Numerology - Popular Culture

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Numerology is a popular plot device in fiction. It can range from a casual item for comic effect, such as in an episode titled The Seance of the 1950s TV sitcom I Love Lucy, where Lucy dabbles in numerology, to a central element of the storyline, such as the movie π, in which the protagonist meets a numerologist searching for hidden numerical patterns in the Torah. The movie The Number 23 was based on the mystery of the number 23.

The idea of numerology is included in the opening of Geoffrey Hill's 2011 collection 'Clavics'. The opening lines of the poem read: 'Bring torch for Cabbalah brand new treatise, / Numerology also makes much sense, / O Astraea!

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