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Effect: The visible apparatus consists of three dice, an apparently-meaningless list of letters, two slates, and a piece of chalk.

The list is that figured #1 on this page. You write something on one slate and place it to one side. No one sees what you have written.

ATTENTION, all possible readers.1.' Please do not let this layout of "tables" make you grimace. We didn't like it, either, until after the second reading, when it suddenly became clear and dawned on us that the thing made sense and was a miracle to the onlookers while being an utterly awful bit of ."stealing" to a performer. But don't let that stop you from trying it. Ed.

An interested spectator rolls the dice until satisfied that they are fair. Then comes the important throw of the cubes. The total is noted. Let us say that it is ten. The spectator locates the pair of letters tenth from the top of the column and proceeds to write them on the second slate. The letters will be found to be NK.

The performer hands the spectator a second list which, when placed beside the first, reveals a completed list of eighteen words. They read as per the list on this page figured #2.

The word at the tenth position is PLANE, the last two letters of which the volunteer has just written on his slate. Your slate now is turned so that its writing side faces the audience as it is placed beside the spectator's slate. The word is completed. The performer's slate bears PLA, the first three

METHOD: With three dice, the smallest number that can be thrown is 3 and the largest will be 18. If an odd number is tossed, you have volunteer count off that many rows of letters and note what comes up next. When an even number is thrown he is directed to count to that number and note the letters at that number. In either case, only letters at an even-numbered position may be selected.

As two cannot be thrown this narrows the possible selections to 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, or eighteen.

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