'The Queen's Almanac' by Prof BC
In time for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, Lebanon Circle Magic is pleased to present The Queen’s Almanac by Professor BC. A unique, self-working method and a book from 1577 combine with the Elizabethan sciences of cartomancy, numerology, and bibliomancy to create an effect in which your spectator rediscovers a Queen’s past and learns her own future. No memory work. Completely impromptu (so long as you have this kit, you are ready to perform a stunning evening that will not only astonish but create a conversation well into the night). What did the future hold for Elizabeth I? What does it now hold for your spec! The Queen’s Almanac presents uncanny, precognitive advice drawn from cartomancy, numerology, and bibliomancy that comes true before your eyes.
In 1977, Hampton Court Palace celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee with an exhibition drawn from the Royal Archive. The centrepiece of the exhibit was a long-thought-lost quarto from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I: John Dee’s fabled Booke of Daies from 1577. The happy concurrence of its discovery in the book’s 400th year and the present monarch’s 25th anniversary was almost too fortuitous. To celebrate, the printing office released a souvenir book describing the legendary book’s history and a complete, page-by-page photographic facsimile of the remarkable almanac.
Sadly, the souvenir book lamented, the secret to reading the 365 entries has been lost to time. Clearly, the entries give astrological and practical advice, but no key survives to guide one to the entry that relates to the present, ever-changing alignment of stars.
The extraordinary book, therefore, must only remain a mysterious, intriguing, and potentially magical artifact from the time of Shakespeare: potentially magical because, throughout, it seems to hint at John Dee’s combined interests in alchemy, astrology, and the ability to communicate with angels.
Happily, you had a relative (or friend) who visited that exhibition in 1977 and purchased a copy of that souvenir book at the Hampton Court gift shop. This is it.
As part of that twentieth-century exhibition, a set of (inaccurately labelled) ‘scrying cards’ were also put on display, and (by happy accident) copies of these proto-Tarot cards were also for sale at the gift shop, and your relative bought them as well.
As with any such Royal Jubilee souvenirs, the book and pack of cards sat almost completely untouched. The book’s dust jacket and original card box were sadly lost as the objects were shuffled into old trunks, attics, and cellars as your relative’s family went on with their lives.
That was until a few years ago when, during an idle rummage, you happened to open a trunk and found these souvenirs in a rather happy state of preservation. After reading the book’s introductory pages, you became fascinated. You read the entries, trying to decipher the hidden meaning that had long eluded the scholars, but all to no avail . . . John Dee’s advice to Elizabeth seemed lost indeed . . . until you turned your attention to those cards.
There was no hint of (indeed nobody had apparently even considered) a link between the cards and book, but you now believe that, with them, you have discovered an extraordinary connection, which you wish to demonstrate now . . .
Your spectator does everything: she takes the cards and mixes them, chooses one to act as the control, yet you proceed to give her a cartomancy reading that John Dee might have given Elizabeth I. Your spectator/sitter then arranges the cards in any order she wishes, in pairs and/or singles, adds the resultant numbers together and turns to the entry indicated by the sum at which she has freely arrived (with no funny business from you—a genuinely open, fair, and free number arrived at in the most natural, clean manner imaginable). No tricks are employed. Absolutely none. Yet, the entry she has chosen directly amplifies and clarifies the reading you have just given. In essence, the reading now comes true before her very eyes. Every detail of your reading is reflected in the entry that she freely arrived at only after the reading was completed (no guidance, no equivoque, no control, genuinely her own actions taking her to this unique entry).
When the miracle seems to be over, and the magic of John Dee is proved beyond any doubt, your spec then turns over her control card (which has been in her control the whole time), only to discover one last, startling, alchemical transformation has occurred: her card (which she chose freely) has become the fabled Dee Compass Rose.
This is Professor BC’s The Queen’s Almanac.
The entire effect hinges upon a new method (which member of the Doppelgänger forum have labelled ‘The Corrigan Compass’ after its creator).
- This method is dead easy,
- wholly self-working,
- no memory work is needed,
- completely in the spec’s control,
- no set-up,
- instantaneous reset,
- no gimmicks,
- nothing to palm,
- no trickery,
- nothing invisible, and yet
- impossible to reverse-engineer or discover.
In fact, the performer will actually discover what it feels like to foretell the future. Only after the spec arranges her cards (however she pleases, changing her mind as often as she likes) do you know what her path will reveal—just as in a genuine world of fortunetelling, yet if you can read English, you can perform The Queen’s Almanac at any time (so long as you have the book and cards).
The lengthy performance manual provides all you need to know and a number of routines to stimulate thinking, but the basic working (and all you actually require to perform this remarkable feat) is covered in a single, brief sentence.
The Queen’s Almanac may be performed as a miraculous Renaissance cartomancy (Tarot-style) reading, an experiment in mind transference, fortunetelling, or as a book effect: either as a one-off or evening’s entertainment.
This is not a convenient walk-around effect but rather a powerful story presentation (suitable for close-up, parlor, or platform) that presents an example of Renaissance soothsaying that seems to (and in a sense actually does) prove the power and astounding accuracy of cartomancy, numerology, bibliomancy, and Dee’s unique astrology. Only 110 copies of The Queen’s Almanac will be sold (book, cards, bonus gift, and all instructions). When they are gone, they are gone forever.
Because this is a supposed souvenir book from 1977 that has seen little handling, the book arrives to you in a ‘gently aged’ (nearly new) condition but depicts a wholly believable set of photographs of Dee’s 1577 book (created from an actual Renaissance quarto in Professor BC’s library). Likewise, the souvenir cards, lovingly preserved since 1977, arrive in a ‘like new’ condition. The cards, intended to suggest a 1970s-era revisioning of Dee’s originals, are Tarot size with linen finish and come in a white tuck box to keep them clean. If you are looking for time-worn, aged-and-battered props, The Queen’s Almanac is not for you.