble is, what’s simple for fish and gods is not simple for humans. When a quotient not in our favor is arrived at so simply and sensibly, it quite obviously lacks an essential satisfaction ingredient: a hissy fit.
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 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
Trick M – Masking Tape – 15 April 2014
Trick N – Nonce – 16 April 2014
Trick O – Occult – 17 April 2014
Trick P – Poultice – 18 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.