The principle is called “contagious magic.”
Someone or something has special powers.
You touch, and the powers transfer to you.
It’s worked since you caught that homerun
ball at the stadium and touched it before
you batted every game. The rabbit’s foot—
another story. Not so lucky for the rabbit
but an ancient sign—where there were
rabbits, with luck you could find food too.
So you stand in line to get the autograph.
Others may see it as a quick way to make
a buck selling on eBay, but you know better.
If you get a NASCAR champ to sign, it
has to bring you better luck. Your car
will always start. You’ll get to work on time.
If you get a picture of you two shaking hands,
frame the photo for your desk. “Is that you
with Earnhardt?” You’ll get promoted, a big
raise and finally you can buy that 500
Tower package that costs a fortune but
comes with the chance to meet more
drivers, get more autographs, good luck,
and like magic, you’re sure to win.
David B. Axelrod is the author of nineteen books and has been published widely in magazines or anthologies. He is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards, and his work has been translated into fourteen languages.