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.”
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.