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Rajah's Lucky Number Dream Book: Pick-Em for Hits
by Rajah Stanley (pseudonym)
Orig. pub. circa 1978; this is the "26th Successful Updated Edition,"
96 pages, saddle-stitched booklet.

To begin with -- NO, NO, NO, despite the misleading title, this is not one of the famous lottery dream books by the incomparable Rajah Rabo (Carl Z. Talbot), author of Rajah Rabo's Pick'Em Dream Book and Rajah Rabo 5-Star Mutuel Dream Book. Nope, what we have here is a complete and total rip-off of the title and concept (but not the contents) of the fabulous Rajah Rabo series, written by someone called -- i kid you not! -- Rajah Stanley. That's right, Rajah Stanley.

Okay, so with that out of the way, let's find out what Rajah Stanley was up to:

This book consists of 96 pages of keywords, of which 70 are keywords describing dreams. There are no interpretations for the dreams, just sets of 3-digit number picks in the following format:

         RABBI                  249
         RABBIT                 694
         RACCOON                435

In addition to the 70 pages of dream numbers, there is a 1 page introduction, "You May Be Sleeping on a Fortune," about the value of dreams as a lottery, lotto, or numbers betting system; 5 pages of numbers for men's names and 6 pages for women's names, 1 page of "Weather Numbers;" 1 page of numbers for "Days-of-the-Week, "Stanley's Best Bet," "Months of the Year," and "First Week of Month;" 2 pages of number picks for "Holidays," "Birthstone," "Principle Waterfalls of the U.S.," Principle Dams of the U.S.," "Principle Rivers of the U.S.," and "Good Luck Numbers;" I page of "Stanley's Lucky Forecast" by "Favorite Month;" 1 page of "Signs of the Zodiac and Your Lucky Birthday Numbers," 1 page of "Occupation" numbers; 1 page of "Things You See and Hear," and 1 page of numbers to pick by weekday "If You Cannot Remember Your Dream."

Finally, and most noteworthily, there are 5 pages in this book in which Stanley basically introduced to the world singlehandedly the most successful post-modern form of dream number picking -- printing a few 3-digit gigs, boxes, and bugs in VERY LARGE NUMERALS with a cryptic phrase accompanying each set and assuming that the reader would somehow be spirit led to get the right message and thus pick the right numbers. In this early example of the technique, the phrases are: "Don't Do It," "Selections," "Special Alert," "New Experiences," and "Warning" -- and with these strangely compelling but essentially meaningless big-type word-and-numeral layouts, Rajah Stanley ushered in the late 20th century era of "catch-phrase" numbers picks. This catch-phrase system (if you can call it a "system" -- it hardly seems to merit that appellation) has not supplanted the older, tried and true dream pick, runs down, and workout systems that characterize 19th and 20th century lottery books, but as the 21st century rolls on, we see more and more of these big-type layouts being offered for sale, and to date there has been little backlash against them, perhaps because despite their limitations (you get so few numbers per page!), they strike a certain powerful chord in the mind. Surely even i, a dream book enthusiast with my heart fully committed to the most classic of the dream books, cannot gainsay the charm of Rajah Stanley's page 89:




Thank you,

The book is undated but contains entries for TELEVISION, TELEVISION TECHNICIAN, CHARGE ACCOUNT, CREDIT MANAGERS, PHYSICAL THERAPIST, COMPUTER OPERATOR, COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, COMPUTER ANALYST, ONE-NIGHT-STAND, and WELFARE CHECK that would seem to date it to the late 1970s or early 1980s. Since this is the "26th Successful Updated Edition," i have given it the tentative original publication date of 1978. I have not been able to turn up any information about the author of this book, except that he signed his work "Stanley" and that this book was originally published in Mahopac, New York. I do not know whether Stanley was the author's first name, last name, or a completely fabricated name like the "Rajah" attribution on the cover. Whoever the author was -- Ralph Anderson, perhaps, or Theodore Becker -- he was obviously familiar with the work of Carl. Z talbot (Rajah Rabo) and Talbot's long-popular Rajah Rabo 5-Star Mutuel Dream Book and the Pick'Em Dream Book by Rajah Rabo, and it is painfully obvious that he sought to sneak his book into the hands of those who thought they were buying a new copy of the Rajah Rabo classics.

In a way it is too bad that Rajah Stanley thought so little of himself and his own work that he tried to piggyback on the fame of Rajah Rabo, because although he certainly had a few original ideas of his own, his choice of pseudonym and subtitle for this book will eternally consign him to the ranks of poseurs and wannabes, and keep from him the recognition he actually deserves.

So, if you do buy this book, just remember, it is not quite what it pretends to be, but it has merit in its own right.

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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