THE
LARRY
KING

INTERVIEW

November 5, 2003

KING: Now, you have a book on “The New York Times” Bestseller called “Mysterious Stranger.”

BLAINE: Yes.

KING: A Book of Magic. And there you see the cover. And in the book, you have $100,000 treasure hunt?

BLAINE: Yes.

KING: A hundred thousand dollars is hidden somewhere, right?

BLAINE: Yes.

KING: And I understand you’re going to give one clue tonight.

BLAINE: Yes.

KING: Free.

BLAINE: All the clues for this have been cryptography, which are really difficult, nobody broke it. So I’m going to give a clue that’s very simple. It’s one sentence.

KING: It’s in the United States?

BLAINE: Uh-huh. And this is the first clue that I’m giving that’s simple, that has nothing to do with cryptography.

KING: And this is cash? The person will find cash?

BLAINE: Well, they’ll find a gold ball, and they’ll find my phone number. Then they’ll call me, and then the book publishers have a check for $100,000 that they’ll give them.

KING: The clue is?

BLAINE: The clue is, if my tattoo is fearless, then climb ten weeks to find the route.

JOHNSON: It’s November 4, 2003 at 8 PM. DB telephones me with a curious request. He’s going to be on The Larry King Show — the very next day! — and he wants me to write out a brand new clue, a single sentence, which would be sufficient to solve the $100,000 Challenge. Well, all righty then.

I decided this new clue ought to (1) appear maddeningly straightforward, (2) reference the solution in a similar manner as the book, (3) connect the book to the Fearless DVD, and (4) require the use of the Internet to research the location.

 
 

In the Fearless DVD, DB announced that “Houdini once stayed here.” Note that the 2451 street address appears to float over the stone wall with an uncanny iridescence.

And the DVD "easter egg" clearly showed the Rick Rubin estate (if one happened to be looking for it).

 
 

So, I constructed the clue, IF MY TATTOO IS FEARLESS, THEN CLIMB TEN WEEKS TO FIND THE ROUTE.

It appeared maddeningly straightforward. It had the same flavor as those who had tasted the book’s mysteries. It forced a connection between the book and the DVD. And the Internet would be a vital in connecting the dots. All good.

IF MY TATTOO IS FEARLESS — The book shows the 174517 tattoo and the DVD reveals the street address 2451. They have 451 in common. But the real purpose of this clue is to prompt the treasure hunters to compare the book and the DVD further.

In the book, DB devotes a whole chapter to Houdini, and in the DVD, he offers, “Houdini once stayed here.”

If you do a web search for “Houdini House,” you will discover that “during the Houdini’s frequent touring to the west coast, they befriended Dr. Walker who owned a large estate at 2400 Laurel Canyon Blvd. in Hollywood, California.”

The Rick Rubin estate is the next property to the north at 2451. When you see it in person, the “easter egg” confirms that “this must be the place.”

THEN CLIMB TEN WEEKS — The estate is built into the hillside where there are many stairways to climb. The number 70 can be derived from 10 weeks X 7 days. There is only one set of stairs that climbs upward for 70 steps. Take it.

TO FIND THE ROUTE — ROUTE is a homophone of ROOT, and directly across from the 70th step is a single tree and under its main ROOT is the prize.

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