HISTORY OF WHATS MY SIGN?
By Bob Farmer
K.E.N.T. (the Knepper-Mahood misstep) mistakenly credits Ray Grismer with the invention of Whats My Sign? of course, the real credit for a progressive anagram should be to Stanley Collins (1922) not Ray Grismer. As to its use in astrology
In January of 1986 I came up with an effect called, Fate Accompli it had several different elements, one of which was the use of a progressive anagram to determine a spectators astrological sign. I sent this off to Max Maven and he mentioned it to T. A. Waters.
T.A. published his version, Signse in New Invocation, No. 39, June 1987 (later republished in MIND, MYTH AND MAGIC (pp. 460-462), crediting me with the original idea.
In a 1987 letter to me, T.A. explained his publication of the idea as follows:
The reason I put Signse into INVOCATION something I had originally not intended to do is that one of the people I showed it to was Ray Grismer, sometime more than a year ago. This past January I saw it advertised under his name in the Hades Newsletter. I dont think Ray intentionally lifted it just forgot where he had seen it but I did want to set the record straight and give credit to you for the inspiration.
Steve Banachek sent me a very interesting version in 1996 (and posted my e-mail on the origins to the PEA newsgroup).
Incidentally, Alain Nu has a completely different (and very clever) method for nailing the sign see his Zodiesque.
I also invented Hippity Hoppity Wrabbity Wrabbit Run, but have never received credit.