I am publicly laying claim to have found
the map to David Blaine's hidden treasure
and am simultaneously releasing to anybody
who wants to use it to find the treasure.
I am releasing this with a time stamp
to all the "Treasure Hunt" forums
as well as David Blaine's official forum
and EMAIL address. David Blaine has always
stated he wanted to bring people together
and in that spirit I have decided to release
The Map for all to pursue. May Peace and
Love be upon you all.
PART ONE: The Map
David Blaine said there was a simple solution
if you were to "think outside the
box" and that if you tried to solve
the mystery by solving all the clues it
would be very difficult. The following
coversation takes place between Davi Blaine
and Paula Zahn, back on November 14, 2002
when the challenge was first released
with the book.
BLAINE: I kind of created it, so
-- with help, of course, but I created
it so that it would be very simple, if
you were to think outside of the box,
or if you were to go the typical way of
solving clues, it would be very difficult.
ZAHN: Do you think anybody's going to
BLAINE: So if you turn it counterclockwise
and you start to decipher the letters,
these are top halves of letters, so you
can see the word wonderful. Maybe you
could look at the last one which is P-E-E-
R-S, which people figured out, it's all
over the Internet already. There are clues
like that that are abstract.
ZAHN: We appreciate the help, David.
We just have to understand those clues.
BLAINE: I'm not helping you, believe
When I first contemplated solving this,
I immediately believed all the ciphers
in the book, while possibly leading anywhere,
were nothing but a brilliant work of distraction
by Cliff Johnson.
We all know by now from the public clues
Blaine gave, that the orb is in a stone.
The simplest solution begins with, "X
MARKS THE SPOT" on page 59.
Every child knows that X marks the spot
for buried treasure on a map.
I plug that term into a search engine,
the first connection kicks in.
The actress "Sally Blane" starred
in the film, "X Marks The Spot"
We're in the movies now and the "Guys
and Dolls" movie still underneath
the stone with the "X" on it
becomes the focus of my attention. I do
a search on the movie. I find that actress
VIVIAN BLAINE plays Adelaide, Sinatra's
love interest. The girls surrounding Brando
were called "The Goldwyn Girls"
and I switch it around thinking "win
gold." They are sitting on boxes,
think "outside" the box..
The "A" in the lower left hand
corner box is identical to a compass directional
in the Haggstrom road maps. The girls'
outfits remind me of the Little Man from
Nurmberg's hair and his hidden messages.
I get the magnifying glass out. I think
of the new paperback edition of "Mysterious
Stranger" and the eye in the hand.
I think "sight of hand" a play
on sleight of hand. I look at Brando's
left hand pointing at the fine 50's cleavage.
I bring the magnifying glass closer. On
her left breast I believe the number "911"
has been inked in and, I believe... an
upside down number "70" has
also been manufactured. It's much clearer
in the new paperback edition, but you
should have no problem seeing it with
a magnifying glass in the hard cover.
I turn the book around 90 degrees clockwise,
so the numbers now read "116 70".
It's odd that the 70 looks more like
70 when it's upside down. I'm not totally
certain about the "70" or what
it means, but it got me to turn the thing
over and think about 116, which I am certain
about. I saw the 911 and it caused an
alert, a strong reaction automatically
kicked in. The possibility of the 70 being
upside down gave me the idea to turn the
The moment I realized it was the number
116 when flipped over, I became thrilled.
I pondered, "What's the
simplest meaning?" The answer,
"The map must be on page 116."
I frantically turn to page 116 and
lo and behold, a map lies there
in the left hand border! A map of
Venezuala. But the orb is hidden
in the Continental USA?
Still, the coincidence feels too
strong, and I keep staring at the
map, waiting for inspiration. Suddenly,
I notice the trim of the map looks
very much like a film strip, as
well as a map binder. We're back
in the movies now. The Guys and
Dolls film strip led me to the map
page. Then I recall the song, "Follow
the Fold" from Guys and Dolls.
I had come across all the lyrics
while doing the first search. So
I follow the fold over the dark
solid line going down the page cutting
the map almost in half, removing
the most Eastern section of the
pg. 116 map from view.
As I tilt the map clockwise, while
playing with the film strip, I begin
to recognize the Western border
as practically identical to a map
of New Jersey. I then read what
David Blaine has scribbled in there.
It says, "river creates a
border with Columbia." And
I notice that the Delaware River
creates a border between New Jersey
and Pennsylvania in an identical
pattern as to the pg. 116 map.
Just turn the DB map clockwise
about 80 degrees and compare the
ridges and contours of the two maps.
Look up at the North West area
of the New Jersey map and see that
the city of COLUMBIA, New Jersey,
borders Pennsylvania. And right
above COLUMBIA, you can see the
slight blue line of the Delaware
River, which means that Columbia
borders a river separating two States
on both maps, maps that are very
Going back to the Guys and Dolls
photo, it's been altered from the
original. I found a rare original
copy of this photo for sale on the
internet. It's a driect generation
from the original studio negative.
It hasn't been delivered yet, but
I have a JPEG you can see. It's
been drastically trimmed.
It's also in color. The "F"
and the "R" have been trimmed
off the box leaving the "A",
which looks just like a map compass directional.
(The letter read "age" if you
leave out the hidden "i". It
originally read "fragile."
It will be interesting to see if the
numbers "116" and "70"
are in the original photo or not . You
can't tell from this J Peg. Regardless,
the odds of the maps being that alike
as well as the numbers being present by
coincidence are mathematically extreme.
Now flip to the very first page of the
chapter with the Guys and Dolls movie
still in it, Chapter V, "Confidence."
Go there now and read the caption by Cicero,
"Careful attention to one thing
often proves superior to genius."
And the images on pages 54 and 55 are
of a child and a genius. It's a tip off
that the simple solution would be foudn
in Chapter Five. The one thing you needed
to concentrate on was the most obvious,
and the most simple clue.
X MARKS THE SPOT.
The map is on page 116, and the treaure
is in New Jersey, where David Blaine lived
from 11 to 16.
I'm giving the map away because I want
the glory more than the gold.
I'm severely broke, but the money made
me feel dark today.
I needed to cleanse myself. I hope somebody
PART 2: The Map Point
Going back to the map. The dashes that
plot DB's course are like the morse code
dashes on other pages. The first point
on the map is "Puerto Ayacucho".
The name Ayacucho means "the corner
where we cried for our dead people"
in "Quechuan", the Inka’s
language. I've also seen it translated
as, "The corner of the dead"
and "The place of the dead."
While doing a search on Ayachuco this
listing came back - "A town in Worcestershire,
England, so called from the old English
Dode-ley, the place of the dead, a burying-ground.
Dodelig, in the Danish, signifies pale,
death-like, mortal; so also the Dutch
Doodelijk, and German Todlich. Duv-da-lethe,
in the Gaelic and Celtic, which has been
corrupted to Dudley, has the same signification."
I then plugged in "Dudley, New Jersey"
in a search and found exactly one hit
mentioning a town called Dudley, New Jersey
in a biography on W.C. Fields. This informed
me that the town of Dudley was just north
of Camden. In fact it is now part of East
The "Puerto Ayacucho" point
on the DB map corresponds perfectly to
Camden, New Jersey. I went there today
and it was quite a trip. Thomas Dudley
was one of the greatest fighters against
slavery in the history of the USA. He
organized a spy ring in Liverpool to bust
the British doing business with the Confederacy.
The small town that was Dudley in East
Camden now holds Dudley Grange Park, on
what was his estate. This is a very run
down area but it has loads of character
I didn't find the egg.
I went to the Camden free library and
while doing research on Dudley, I came
across info on Walt Whitman who is buried
in Harleigh Cemetery, Camden New Jersey.
I thought "place of the dead."
Harleigh Cemetery is one of the most intense
cemeteries I've ever seen with massive
mausoleums. On my way from the library
to Harleigh I had to cross through a ghetto
of Camden where I came by the most run
down and beaten up Cemetery I've ever
seen sitting next to a Salvation Army
(which once again reminded me of Guys
and Dolls.) This cemetery is open 24/7
and I can assure you there is no security.
Their are many holes in the surrounding
fence. The place is surreal. Many of the
headstones are all smashed up, and I looked
over every stone in this place of the
It was one of the most interesting and
spiritual walks I've ever had and it reminded
me of just how destined for the next life
we all all. The name of the cemetery was
not identified, and was not marked.
I did not find the orb.
I then moved on to the extreme opposite,
Harleigh Cemetery, a bastion of wealth.
Whitman's tomb is this bizarre mausoleum
which is made of huge stone slabs, about
7 of them, which apparently weigh two
to three tons each. Also, the tomb is
surrounded by stones of varying sizes,
which drove me crazy looking for the orb.
Whitman was born is Brooklyn, like David
Blaine, and he moved to New Jersey, like
DB. I couldn't find the orb.
Buried not far from Whitman is Nick Virgilio,
the famous American Haiku poetry master.
Haiku's made me think of Cliff Johnson
I didn't find the egg.
I believe the Orb will be found in Camden, New Jersey
I am the first to locate the town Blaine's
treasure is buried in. Nov. 7, 2003.
BLAINE: The clue is, if my tattoo is
fearless, then climb 10 weeks to find
the route, and route is spelled r-o-u-t-e.
If my tattoo is fearless then climb 10
weeks to find the route -- the other thing
I would say is drop the most common dice
number that’s thrown on a craps
The tattoo David refers to in the new
riddle is the one on his arm from the
last page of the book. The tattoo reads
If that number is “fearless”
then climb 10 weeks. The number must represent
a date since we are measuring distance
by days. I started doing the math.
60 minutes in an hour — 24 x 60
= 1440 — 1440 minutes in a day.
31 x 1440 = 44640 (Jan)
28 x 1440 = 40320 (Feb)
31 x 1440 = 44640 (Mar)
30 x 1440 = 43200 (Apr)
That covers Jan. 1 - April 30.
174517 - 172800 = 1717
1717 - 1440 = 267
That covers May 1st and we’re into
267 minutes is.... 4 hours and 27 minutes.
The date is May 2nd and the time is 4:27
We must now determine if May 2nd is a
“fearless” day. I thought
it was going to lead to May 1st, which
I was hoping for because that is “International
Workers Day.” But it’s not
May 1st, it’s May 2nd.
I plugged May 2nd into a search engine
and found a VERY interesting fact. Have
you ever heard of the MAY 2nd MOVEMENT
from the 60’s?
From the May 2nd Movement Manifesto,
“The May 2nd movement opposes this
1965 version of imperialism--the corporations
that exact superprofits, the military
machine that enforces the system by violence
and the cultural establishment that maintains
the system abroad and at home, by racism,
ignorance, lies and suppression of the
socially creative forces within man himself.”
It’s certainly qualifies as a “fearless”
day. Anytime the people stand up to tyranny
and violence against a tyrannical regime
they are being brave. May 2nd 1964 was
the day this movement started and it was
a fearless day.
The date for purposes of solving the
riddle is May 2 and the time is 4:27 AM
when we start climbing.
At 4:28 AM on July 10th the 70th day
begins. While it is the 70th day for 4
hours and 27 minutes on July 11, it is
the 70th day for over 19 HOURS on JULY
10th. July 10 may be written correctly
Drop the number that’s most commonly
rolled in a craps game. That number is
7 which leaves us with 10, ROUTE 10 in
Look at a map of New Jersey now. State
ROUTE 10 begins in WEST ORANGE, New Jersey
at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Avenue
and Main Street. Mt. Pleasant Avenue is
ROUTE 10. Main Street is THOMAS EDISON
Chapter 5, “Confidence”
holds David Blaine’s so called
“simple” solution to
the challenge. “Careful attention
to one thing often proves superior
to genius.” — Cicero.
That’s from page 54 with the
On page 55 is “the genius”,
a slightly altered image of THOMAS
EDISON, but the eyes have been retouched.
Look at the following slides of
Edison, concentrate on the last
two, there are 6 which will flash
by after you click the link. #5
shows Edison holding a tube or something
and it’s the one after that
you really need to focus on.
It’s THOMAS EDISON. Edison
set up shop in WEST ORANGE from
1887-1931, his most prolific years.
More than half of his 1093 patents
were created there. Edison is buried
in West Orange.
The most important thing that was
created by Edison in West Orange
is the MOTION PICTURE. The Black
Maria full size replica sits outside
on Main Street. We’re back
in the movies where this solve started.
The film strip from “Guys and Dolls”
led us to the map on page 116. We found
the “911” inked into the cleavage
of the girl in the photo on page 59, the
girl Marlon Brando’s left hand is
pointing at. But there is an upside down
number “70” in that photo
also, a space or two away from the 911.
So when you turn the book over and the
70 is right side up, the “911”
I like the idea of Blaine turning the
911 over and making it into something
positive. DAVID, that’s beautiful.
Congratulations on your greatest effect
ever. I love it man, pure genius. May
peace and love be upon you.
The cleavage brings us the answer, “The
Map” is on page 116. It looks like
a motion picture FILM STRIP. (It’s
also interesting to note that Guys and
Dolls is centered around Sinatra’s
“floating craps game”.)
ON page 56 we have the story of Titanic
Thompson throwing the ORANGE. Now turn
to page 55 and notice Edison on it, 55
is West of 56. WEST ORANGE.
I then needed to correlate WEST ORANGE
to “The Map” on page 116 which
I claim is most of New Jersey (missing
part of the East Coast).
I also needed to clear up what the hidden
number 70 from page 59 was all about.
I wasn’t sure in “The Map”
solution, but now I know and it’s
Howard Hughes is on page 70 where his
plane, a Lockheed Superelectra (defined
by the number NX 19873) touched down in
Brooklyn on Floyd Bennet Field. Back to
I determined that the “Puerto Ayacucho”
map point was the “deceased”
town of Dudley, New Jersey and is now
known as East Camden. I still had to determine
what the map point of CARACAS was.
While comparing the map on page 116 to
a map of New Jersey, you must tilt the
map in the book clockwise almost 90 degrees.
When you do this you’ll see that
the dotted line goes from CAMDEN to NEWARK.
CARACAS is NEWARK. Caracas is the largest
city in Venezuela and Newark is the largest
city in New Jersey. Both are on the water.
Vivian Blaine, the lead from Guys and
Dolls was born in Newark and Howard Hughes
touched down in Newark when he broke the
record for the fastest USA coast to coast
This is where the number “70”
clue on page 59 comes in. Howard Hughes
touched down in Floyd Bennet field when
he broke the record for flying around
the world. On page 70 is the close up
plane touching down. The page is a map
Take a straight edge and plot a line
from the center of Floyd Bennet Field
in Brooklyn and run it through NEWARK,
New Jersey. Look at where it crosses ROUTE
10, yup.... It crosses ROUTE 10 in WEST
I don’t know if you’ve been
to Cliff Johnson’s site recently,
but he has a message there stating that
he created the most recent clue given
by Blaine on Larry King. This caption
appears above the photos of Cliff with
DB and Kalush.
Now read the caption from another page
at the site which once again shows the
same photo of Cliff and Blaine: “I
designed the $100,000 Challenge for the
book Mysterious Stranger with street magician
David Blaine and potato king Bill Kalush
in summer of 2002. We’re standing
under the big dub-a-ya. See it?”
This is a reference to the film, “It’s
a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” where they
search for the buried treasure which is
marked by a big “W”.
Thomas Edison was once asked by a new
employee, “What are the rules?”
And Edison replied, “Rules. There
are no rules, we’re trying to create
This film is one of Cliff Johnson’s
favorite films of all time. The big W
stands for WEST.
The Amulet is hidden in WEST ORANGE,
STOP THE HUNT! I have found THE TREASURE.
It was grabbed by me at 11:30 PM right
across the street from the BLACK MARIA
replica, the first motion picture studio,
in a small public parking lot in West
Orange, New Jersey last night, 11/7/2003.
I was almost arrested by the police so
the whole thing is recorded for posterity.
After posting the location essay last
night, I had a sudden recollection of
an interview David Blaine gave to NEWSDAY
last year. I don't know what the driving
thought was, but I just knew I had to
look that interview up, and when I did,
the date it took place hit me like a ton
of bricks. It opened up a door making
me realize that I actually had my hand
on the amulet earlier that day and did
not know it.
I will put together a full essay with
photos of the Amulet and a very extensive
final solution soon. I need to crash out
as Im totally exhausted.
But for now I will give you the main
info that helped me understand and procure
"Some might say this was the strange
place where coincidence plays into reality,
but when it hits on this level, it seems
to be more than coincidence, as if there's
some other force at work."
David Blaine, pg. 106 of "Mysterious
The final answer has a massive coincidence
attached. As stated, the amulet was found
on 7/11/2003, exactly one year to the
day that David Blaine gave the most important
interview regarding "The Amulet."
Rule 4 on page 213 states:
4. The Book was first available on October
29, 2002. The Challenge will run until
both the Map and Treasure are found....
Rule 4 establishes that The Challenge
begins on October 29.
I now draw your attention to the interview
David Blaine gave to NEWSDAY last year
on november 7, 2002:
By David Behrens
Newsday staff writer
November 7, 2002
"Visiting David Blaine's Manhattan
apartment is like having a front-row
seat at a one-man show. Great entertainment,
even though it's hard to spot where
the performer ends and the real person
They mesh - fittingly - as if by magic.
The 29-year-old magician - tabbed by
some critics as a potential successor
to the great Harry Houdini - unfolds
himself in a cascade of ideas, stories,
literary allusions, pithy quotations,
tips on diet and health, and his plans
for present and future.
Foremost in his thoughts on this occasion
is his new book, "Mysterious Stranger:
A Book of Magic" (Villard, $24.95),
published last week."
NEWSDAY is a daily New York newspaper.
This article appeared on November 7, 2002.
The writer mentions above that "Mysterious
Stranger" was "published last
week." So this interview took place
around a week after publication. The challenge
was released to the public according to
RULE 4 on October 29, 2002. In order for
the CHALLENGE to be "running",
"THE TREASURE", "an "AMULET",
according to the rules, must have been
hidden at the time of this interview.
Now look at the following passage from
the NEWSDAY interview (the link to the
full interview is below).
"Soon after his discovery of Houdini,
he told his mother he was going to be
a showman when he grew up. "She smiled
and said that sounded great," he
'But let me show you my treasure,"
Blaine says, pointing to the mantelpiece
in his living room.
There rests a small round golden ball.
It is gold, in fact, the size of a small
child's palm. It is hefty enough to be
worth $10,000 - but its real value has
doubled since it is hand-inscribed with
a message in miniature script.
Blaine turns the ball counterclockwise,
reading the words cut into the gold, snaking
round and round the nugget: Magic, Enchantment,
Conjure, Charm, Astonish, Spirit, Prestige,
The gold ball will be buried somewhere
in the United States, he says. The clues
are in the text and illustrations of his
book. Find the nugget and win the money."
One year to the date David "set
up" the misdirection "effect",
the real AMULET was found. Coincidence.
What a trip. The "AMULET", aka
"The Treasure" is not the gold
ball that David spoke about in this and
many other interviews because at the time
David gave this interview we know the
Challenge was at least one week old, and
we know the gold ball was not hidden.
He showed the gold ball with the magical
words written around it to David Behrens
at least one week after "The Challenge"
Therefore, "THE TREASURE" referenced
in "THE RULES" must be a different
AMULET than the one David showed to Behrens.
Indeed it is. I found it, and it has
symbols written on it. I found it just
a few steps from where the first motion
pictures were made, "in a stone"
and I did not have to damage any property
to get it. The spot was very cleverly
marked with an "X" which is
a prop I also have in my possession.
My fantastic adventure with this hunt
began when I decided to focus on the most
simple clue in the whole book, the stone
with the X on it from page 59.
X MARKS THE SPOT.
"Careful attention to one thing
often proves superior to genius."
Cicero, from page 54 of "Mysterious
I'll have photos and more of the solution
for you after I get some sleep and celebrate
with my friends a bit.
Thomas Alva Edison, aka The WIZARD of
Menlo Park. IMHO Edison is the greatest
magician ever. After all, he is responsible
for giving us RECORDS and MOTION PICTURES,
the two greatest works of magic ever (not
Where would we be without movies and
I snapped the photo standing at the site
I found The Amulet. Just so we're clear,
the AMULET was found at the spot I'm standing
on which you cannot see in this picture.
What you can see is a very weird multi
colored image that looks like a trippy
ghost taking flight over the street. And
the head of the ghost appears in the EDISON
water tower. Is that the ghost of Thomas
Edison? I don't know about that, but it
did give me an electric jolt when I saw