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The clues


1) The foreground scene on the front cover shows a floral arrangement, as if for a funeral. The white flowers on the bottom right either form a left-handed bass guitar (Paul’s instrument), or they spell out Paul.

2) “Beatles” is spelled out in red flowers on the cover. But there’s an extra letter, an “o” that is mysteriously placed at the end of the name. Perhaps the band was sending a secret message: Be At Leso. Leso was the name of a Greek Island that they had supposedly bought. Were they inviting fans who had figured out the mystery to join them there?

3) A toy Aston Martin convertible can be seen on the lap of a rag doll on the right-hand side of the cover. Paul supposedly died in an Aston Martin.

4) If you use a mirror to bisect the phrase “LONELY HEARTS” that appears on the drum, the phrase “I ONE IX HE ◊ DIE” can be seen. If “I ONE” is 11, and “IX” is the roman numeral 9, then this might be decoded to mean “11 9 HE DIE” (i.e. November 9, He Die).

5) A hand is held up behind Paul’s head, a raised hand being a mystical symbol of death. (In some religions, it actually is.) A hand raised behind Paul’s head is a recurring clue in many photos of the band.

6) On the back cover Paul is wearing an arm patch that says “OPD,” which is British police jargon for “Officially Pronounced Dead.” (The patch actually reads “OPP,” which stands for Ontario Provincial Police. Paul was given the patch while on tour in Canada.)
Magical Mystery Tour

7) If you look at the starry letters of the Beatles name in a mirror, or upside down, they supposedly form a phone number. If you call this number, someone will answer and provide another clue. Or perhaps William Campbell himself will answer. This clue inspired an urban legend alleging that a student dialed the secret phone number and reached someone who quizzed him about Beatles trivia. The student answered all the questions correctly and was then...

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