Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum
Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the twenty-third 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 W’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “wave.”
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 W 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 “W” PARAGRAPH: Wake
The first light of day is at the windows, water laps the retaining wall, a fisherman’s two stroke engine cuts out, crushed stones call from within me…
Just so you know, the Boston Whaler still cuts the glass of the bay like before: wind in our hair, you crouched at the bow…
And that same wind, just a few miles away, still blasts through the cornstalks in the field by the old farmhouse – and further on from there, the river still rushes through our old city, once vital with businesses now gone, our gray-rushing Genessee still spills over dams, willing life to return and to care what happens again…
Just so you know, in case deaths are births, and you wake up back here.
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
Trick Q – Quotient – 19 April 2014
Trick R – Relegate – 21 April 2014
Trick S – Snag – 22 April 2014
Trick T – Thermos – 23 April 2014
Trick U – Upbringing – 24 April 2014
Trick V – Vernacular – 25 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.