Ted Glick

DICE TRAP

This routine is a series of solutions to a Karl Fulves dice problem stated on pg. 821. Although the problem/effect was stated in exactly one sentence, it took a year to dope out approaches that were practical. Methods 1 and 2 have been audience-tested. Method 3 is a combination method that might lead the reader to try other ideas.

In effect, you place two dice under a dice cup. A large coin is vanished, and it appears under the cup, between the two dice.

Preparation You will need three large dice.Also required are two duplicate coins. The coins should be of a diameter that is slightly less than that of the dice cup.

Two of the dice are placed inside the cup, with a coin between them as shown in Fig. 1. The other large die is in the pocket.

Presentation Remove the dice cup from the close up case with the right hand. The cup must be kept horizontal so that the interior load is concealed from the audience, and also to prevent the hidden dice from falling out.

The left hand simultaneously goes into the left pocket and palms the die.

The hands meet at the center of the table. The right hand applies pressure against the outside of the cup. The intent is to keep the coin inside the cup.

As the right hand goes to the pocket for the coin, the left hand drops into the lap and retrieves the lapped die.

The right hand dumps its content out onto the table, or appears to. Actually, the bottom die from the cup, and

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the concealed die from the left hand are dumped onto the table, Fig. 2. It appears as if both dice came from the dice cup.

The left hand places one of the visible dice on top of the other. Then the left hand curls around the two stacked dice. The heel of the left hand touches the table.

As the right hand moves to the left to place the cup over the two dice the left hand allows one die to secretly drop into the lap, Fig. 3.

The dice cup is placed over the single die held by the left hand. The audience thinks the cup was placed over two stacked dice.

The right hand searches the right jacket pocket and finds nothing. The left hand then goes to the left jacket pocket to search for the coin.The left hand gets rid of the palmed die in the pocket, then reaches into the right inside jacket pocket and finds the coin.

Display the coin and drop it onto the table so the audience can hear how solid it is. As the coin is then picked up off the table, it is lapped, Fig. 4.

Go through the business of causing the coin to vanish as you pretend to cause it to penetrate the top of the dice cup. Lift the cup and rthe audience will see the coin between the two dice. Fig. 5.

Second Method This method does not require that you lap the large die. As the audience sees it, you place the cup over the two dice. They get a clear, unambiguous vis* of two dice under the cup.

The method is this. One of the visible dice is a shell. You place this die on top of the other die. Then you lower the cup over the two dice. The dice are of a size such that there is room under the cup for only two dice.

Thus, as the cup is lowered over the two dice (the cup contains a die and a coin as in Fig. 2), the shell is forced to slide down over the bottom die ,

The situation is now that you have under the cup two dice with a coin between them. Proceed from here with the balance of the routine as described in the first method.

Third Method The idea here is to eliminate the handling of Fig. 2 using the palmed die in the left hand.

To accomplish this, start with 3 dice in the cup as shown in the drawing here. You then allow the bottom two dice to drop out of the cup in Fig. 2. The balance of the handling is the same as described earlier.

NOTES

Regarding the Vernon material that appears in Chronicles, it is all in the nature of routines and moves that were crowded out of the Vernon Folios. The "Spellbound For Experts" routine by Vernon & Garcia in the next issue maintains the standard of excellence.

From time to time in the past mention has been made of circulation figures. When the changeover was made from Pallbearers Review to Chronicles about 100 people did not renew their subscriptions. This has more than been made up by new subscribers, so paid circulation stands at just over 2500. I've never counted dealer copies because the figure flucuates from issue to issue and also because only a small number of issues are sold through dealers. I'm grateful to the many readers who subscribe direct.You get Interlocutor at no extra charge, and many have written in to say it is the best (or most informative) magazine in magic.

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Features from each method can be combined to produce an almost self-working combination. Thus, in the drawing above, the two bottom dice consist of a straight die and a shell. You dump these two dice out of the cup, retaining the coin and third die inside the cup by pressure against the outside of the cup.

Stack the shell die on top of the straight die. Lower the cup over the two dice. Pressure of the right hand a-gainst the outside of the cup keeps the interior COin in piace. ^ this coin bears down on the shell, it forces the shell to slide down and over the tabled die.

Now display a large coin. Cause it to penetrate the top of the dice cup. Lift the cup and show the coin between the two dice as indicated in Fig. 5.

You can use a magnetic cup to keep the interior die and coin in place. If this method is used, it is not necessary to do the trick with a coin. You can use a borrowed bill. The bill is folded in half and caused to vanish by means of a thumb tip. The bill is then found between the two dice.

Pluto Bet: It's been a while since betting hustles have appeared here. The following bet is easy and surefire. Ask anyone except an astronomer if he can name the planet in our^solar system that is furthest from the sun. He'll say Pluto. Even though textbooks will back him up, he's still wrong. Pluto has shifted orbit, so the bet is good until 1999, when Pluto shifts back.

Stand-up magicians have nothing but raves for the George Sands lock and key trick in #8, Midnite Coin in #9, and Medallion in #7. On this last Jerry Fulton remarked, "How simple can a method get?"

Readers sometimes complain that I reference out-of-print issues of Pallbearers Review. This is not done to irritate those who don't have access to the issues, but rather to inform those who do. The more you know about the material on your own shelves, the more that material is worth to you.

The many late-night sessions with visiting magicians this past month were a graphic reminder of all the fine unpublished magic there is out there.

Curiosities

Many readers have written in to praise this column and I would like to express gratitude for your comments. If you know of an odd or offbeat trick that is not as well known as it should be, please drop me a line. Both of the routines in this installment came about as a result of a letter received from Miller Cravens. To Mr. Cravens and to Van Cleve and Martin Gardner for permission to reprint these ideas, a note of thanks.

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