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February 20, 2014

THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

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“THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD”
“most marvelous of marvels the most wondrous of wonders, the eighth
and most incredible wonder of them all… “
by
geo



geo geller – 280 9th Ave #20B – NYC NY 10001
email: geo@geogeller.com
copyright 1993 ver 12993




“THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD”
dedicated to you and to wonder
(* = picture for story board film or childrens book)
– a work in progress –

* one day while i was sitting on a park bench this very old man came
and sat down next to me… he was wearing a black coat, a white
shirt, he had a *cane made from some wood i had never seen before… he
wore a little beret… we sat there in silence for a long time… i was
lost in my thoughts… when i noticed he had something in his hand, it
was wrapped in black cloth and he was petting it as if it were a baby

* i can’t remember what happened next but for some reason we started
talking. he told me the most incredible story i had ever heard… he had
traveled all over the world one day while he was on the beach in Bahia
Brazil near the 17th parallel.

* he was fishing on the beach one morning when he came across this
bottle. a strange big flat bottle had washed up on the shore, it had
barnacles and moss growing all over it. he picked it up pulled the cork
out and looked inside. he found a letter and something he couldn’t
figure out how they fit it through the tiny hole in the bottle…

* the letter said that it was put in the water somewhere in Africa and
inside the bottle was the eighth wonder of the world. it said that the
person who finds this has to take care of it… he looked at it and
read the letter over and over… he thought maybe it was a sign… since
he was fishing, maybe this is what i was fishing for… what do i do?
he kept saying to himself… he was in shock for a long time… i don’t
know what to do? maybe it’s better if i give it back to the sea for
some one else to find…

* he began to wrap it up the way he found it and throw it back in the
sea… when all of a sudden, just as he was about to throw it… as if
out of nowhere, he thought… what am i doing!… this might be
something really important, it could change the world!… the eighth
wonder of the world?… am i crazy? … i can’t do that… i’m supposed
to take care of it…

* i said, excitedly, what did you do?… he looked at me and suddenly
he asked me, what i would do ?… i thought for a moment and said… i
don’t know?… well, me neither… it was beyond belief… i asked, what
was it ? he said, let me tell you the story first… he left the
beach after a few days of walking around in circles talking to
himself..

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* he had finally figured out that it was an old glass buoy fisherman
used on their nets and that someone had flatten the glass buoy and cut
it in half, put the eighth wonder of the world in it before gluing it
and putting it in the water… he had already opened the bottle up and
took out the eighth wonder of the world and put it into a nice wooden
box that he had carried some paints in and wrapped it in a black cloth
to protect it… he showed it to me and said till this day it has never
been out of his hands, he even sleeps with it… here i am, i have
eighth wonder of the world it is something wonderful what am i going to
do with it… he thought, i should share it…

* one day while in Seville, Spain he decided to try an experiment, he
made a sign that said “8a maravillas del mundo” the 8th wonder of the
world… some people looked at him as if he was strange but only
children wanted to know what it was… first he had to tell them that it
was a secret and that they couldn’t tell anybody what it was… they had
to promise not to tell anybody otherwise the magic may disappear… very
few adults were interested.

* one by one children would come and look under the black cloth they
would be surprised and stare and when they were finished they would have
these big smiles on their faces… he then would reminded them about
their promise to keep the secret..

* sometimes there were so many children that he would have to do small
groups. one boy in Gibraltar asked, after seeing the eighth wonder,
asked, “if he now had the power” and the old man smiled and said of
course. there were many stories he could tell me as his eyes lit up with
the memories… many children from all over the world have seen it, he
said. you see, if people have a secret it is as if the have discovered
most valuable treasure. many people have seen the eighth wonder
and has changed many lives.

* but, now i am old and tired, i have not the strength to go on. i have
taken care of the eighth wonder as if it was my child but i don’t know
what will happen when i am no longer able to… i listened very
carefully to what he said… my mind was racing a thousand miles a
minute and i didn’t know where to begin… it was all a jumble in my
mind… i could see he was tired inside.

* i said what about a museum… he said in all his years very few adults
were interested enough to even look at the eighth wonder… they have no
imagination… they will put it away in some box or draw and no one
will ever see it again… it would be very sad… he said he thought
about throwing it back into the sea… he tried but couldn’t…

* i asked if he found anybody who could help him and he said no… i
only talk to children… adults cannot hear they are too busy to listen
to an old man with foolish children’s stories… but children love it and
tell their friends… it was wonderful to see what a little dream could
do, he said… i asked, what are you going to do?”… i don’t know* he
said…

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* just then a little boy came up with a group of his friends. the old
man recognized some of them from before… his sign was on the other
side of him… the little boy asked if he could see… the old man said
to the boy you know what i have here… the boy nodded his head, it is
the most marvelous of marvels the most wondrous of wonders, the eighth
and most incredible wonder of them all… and the little boy said he
wanted to see it and the old man asked him again, if he was sure… the
boy said yes, and the old man said, very seriously, that if he was to
see the eighth wonder of the world he would have to promise not to tell
anyone, it was a secret… or else the magic may disappear not only for
him but for all others who heard its secret… and the boy said he
promised…

* the old man invited the boy to come to his side and he put the black
cloth over his head so that he was the only one who could see it. he
looked and looked and when he was finished he came out and all the
children gathered around him laughing and smiling wanting to see the
look on their friends face…

* the old man put his finger up to his lips and they all understood
about their promise and then he looked at the smiling boy and all the
children. “is that not the most wonderful of wonders, the most marvelous
of marvels you have ever seen?” the boy smiled with his big two front
teeth missing and said yes and thank you to the old man as they all ran
off..

* by this time i was besides myself with curiosity and the old man was
just sitting there quietly. i asked him, “if i could see it now” and he
asked me, are you sure you want to see it… i said yes, yes i want to
see it… well, i have to tell you that it is a secret you cannot
reveal it to anyone or else the magic may disappear for not only for you
but for all others who hear about its’ secret… i said, yes, yes
please! i promise that i will keep it a secret and not tell anyone.

* he prepared the cloth and told me to put my hands out so i could hold
it since he was tired and as he began to put the black cloth over my
head and for the first time i was thinking to myself i am going to see
something really special, it may change my whole life. i was excited,
and when he finally put the black cloth over my head and i opened and
adjusted my eyes and could see this was indeed one of the most wonderful
of wonders, marvel of marvels. i felt so pleased and special. i thought
to myself, how wonderful and lucky i was… i took a long look at this
magical of the eighth wonder of the world… and when i took my head out
from under the cloth to thank the old man i too was smiling…

* to my surprise he was gone! nowhere to be found! i looked all over for
him, but he was gone and their i was left with the eighth wonder of the
world and his sign that i hadn’t seen before… i wondered as he must
have wondered what am i going to do ?… how could this be happening to
me ? here i am, with one of the marvels of the world and i am at a loss
of what do and i thought and thought…

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* i thought about the old man and his story and what he did and i went
home and i started to write in my journal. i wrote like i had never
written before, and as i was writing, i thought to myself, let me share
this story with you and children all over the world… and then i
thought about how nice it would be, if you and they could see the eighth
wonder of the world, and i thought about what the old man said, “it’s a
secret and that the magic may disappear for me and all who heard about
it”. well, i couldn’t have that happen… i thought about what to do and
about the old man and what he said… and then it came to me while i was
dreaming that if the secret were still kept… the old man trusted
people with the secret why couldn’t i… then i thought if it was still
a secret and if somebody wanted to see the eighth wonder they could sign
an agreement promising not to tell anyone and sent in a letter telling
why they wanted to see the eighth wonder of the world… i would send
them their very own replica of the eighth wonder of the world that has
been given its magic by the original.. but, they must keep their
promise and take care of the eighth wonder of the world.. and so i
wrote this book about the eighth wonder of the world just for you.

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SECRECY AGREEMENT
(attached to book)

I hereby agree that i the undersigned, promise to uphold the secrecy
agreement of all those who have seen and will see the eighth wonder of
the world. i do solemnly swear that upon seeing the eighth wonder of the
world, that i will not tell anybody about what i have seen or show it to
anyone without their promise of secrecy…

NOTICE AND WARNING
(attached to replica)

notice and warning to those who are thinking of breaking or not uphold
this secrecy agreement, about the eighth wonder of the world… not
only may the magic disappear for you and others who hear about it but
you probably have not understood and seen the real wonder and magic
behind the eighth wonder of the world… which all those who have seen
it and kept the secret can testify to; but, you are hereby warned, that
if you thinking of breaking the trust and secrecy agreement.. you
are about to commit a serious crime of trying to destroy the magic of
innocence and dreams… the worst of all crimes one can do to oneself
and to others… before you violate this agreement we suggest that you
think very seriously about it.

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copyright 1993 geo geller 280 9th ave #20B, NYC 10001 email: geo@geogeller.com

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