Roberto Giobbis Secret Agenda (Hermetic Press, 2010) is an interesting and unique book. I am unaware of any book in magic that follows its formatone small chapter meant to be read each calendar day. Though I suspect some exist in the larger worlds of self-help and spiritual guidance literature, Ive never run across one. And the diversity of the work makes it difficult to categorize. It has effects, advice, sleights, ideas, challenges, and much more. Sometimes the entries dont appear to be related to magic. But I am from the Dai Vernon School of Magic: learn as much as you can about the world in which you live and love and then everything becomes related to magic. Mr. Giobbi is a living example of this philosophy.
While the book is difficult to classify, Mr. Giobbi categorizes it (for the benefit of those who feel the need to) as a notebook. So, following the example it sets, my idea is that I will discuss those days that I find most interesting here, as they happen. And, of course, I want you to be part of the discussion: Our own notebook here on the Genii Forum. (And speaking of notebooks, Secret Agenda is one of those books that begs the reader to keep their notebook handy. I have dozens of entries in mine from this book.)
If you dont have Secret Agenda, I highly recommend that you go out and get it. There is a lot to like about this book. For me, one day in particular changed years of habit literally overnight. Of course youll have to wait until we get to that day to find out what it is.
The ground rules:
I would like to start off each day. But as noted, I dont necessarily find each day in Secret Agenda particularly interesting. So, if by 10:00 PM Pacific Time in the USA on that date I have not posted something, then someone else is free to post their thoughts for that day. After all, maybe that day was interesting to them.
The format is important. My posts will start with the calendar day. Any response from members should start with the calendar day that they are replying to. That way, for example, if someone wants to comment on January 5 to the entry covering January 1, they can do so without any confusion. If everyone sticks to this, it should work.
Interestingly, 2012 just happens to be a leap year, and SA has an entry for February 29. Its almost as if I planned this.
Thats all there is to it. So to recap:
I will start the days comment by 10 PM PST.
If I havent posted by that time, anyone else can if they want.
Each post must start with the calendar date being referenced.
It doesnt matter when readers reply to any date thats already started.
There might be times when I post ahead. For example, if this summer I make my annual escape into the redwood forest in Northern California, where there is no computer access, I will post those days ahead of time. And since I will be a tad busy the first week of October, you can also expect those days to be posted ahead of time.
So are we together on this? I hope so!
Because of the wide range of subjects, a days post could be my take on an idea or trick, or a rant against something Mr. Giobbi said that I disagree with, a question posed to the readers, or?
So take out your copies of Secret Agenda and follow along. Maybe we all can learn something together.