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From September 1979 to March 1982 millions of people the world over became obsessed with a uest for buried treasure The architect of this extraordinary cosmic charade was a painted by the name of Kit Williams who hid the clues in a book called Masuerade By the time the golden hare had been unearthed it had led to an astonishing variety of dare devil adventures and personal discoveriesBamber Gascoigne chosen as the one impartial witness to the treasure's location and the solution to the mystery subseuently wrote this book which answers every uestion asked about the masuerade including a step by step explanation of how the puzzle was conceived and of the perfect solution


10 thoughts on “uest for the Golden Hare

  1. says:

    Bamber Gascoigne had a part as witness to the burial of Kit Williams' Masuerade hare jewel that so consumed treasure hunters across the world from 1979 to 1982 It was a glorious idea Kit Williams decided to create real treasure to make up for the broken promises of manufacturers during his childhood when promised buried treasure turned out to be a cut out and send off special offer and make a precious jewel bury it and give everybody a chance to expose it and find it in his paintings It was a phenomenally difficult task the paintings are masterpieces of realist art perhaps not to everybody's taste but the expertise that went into them is beyond doubt to begin with and the jewel is an amazing labour of love; the riddle in the text was perhaps the most taxing task; it had to be difficult enough not to be solved immediately and yet aimed at everybody to fulfil KW's promise that a child could do it I'm not so sure about that I must say The ending of the mystery is relatively well known an acuaintance of an ex girlfriend of KW managed to get at her and ask enough of the right uestions to put him on the path of the jewel while genuine riddle solvers were hot on their heels and that made the whole epsiode end with a bit of a whimperBamber Gasgoigne tells the tale with real wit and verve I enjoyed the stories of the uite honestly craziness of the uest for some people how it took over their lives took up their holidays and savings strained their relationships made the people around them uestion their sanity This was a book I'd somewhat lazily had half an eye out for over the course of twenty years or so It was worth the wait


  2. says:

    I recently unearthed this book while unboxing my collection and had been hesitating to read it because I didn't want my own uest to end It is of course the companion to Kit Williams' phenomenal Masuerade the puzzle booktreasure hunt that captivated Britain and the pre internet world from 1979 to 1981 While the titular golden hare crafted by Williams has long since been found Masuerade still remains a combination children's story and art book featuring anagrams magic suares and other hidden puzzles One still can at one's leisure attempt to find where the jewel was buried and even knowing the location and Williams' methodology try to reconstruct it To be honest I skipped over the portion of the book dealing with the actual construction of the puzzle and the perfect solution in order to do just thatBamber Gascoigne is a British journalist who was present with Williams for the burying of the hare and uest for the Golden Hare documents the project from conception to execution to the final discovery of the jewel under controversial nay disastrous circumstances It includes a number of profiles of the avid hunters and their ingenious but mostly misguided attempts to make sense of the clues and red herrings Williams inserted into the book It also includes the perfect solution submitted by two treasure hunters coincidental with the finding of the hareI strongly doubt that treasure hunts like this could be done today as the internet facilitates discussion and collusion much efficiently than 35 years ago The two year hunt for the hare could be reduced to weeks perhaps even days But the puzzle endures


  3. says:

    25 starsI'm sure people who have a personal connection to the uest like this book better than someone like me who just read it as a documentation of a piece of cultural history For that purpose it was ok but frankly the source where I found out about this book Jimmy Maher's blog The Digital Antiuarian did a better job in describing the whole affair and even its further aftermath concerning Ken Thomas and various other things that took place after the book had already been publishedMaybe it was because I was not familiar with Masuerade the book that I found the description of the contest a bit confusing The book was published uite soon after the hunt was over and no doubt targeted to those who had been involved in it Anyway Maher's blog was the better account 30 years after the fact and for someone who didn't take partAlso I think there were too many masueraders' cases that weren't that interesting while the people who found the real solution to the riddle as well as the solution itself were not given the length I think it would have deserved Anyway many of the masueraders' cases just showed so clearly that people will become convinced of the craziest things


  4. says:

    What a great read In 1979 Kit Williams released Masuerade his phenomenally successful picture book a book which hid in its pages the location of a buried golden hare The hunt lasted than two years and Gascoigne the only man besides Williams to know the hare's resting place is therefore perfectly positioned to tell 90% of this tale see below for the other 10%Gascoigne gives us insight into the uniue mind of Williams from his upbringing to his early career and to the meeting that led to the book's development We see how Williams designed the riddle the events of the publishing and the ensuing publicity Gascoigne devotes a good third of the book to case histories examinations of many of the 'Masueraders' as dedicated treasure hunters were known and their various theories and idiosyncrasies These are particularly delightful as some of these people continue to hold to their own beliefs even though the answer to the riddle has now been revealedGascoigne has an easy writing style and is clearly enjoying himself immensely and it shows in his descriptive and insightful account of the entire event from creation to resolution He debunks many frustratingly incorrect theories that developed and waxes philosophical on what the uest revealed about human nature It's a great parallel to be drawn with religion everyone is given the same clues but some people manage to extrapolate ludicrous theories based on one element while ignoring all others and other people manage to tie their own interests back into the clues even where it clearly reuires immense stretches of logicThis is capped off by the 'perfect solution' submitted by the only two men who ever figured out the whole riddle This is a very enjoyable read if you have the original book by your side as well and after learning of the devotion of many of the Masueraders the circumstances surrounding the solving of the puzzle are almost heartbreakingThe only downside is that the book as it was published in the early 1980s was too early to uncover one final scandal the man who found the hare was not who he claimed and in fact further investigation revealed it wasn't luck or insight that led him to the location but instead insider knowledge It was a dirty end to an otherwise marvelous modern myth and it's a pity that the news came out after this book was published But never mind this is a great summary of a breathtaking real life event


  5. says:

    A great history of the global obsession and eventual controversy that was Kit Williams' Masuerade I first learned of this book in 1990 so I was a good decade too late to even attempt to find the treasure but the book taught me that I had much to learn before I go tackling riddles It seemed impossible to me so I just focused on the beauty of the art inside Walking in London I saw a copy of Masuerade packaged together with The uest For The Golden Hare in the window of a book shop The price was £40 for the pair and I grabbed it My copy of Masuerade was long gone the binding went so my favorite pages decorated my walls so I jumped at the chance for a new copy and to read about the discovery Since this book outlines the riddle in the appendices I highly recommend finding a copy of Masuerade to refer to once you finish this one


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