Copyright ©2011 by Michael Hoffman
[Today’s column is mainly intended for those who have read my book Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare. To those who have not read it, this will likely appear to be gibberish (or worse) and is therefore best ignored].
Today, April 19, is the sixteenth anniversary of the catastrophic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the eighteenth anniversary of the fiery massacre in Waco, Texas; and the two hundred thirty-sixth anniversary of the American revolutionary battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
In "Hour 1" of American Public Radio’s "Performance Today” for April 19, the broadcast concerts include “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”; a performance from Marathon, Florida ("right in the middle of the Florida Keys”) consisting of the grim, funereal “Élégie” of Gabriel Fauré; another elegy, this one performed in Lisbon, Portugal, site of the catastrophic 1755 earthquake and tsunami; and finally, a phoenix (“Firebird”) invocation.
In the movie "Red Dragon,” centered on Hannibal Lecter and an occult serial killer who massacres families, the final, attempted massacre takes place in Marathon, Florida, the home of an FBI occult “profiler."
"The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” performance is a March 18 Radio France fund-raiser for the March 11 Japanese earthquake/Tsunami victims. Performance Today Host Fred Child expresses on the air his feeling that the choice of “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” for the benefit of victims of the “most violent earthquake ever recorded" is perhaps "cringe-inducingly inappropriate.”
Recall that the Disney movie “Fantasia," scored to a soundtrack of "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice," features a magically-induced, giant drowning whirlpool and out-of-control flood.
The April 19 Performance Today broadcast can be accessed here, all day April 19 (on April 20 it will be moved to the "Program Archive” section of the Performance Today webpage; in seven days the audio will be removed -- even from the archive).
A question often asked when seemingly recondite symbolism such as this is pointed out: “Is it coincidence or conspiracy?”
I do not propose an answer, except to say, if it is a communication then it is an excerpt, part of a story; and if it is intelligible to the percipient, then it is something other than a random or accidental confluence. This does not necessarily make it a “conspiracy." It could be a diddle or jest, but even in that case, macabre pranks often tend to induce thought and reflection, after the grin has subsided.