The Cagliostro


#10

I tried fiddling with some color and brightness settings. This is as clear as I could get the text on page 6

and this is as clear as I could get the symbol on page 7

Hopefully that helps with transcribing what is written? I’m not the best at photoshop so I implore those who are to try as well.


#11

just a little note about the file server page: kemetic solutions references kemet, which is what ancient egypt was called. i thought that was interesting


#12

I actually tried looking the “company” up, but I didn’t find anything about it. It’s like it doesn’t exist, so it probably means its really underground/secret. Must have to to do with whatever organization “AC” and Lauren work for.
Also just tried image searching the logo.

but nothing came up


#13

Page 2 may be a transmutation circle, it looks unfinished


#14

What do we know about this magic show? Where is it being held? Who is attending?


#15

We don’t know a whole heck of a lot. Just that the guests are “the highest members of the cultural elite” and that sometimes the guests request certain illusions. As of the “RSVP” email, we know there is a performance on January 31st.

We don’t know the “where” yet, though. Nor do we know if January 31st is the soonest date. However, I assume so, given Lauren hasn’t mentioned any upcoming performances? Whatever the case, if there is one, it’s probably going to happen in Scotland (where C is now) or in Marrakech given he’ll be there from the 19th - 28th.


#16

My thought is NY because that is where the story is based…


#17

I wonder if this will be an event we Mountineers will be able to attend.


#18

New addition to the file index - a RSVP list


#19

It looks like the set-up to a classic logic problem (of which I am HORRIBLE at solving). We may have to figure out which guest lines up with which request? Not sure. It’s quite possible that this is just the first piece of the next puzzle and we’ll need more information. It does say at the top that it will update as more guests confirm, so, possibly?


#20

Puts down his cell phone where he is literally playing a classic logic puzzle type game

Reads the RSVP list.

giggles

Actually, so far it’s pretty sparse in terms of what we have to do with this, but I hope you’re right!


#21

That does seem to be the case. I used to play those games too! I don’t think we have enough information right now to solve it though, we just need to wait.

Also, I finally was able to get a phone again. So hooray for me


#22

The Book of Briars just sent a new clue:

A flick of wrist, a towering tree
A streak of color makes the sea
A fragment poised on painter’s knife
The art of painting things to life

Painting things to life…wonder if that’s a reference to Helen Wilde? Anyway, looks like the Book is giving us a nudge.


#23

It’s definitely referring to illiomancy. Which ties into the missing wool that was made into a canvas.

It looks like pages 6 and 7 on the file share have changed. They have more details now.

Here’s the best I get on page 6 now:

The Unnamed Illiomancer

-Painted the canvas sometime betwwen late 1910’s and early 1920’s (So not Helen wilde who was born in 1919)

-Was Englishborn
-In guild of crafters <- Which one?
-Skilled in other crafts as child then secretly mentored in art of illiomancy

but illiomancy can't work now  why
taught?   Passing on useless knowledge

in (can’t read word) - who was “Mentor”

Daughter was also skilled Writer (Writer is underlined)
inkhemist? (I have no idea what that word is) - No again, …
…rourd … artifacts like…

(Word?) is mentor? Is rat(?) s…(?) of …
Art in Merseyside? so far …ads…


#24

Is there anything in the email about more information suddenly appearing? I do wonder what triggered this event to happen. Good job with transcribing the page. Maybe more will appear with time?

There is a new email!! And looks like robert got to it before I did!


#25

Yes, Miss Ellesworth sent an email saying that the pages just suddenly ‘unfaded’. She thinks that perhaps because it’s been so cold the past few days and she had the heat cranked that perhaps some invisible ink was revealed. She’s going to try to find more information in the book.

So, here’s my thinking so far. We’re looking for an artist who painted in the 1910’s - 1920’s. Possibly who has art in Merseyside somewhere like a gallery. Could even be Helen Ashman (Helen Wilde’s maiden name) parent.

Edit: It looks like Helen Ashman’s parents were Benjamin and Mildred Ashman. I can’t find any evidence either was an artist so far.

http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/usa/Wisconsin/Helen-R-Ashman_2r2vgt


#26

AC refers to the “practitioner’s sketch.” I wonder if she was referring to the second updated page. Do you think that’s what it’s called?

Also, she said the sketch would help in their efforts. Efforts to what?


#27

I swear I’ve seen something like that sketch before, but at this point over an hour of staring at webpages full of ancient symbols isn’t helping me.

As for what AC does. He/She seems to be all over the map performing ‘illusions’ but also helping patrons contact deceased (I’m assuming deceased) fathers and curing fertility problems. This Cagliostro might be a lot like the historical one and building a following of people who think he/she can perform miracles.


#28

That symbol kinda-sorta looks like the Pagan symbol for winter.


#29

I swear I’m done spamming this thread after this for a while. :slight_smile:

Looks like Miss Ellesworth got a very interesting email and asked AC what to do about it.

Marty Rank is the person who wrote the newspaper article about Brandon’s body being found, FYI. And we now have an email address for him!

Good afternoon,

The below email just arrived through the catch-all address for the site. Please let me know if you’d like me to respond.

LE

-------- Original Message --------

Subject:
interview/piece

Date:
2016-12-06 15:30

From:
marty.60@yahoo.com

To:
"inquiries@thecagliostro.com" inquiries@thecagliostro.com

Afternoon, my name’s Marty Rank, I’m a reporter with the Times. I was working on a piece about local governmental corruption and found this email address and information on some of your clientele. I’m interested in speaking with you.

My angle in a perfect world would be how ill-gotten gains are spent on things like secret million-dollar-ticket magic shows, but I get you have a rep to protect. I’m flexible if you’re willing to talk with me. You’re not my target and neither are the names of your patrons. I want them to stop pushing on the paper to get at me and this is my shot across the bow.

Thanks