Revealed: The 9 Clues in Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Poem

Hello and welcome to A Gypsy’s Kiss the
vlog. I’m Shelley Cearney and I’m Toby Younis. Stick around for a few seconds
and I’ll tell you about the nine clues in Forrest Fenn’s poem. So the nine clues in Forrest Fenn’s poem.
Let’s talk about that. We have to sooner or later. We know that there are nine
clues. Mmm-hmm. We know that we have to talk about them
because that’s how we’re going to get to the treasure. So let’s start with what we
know as facts. All right? Number one: Fenn told us in The Thrill of the Chase
that there are nine clues in the poem. Right. He told us at Moby Dickens that
the nine clues are contiguous, meaning they are stuck to one another in order
in the poem. In The Thrill of the Chase, he told us that if you followed
them precisely it would take you to the treasure. At Moby Dickens and at The
Lure, he said several people deciphered the first two clues and then gone past
the treasure. Mmm-hmm. Didn’t say drive, didn’t say walk, I
think in one case he said walked, but since then he’s used gone past the treasure.
Mmm-hmm. At Moby Dickens he told us there’s an
additional unintended clue in the preface of Too Far to Walk, his book, Too Far to Walk, and that in his words, not his exact words, but his words
and it wouldn’t take a genius to figure out what it was. So, and honestly,
it didn’t. At, The Lure, he told us, at the the post screening presentation at
The Lure, he told us that you have to start with the first clue. Then in
this newly rediscovered interview from April, 2013 with radio New Zealand, he
said the first clue is, begin it where warm waters halt, without equivocation. Now, he said these things more than one time and in other places but these are
specific citings, so if you had any questions you know where to find them. Where to go look for them. That’s right. Those are specific citations
for times that he has, as you said, said those more than once. So here’s the poem.
I’m not going to recite it. It consists of six stanzas, 24 lines. Each
stanza is four lines on its own. It sticks to my
three-six-nine theory of Fenn, of who Fenn is. Okay. Even though you think he’s a
seven. Numerology says he’s a seven. I like him as a three-six-nine. Okay.
Not that the three-six-nine is a numerological thing. So the first
thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to eliminate the first stanza. We
don’t need it. Right. Now, let me put a caveat on that. Fenn said–
Fenn says that– oh you know what it is? Fenn and poem, that’s what’s coming out– Fenn
says that every word in the poem is important, and we agree every word is
important. Every word in the poem is important, but every word is not part of
the nine clues. Every word in a contract is important. That’s correct,
and that’s what this is. This is part of a contract that will not be important to
you as you’re looking for the treasure, but it will be really important to your
attorney after you find the treasure because it establishes ownership and
sanity, basically. Right and that he was not– right, free will. He was not coerced into
doing this. He did it on his own, because he wanted to. That’s right. So the second
thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to eliminate the last two stanzas
for pretty much the same reason. It’s legal mumbo-jumbo for all intents and
purposes. If you watch our Sandwich episode you’ll understand that this and
this is the bread, and this is just some lettuce, I think. Yeah. So
in five he establishes that it’s a trove which is a legal definition, and here he
establishes that he transfers the title to the finder of the gold. So like
I said, it’s not going to be interpreted– it’s not going to be important to you
in finding the gold, but it is definitely going to be important to the
attorney that you hire after you found the gold and he’s trying to cover your
butt, basically. So what does that leave us with? Oh, there was two other things. I
want to eliminate the last two lines of the fourth stanza. Tarry scant with marvel
gaze, just take the chest– but tarry scant, just take the chest and go in peace. I
don’t feel like that’s a clue. I think that’s more
some good advice. Don’t hang around. Don’t dance at the chest. Grab the thing, put in
your backpack, or two backpacks or whatever it is, and get the heck out of
town. So interestingly, we start with begin and we end with cease. That’s what
became obvious to us, right, is that if you’re going to have nine clues, why not
start them with begin and then end them with end, for all intents and purposes. So
here’s what you end up with in terms of the nine clues. And these I am going to
read. Number one: begin it where warm waters halt. Number two: take it in the
canyon down. Number three: not far but too far to walk and we may have an idea
of what that is from the book, Too Far– the preface of the book– Too Far to Walk.
Put in below the home of Brown, number four. Number five: it’s no place
for the meek. Number six: the end is ever drawing nigh. Number seven: there’ll be no
paddle up your creek. Number eight: just heavy loads and water high. Number nine:
be wise– if you’ve been wise and found the blaze, look quickly down your quest
to cease. I do not feel like look quickly down your quest to cease is one of the
clues, it’s simply some really good advice. What I’ve done is broken the
poem down, kind of like we did in the Sandwich, but I’ve added one element. In
the Sandwich video. Like we’re making sandwiches with this stuff. Yes. So there
are basically– because it’s food for thought. Go on. Puns. It’s basically three
groups. Grouped into three with some good advice. Mmm-hmm. So group number one is instructional. He’s giving you a set of instructions to follow and all you have
to do is figure out what the instructions are metaphors for. Can you do that in grammar? Metaphors for? Group number two is environmental
once you’ve found it, once you follow these instructions, which to me implies
that you’re going to be in a lot of motion, in motion. Right.
Then you’re going to find yourself in a location that has these environmental
characteristics. Then eventually, you’re going to be wise in some way and
find the blaze. That’s the conditional one. The
reason I call that conditional is because that’s Fenn’s challenge in the
poem. If you’ve been wise. The question you have to ask yourself, wiser than what?
And the answer is, wiser than him. If you’ve been wiser than him and found the
blaze, the condition, then look quickly down your quest is over. You found it.
I think there’s some sense to the manner in which he’s organized the nine
clues in the three areas without much of a stretch, and it’s very “Fenny” to me. It
makes a lot of sense from my knowledge of Fenn’s behaviors, to me, that
he would do it this way. So that’s it. Those are the nine clues. You can start
from there. I noticed two other things. Well, it’s actually one thing, but in two
ways. It was curious to me What? Did I say something wrong? No. Okay, so I noticed two things. Number one: in his instructional section he starts
sounding like a pilot and he uses altitude in terms of a reference point.
In the case of the instructions the altitude is down, he uses down, and below.
In the environmental stage, things get positive. You’re kind of where you are
and things come up and high. Maybe I should reverse those, the colors, I don’t know.
So I just thought it was an interesting– I don’t know, A) if it means anything and
B) if it means something, what it is. At this point, I just
thought it was curious. Now, he does have another altitude reference down here,
look quickly down, but I don’t consider this part of the nine clues.
It’s just that advice he’s given us once we’ve supposedly found the treasure.
Right. You’re already there at this point. Right. You’re here at the
blaze, that’s where the blaze becomes a so important, and it’s still a clue. I
mean, that’s– the blaze is again, in terms of, you know, puzzle ciphers, idioms,
metaphors, you still have to figure out what that means, but now you know where
to start. So those are the nine clues and I want to leave you with some recommendations.
Okay. Number one: because every word in the
poem is important, Fenn has said, the first fifth and sixth stanzas won’t be
important until you go visit the attorney that you’re going to hire,
ideally a tax attorney, after you find the treasure. That should be the first person you see before you go back and tell your spouse or significant other. Go find a
good tax attorney, preferably in Washington DC, then show him those
stanzas: first, fifth and sixth, he will get it totally. Mmm-hmm.
The nine clues are obvious if you listen to Fenn. He tells you everything you need
to know about the nine clues. Where to begin where to end, that they’re in a contiguous
order, etc., etc. I mean, I don’t know how this can be
equivocated. You can’t. It’s hard to debate once you just listen to Fenn. After
that, you’re making up stuff. You can likely find the first two clues:
begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down, from your zoomed in image of Google Earth. After that, you better have some boots on the
ground. I think one thing else I can say here, if you’re traveling from
one end of Yellowstone to the other or from Cody, Wyoming to, I don’t know,
Riverton, in your search, there’s something crazy about that. You shouldn’t
be traveling miles and miles and miles. You should be traveling a short distance
by car and a short distance by foot and you shouldn’t be doing this all day long. Right? It’s not a multi-day search and it’s
certainly not driving across Yellowstone to get from, you know, West Yellowstone to
the junction of the the confluence of the Madison and the Firehole. That’s way
too much. But that’s a whole other episode. Yeah, well it is. So first
two clues, you can see it from the security and luxury of the chair in
front of your computer and then it’s boots on the ground. Then–
this kind of final recommendation and this has to do with the frustration for
me that you’ve probably heard in the last couple of episodes that we’ve done.
I’m going to strongly recommend that you spend less and less time in the chat
rooms and forums. The reason is I have yet to find anything of real
true value in any of them. I hear a lot of conversations, I hear a lot of
discussion, I hear a lot of debate, some of which I’ve heard, or I’m sorry not
heard but read, for seven years and I think you can get trapped up. You now
know what the nine clues are, so my recommendation is get your butt out of
those places, spend time doing your own research and come to your own
conclusions and then get some boots on the ground. Because sitting there
debating these issues ad infinitum is not going to get you closer to that treasure,
I can guarantee you. To prove it, here’s what I’ll do, go visit those
forums, pick at random one of the topics, go through the topic and come back here
in the comments and write one piece of information that you truly found useful
and gets you closer to that treasure. So there. Just to let you
know that we walk the walk as well as talk the talk, we are going on a
recon very soon within the next week so we’ll let you know about that when we get
back. Yeah you’ve heard, as Shelley said, you’ve heard
us talk this talk. I had to admit that my theory of it being in New Mexico was
changed after Forrest announced some different things, and so to prove that we
believe in our own talk, we’re actually headed out next week for a
location outside of New Mexico, and we’ll share that with you when we get back.
Mmm-hmm. But, we are going to produce a show for next week.
Oh yes. Is that right? Yeah. Every week. Yeah. Weekly vlog. That show is going
to be how you– Me? You– you can reduce the area of your search to two square
miles before you leave your computer and put boots on the ground. Now, that doesn’t
mean that it’s necessarily the right two square miles, but I’m going to
reduce the dimensions of your search down to those two square miles. We’ll
explain how to do that next show. How awesome is that? We’re going to save you some time, maybe some money, and for A Gypsy’s Kiss the vlog, I’m Shelley Carney
and I’m Toby Younis. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time. Bye. Oh

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