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Mandrake "Manny" Wig is a mysterious individual from the Lost Experience, referenced first by Dr. Vincent Bolé and then further explored after the release of his MySpace entry.
Manny became important to solving a number of clues during the Experience, including helping to unlock a Rachel Blake video, as well as deciphering the spider protocol letter.
His blog also strongly implied that he should have been on Oceanic Flight 815, though missed it by serendipity.
From Dr. Bolé's newsletters, it was revealed that Manny is of German ancestry. On his MySpace, Manny also discusses how his mother was a botanist specializing in narcotic and poisonous plants, in particular the mandrake. His father was a pilot of German background, whose favorite comic character was also Mandrake the Magician. They are described as a match made in heaven consequently, probably hence his birth name to reflect their mutual love of it.
He was raised all over the world before his family finally settled in Los Angeles. He considers himself outgoing, loves people, especially those who wish to "understand the truth of things" (a possible link to the Retrievers of Truth workers).
Connection to Dr. Bolé
In his first Retrievers of Truth newsletter, Dr. Vincent Bolé describes his first ever meeting with the man named Mandrake Wig:
But first a story.
I was checking into a hotel and a dapper porter escorts me to my room. As we're going up the elevator in total silence I decide to ask him his name. He replies, "Mandrake Wig" and immediately starts to explain the odd name, his German ancestry, and his mother's preoccupation with botany. He ends the story by saying, "my friends just call me Manny."
We continue talking about our lives, hopes, and dreams as I'm getting settled in my room. When he's done I offer a generous tip but he refuses saying, "Let me give you a tip, a single word that will enrich your life, as it has mine." I accept.
The next day I go to the front desk to leave a tip for Manny. They tell me no such person works there. I question everyone with no luck. I think about what he told me and write down his name so I don't forget it. As I write I see something in the letters. I rearrange a few and create the words, "waking dream."
The word he gave me that day was - YOU.
As noted, Manny seemingly impersonated a porter in order to get close to the Doctor. Manny also has a picture of Bolé on his MySpace blog with the caption "a friend from another life."
The clue "YOU" became important as part of a series of clues together used as a combined URL to unlock the video corresponding to the Rachel Blake Italy 01 blog.
Blog entries of significance
On his MySpace account, Manny also posted a number of blog entries, in which were cryptic clues used in the mystery solving of the game as well as stories of his past. One notable and poignant entry was of the day he was injured in a car accident and afterwards needed facial reconstructive surgery:
The alarm clock didn't go off. But I woke up like it was 1985 to the sound of... wham and I was wide awake. Good morning and I gotta get to the airport. Down Under to Angel City and I'm a few minutes if I'm a mile from the departure gate. The plane is leaving and I am plain out of luck here. Say good bye to my ticket outta here and hello to another day exactly where I started.
I turn on the TV cuz I was expecting something but I didn't know what to expect except that I should expect something and I get it. The plane didn't make it. It didn't get there. It never got there. It ain't anywhere but I'm right here. People will be sad. People will be worried. People will be relieved. I'm all three and I'm on a flight back to the Golden State and I am far from being a warrior.
On the way home sweet home from the airport I fall asleep in the cab dreaming blissfully of what the future holds, the women unmet, the food untried or vice versa and all that I am about to accomplish when guess what my driver, my chauffer ok my cabbie falls asleep and it's all Mr. Toad's wild ride nd I ain't got a seatbelt.
See, what I didn't know was that the guy had a long night. A really long night. Some might call it a "paperclip" and instead of sleeping it off and packing it in he stayed up all night just to make his shift. Just to make his flight. Just to get to work on time. Just to pick me up at the airport and park the car running, under and eighteen wheeler. Facial reconstructive surgery - that's what they call it when your face needs fixin'. I'm still me but I'm not. I'm still ok but I'm got a chip and it's firmly placed on my ability to tip another cabbie for the rest of my life.
From this, it seems logical to suggest that the flight Manny missed was actually Oceanic Flight 815.
"When life hits a rot note... find some answers"
In his second blog entry, Manny discusses a childhood story about his father claiming that he invented Jeopardy. Within the tale, Manny posts five questions:
Wally particularly noted how 3 & 4 stumped him. As with the Wally newsletter, the answers were part of a URL to find a Rachel Blake video. So, the answers "NEXT" and "VIDEO", joined with the other clues given elsewhere to make the video link http://richerdeeperbroader.com/welcome/your/next/video/needs/your/experiences/check/tomorrow (no longer accessible).
"Thank you all"
Manny seemed to end his active role is giving rules with his third blog entry, where he first reiterated some of the key words for the video URL by, for instance, adding "I try to take interesting pictures and VIDEO as often as possible."
He then added a URL to a flickr album of some of his pictures. Amongst an array of images was one of a car with the caption "green like MONEY." The word money was used on the richerdeeperbroader.com site to unlock part of the spider protocol letter, a key mystery during the Lost Experience game.
Manny posted on his MySpace blog in January 2007 giving away a Lost t-shirt. Upon revealing the winner, he signed off with "Maybe we can have some fun this summer?" which prompted several posters to speculate over the possibility of a 2007 Lost Experience.