As I mentioned in the entry about postcard #4, although we believed the message on the back might contain an anagram, we couldn’t rearrange ASTFTOYCEACIDTRIP into anything that made sense to us. However, one of our readers recently shared a rather astute observation that got us thinking.
In a comment on Facebook, Stephanie wrote:
You can spell Facets out of the anagram.
“Facets,” Ryan told me, “like the movie theater?”
For the uninitiated, Facets Cinémathèque is an art-house movie theater that “screens ‘interesting’ independent films and ‘obscure’ features not shown anywhere else around Chicago.” So was postcard #4 about Facets, or perhaps a film they could have screened?
The only detail from the postcard that obviously fit the film angle was the last item listed under “Hobbies”:
While most Nicole Kidman movies have been mainstream ones, we thought of one possible exception: Eyes Wide Shut, which depicted the gathering of a secret society. Could it be that Ryan was being contacted by a secret members-only club, perhaps to be invited to join? Under the heading “Groups & Associations,” two entries jumped out to us:
- Club 33 is a private club located within Disneyland. “Originally maintained as a secret feature of the theme park,” members of Club 33 “have exclusive access to resort experiences which vary depending on type of membership.”
- The Seven Society, known as “the most secretive of the University of Virginia’s secret societies,” is a philanthropic organization that awards donations and scholarships to the university and its students.
Ryan said he’d be more interested in having access to a secret bar in Disneyland than being a member of a group that gave money to a school he’d never attended, so we chose to go down the Club 33/Disney route next. We eventually found Club 33 included in a list of Top 10 Creepy Urban Legends of Disneyland. Although the article didn’t say much about Club 33, it did contain a reference to an independent film we hadn’t heard about before, called Escape from Tomorrow.
Described as “a brilliant example of guerrilla filmmaking” Escape from Tomorrow had been “filmed surreptitiously at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.” So was this the Facets connection, and was this what the postcard was about? Once we read the plot synopsis, we were sure we were on the right track. In the film, a father takes his family on a trip to Disney World. While on the rides he begins to experience disturbing and sexual hallucinations, and soon he finds himself in a bizarre altered reality. In other words,
So, what other words besides “Facets” could be spelled out of the larger letters in that message, ASTFTOYCEACIDTRIP? We that string into an online anagram solver, setting the search parameters to return only those results that included “facets.” Of the 1,744 anagrams that came back, we found two in particular that seemed to make sense: “Facets: A Dirty Topic” and “A dirty pic, to Facets” (NB: punctuation mine).
Perhaps the card contained even more details we hadn’t noticed, but by now we were satisfied that we’d uncovered one piece of the larger puzzle. Although our sleuthing didn’t reveal the sender’s identity or his or her objectives, what we managed to piece together here has reinforced our suspicions that each postcard contains much to be explored.
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