Original Billy Bing's Dream Book has to be the most stripped-down and condensed of all the old-time dream books. Not much to look at, it is set apart from all other dream books because it also contains material on lottery or lotto rundowns and work-outs. These are methods of number selection based on past number performance that do not rely on dreaming, remembering dreams, the use of symbolic divination of dreams, or the gift of dreaming lucky prior to placing lottery bets. What is more, the two betting systems -- dream interpretation and divination of numbers from dreams on the one hand and lottery rundowns and work-outs on the other -- are almost never mixed. The other Billy Bing lottery books make no mention of dream images or dream numbers at all, drawing the lotto or lottery player instead into numerological and performance-based systems of number analysis and selection. --- and the fact that the pseudonymous Billy Bing (probably Ralph Anderson, who published the earlier editions) devoted even part of one short book to dream numbers is unexpected. This book is therefore a convenient bridge between hoodoo based dream work and numerology based "system" betting.
This book contains 19 pages of "Dream Words" with brief interpretations for
the dreams, plus number picks, in the following format:
EYES -- Family secret endangered, deceitful friend. 981-610There is also a second set of 10 pages of "Dream Words and Their Symbolic Numbers." This second list contains all of the words from the first list, plus many more (it is set in smaller type, three columns per page) but in this instance no dream interpretations are given. The second list uses the following format:
Banana ..... 821-401Additional material in this little pocket reference is quite varied. There is a 1 page introduction, "Dreams and Their Meaning," featuring the smiling, cigar-smoking visage of Billy Bing; 6 pages of name analysis ("Original Basic Key Names and Meanings," "Ancient Feminine Key Names and Meanings," "Male Key Names and Meanings"); another 8 pages of "Feminine Names" and "Masculine Names" with "Symbolic Numbers" but no meanings, 1 page of "Monthly key Numbers" for "Stocks - Bonds - Race Mutuels" and 1 page of "Monthly Key Numbers" for "Lottery;" and 4 pages devoted to some basic concepts of the rundown and work-out systems of picking winning numbers:
Despite their brevity, the intriguing and easy-to-follow run-down and work-out systems described in "Billy Bing's Dream Book" provide a valuable introduction to the subject for those whose number analysis has so far only included dream interpretation and dream numbers, and who want to explore the fascinating world of "numberology" and "system betting."
"Facts" explains the rundown concept -- the idea that numbers appear in lotteries, stocks, bonds, and race mutuel totals with certain relative frequencies and relationships. This is followed by rundowns on the "Stocks and Bonds 5-year Record;" "Early and Late Mutuels 5-year Record;" and "Lead-Digit Chart" (digits that follow each other most frequently). Next comes the introduction to work-outs, the concept that certain key numbers may be selected to use as transformers for numbers that have recently hit, resulting in new possibilities to bet. The work-outs included are the "Universal-Key Work-Out" (a work-out based on the number of the year -- with the last sample year given being 1951); the "Sequence-Key Work-Out" (a work-out based on the sequences 012, 123, 234, 345, etc.); and the "99 Work-Out" (in which you stack or box the numbers that hit on the first 3 days of the month, then read them downward ("on the legs"), and subtract each of the leg totals from 999, giving you three new numbers to use as "probabilities for the month."
The real name of the person who wrote the "Original Billy Bing's Dream Book" is not known, nor is the book's original publication date available. The closest we can come to determining its construction is that, according to the current publisher, Andres Visnapuu of Eagle Supply Co. (interviewed by Anthony Shafton in 1995) Ralph Anderson, the founder of Eagle Supply, was the probable author. Given the absence of words like "television" and "atomic bomb," which became common in post World War Two dream books, and the visual appearance of the cartoonish Billy Bing character, i would estimate an original composition date in the late 1930s. However, the date of 1951 in the "Universal-Key Work-Out" argues for this being a revised reprint or -- as seems more likely, what with the duplicated word lists and name-lists -- a cut-and-paste job that Anderson compiled by fusing portions from two pre-War dream lists plus a post-War rundown and work-out book, in order to create a unique bridge between the two forms of number selection.
The Billy Bing titles include:
- Billy Bing's Dream Book
- Billy Bing's Red Book of Relative Numbers: "Follow-Ups"
- Billy Bing's Gold Book: Facts About Numbers from "Prof." Hitt's Latest Records
- Billy Bing's Work-Out Book by Billy Bing with "Prof." Hitt
More general information about dream books, policy wheels, and lottery betting will be found in the page about "Aunt Sally's Policy Players Dream Book"
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