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The Magic Dice And Book Trick

This is a simple magic trick performed with two dice, pen and paper, and a book. You can use any book but it is a good idea to choose a book with a suitable theme. For example, if it is Christmas choose A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or if it is Halloween choose a horror book.

You first write down a word on a piece of paper, without your subject seeing what it is, and fold the paper up so they cannot tell what you have written down.  Then ask your subject to roll the two dice. Now ask your subject to add together the two spotted numbers rolled, turn the dice upside-down, and add the two new opposite spotted numbers to the previous total. You then ask them to turn to the corresponding page in the book and announce the first word there. You then reveal what you wrote on the piece of paper at the start of the trick, and it is magically the same word they have found.

The secret of this trick is that before the subject rolls the dice, you have noted down on the piece of paper the first word on the 14th page of the book.  Because opposite faces of a dice total 7, you know beforehand that whatever total they roll, the two dice and their opposite sides will total 14 (7 + 7 = 14).




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