## Strang bice virn cheskro

oyal !'eath Marketed a 5 dice (each surface ■»v. having a different three figure number) effect several years ago, and after anyone had nixed them and arranged them in a row (column) it was very effective when the performer merely glanced at them for a second and then named the total, of the problem when added. By only adding the right hand row the performer had the necessary knowledge. The two figures thus obtained gave him the last two figures of the total. By subtracting that number from 50 he obtained the first two figures.

This trick has been discarded by many, but it can be resurrected now (or purchased now? Ed.) by those who would like to repeat it the second time without even looking at the arrangement.1 It is possible for these reasons, which you must remember. (A) There are only 27 possible totals. (B) The first figure must be a 2,3,1 in that order, for 2 comes up 12 times,3, nine times, and 1, six times. (C) The first and third figures are complements of 4. For instance, if 1 is the first, 3 must be the third. If 2 is the first, then 2 must be the third. (D) The second and fourth figures are complements of 10. (E) The four figures added across always total 14. (The only exception to the three rules is when the total happens to be 2030 or 3020, but these are rare, easily recognised, and make the work easier. Khowing these truths, an effective presentation is possible for close up work.

Have a spectator mix the dice and then arrange them in a column. You are telling him what to do as you get your first figure row total and then turn your back while he adds. Now go into your act. You know the total, but you reveal it thus. Ask your watchers to concentrate on the first figure. Apparently you can't get it so you ask that it be crossed out. Now ask them to add together the remaining figures. (Suppose the total is 1337) "That's better, the total is 13. '.Then your eyes ran across the figures, in the process of adding them, I clearly saw the figures 337. Now let's go back to that first figure which gave us trouble, book at it. Nov; I have it. It's a 1, which makes trie entire total one thousand, three hundred and thirty seven."

How you immediately repeat the effect without returning near the dice or seeing them at all during the arrangement or adding. Let's imagine the total now to be 3218.

"Concentrate upon the first figure. It seems to be a 2. (Call 2 first because it turns up more often than 3 and 1) No? Well, it looks like a 2 and also a bit like an 8. Yes, it's a 3. Now concentrate upon the second figure. (You now know the third figure is a 1, but leave it until later) Is it a 5? No? You don't seem to be concentrating well. Just cross out that figure and leave it until later. How add the last two figures together and I'll try and follow you. .'.'hat is the total? Nine? I thought so, for i you added them together I could visualise the figures 1 and 8. Right? As you know the third digit to be a 1 you merely subtract it from the total 9, and you follow so closely with the actual digits after hegives the total they really think you got it. That s tnereaso for this same adding ruse in the first example.

It wasn't needed then but it was a build up for this time.

As you know the last figure you also know the second because of fact (D). Now go back and complete the effect by getting it. "Try that crossed out figure again. Think of it. It comes clearly now - a 2. The complete total is three thousand, two hundred and eighteen. Two people can do this effectively. The performer watches the first set up and sends the total of the right hand column of figures by the En Rapport code or any other method. The medium computes the answer in the regular way. In the meantime the performer has walked away. Upon a request for repetition she does it by herself using the second presentation.

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