Sunday, May 22, 2011

Magic Dice

The story
It’s quite easy for a magician to make things disappear. Well, I don’t want to make any thing disappear today, at least for now. What I want is to show how magicians move things around here. Watch me carefully. Here are four dice. Put four dice on a table or on the floor. Let the audience examine the dice. Arrange the dice in a square about one foot apart, one die in each corner of the square (Pic 1).

I cover two dice with my hands. Cover two dice with your hands (Pic 2 and 3). Shake your fingers slightly.


Abracadabra barambum! The dice move! Lift your hands off the table. The audience sees that somehow one die moved across the table to another die (Pic 4).

I cover dice with my hands. Cover a die and pile of two dice with your hands. Shake your fingers slightly (Pic 5 and 6).


Abracadabra barambum! The dice move! Lift your hands off the table. It appears that somehow another die moved across the table to the pile of the dice (Pic 7).

I cover dice with my hands. Cover a die and pile of three dice with your hands (Pic 8 and 9). Shake your fingers slightly.


Abracadabra barambum! The dice move! Lift your hands off the table. The audience sees that the last fourth die moved across the table to the pile of dice (Pic 10).

That’s how magicians move things around! Please be carefully using your words. There are many words that have a hidden magic meaning. You can make things move accidentally far-far away. And it would take real magic to bring them back to where they belong to.
The secret
Materials: five dice.

You will need five dice to perform this magic. You audience will see only four dice on the table. The fifth die you hide from the audience view in your palm. That’s what we call a palming. Magicians use palming for many different tricks. It is very important for you to master this technique (Pic 11).

Practice to palm objects with ether hand. Look at your open palm (Pic 12). You will see a crease on your palm if you bring the thumb closer to the palm. It makes a semicircle around the thumb across the palm.

Place a die on you palm at the center of this crease (Pic 13).

Press the dice firmly in to your palm with your middle finger (Pic 14).

Bring the thumb closer to your palm (Pic 15). The dice should be hold by the flesh of your palm.

Keep the thumb close to your palm and stretch your fingers (Pic 16 through 19).




Hold the dice only by the fleshy part of your palm now. That is the palming. Do some exercises. Try to palm the dice and hold any object at the same time in the same hand. Writing with a dice palmed in your hand is another good exercise. You may want to try to palm any other small object as a coin, a key, a small boll or anything that have fewer size than you palm (the object can be covered by your palm). The palming is a basic technique used by all magicians. Practice it with ether hand as often as you can. Palming the dice on a table seems to be even easier than with the middle finger. Put the dice on any flat surface. Cover the dice with your palm (Pic 20).

Press your palm firmly in to the dice (you actually use the flat surface of the table instead of the middle finger). Palm the dice (Pic 21). You may want to shake your fingers slightly when you palming an object. It helps to hide what you’re doing under you palm. I’m going to show my palm to your only for purpose of the instruction. You should never show your palm to your audience even if you have nothing hiding in your palm. It’s very important to keep your palms always hiding from the view of your audience. Hold your palms facing your body or the floor. If you feel confident doing the palming then it’s time to do the magic.

Put four dice on the table. The fifth dice is palmed in your right hand (Pic 22).

Cover the left nearest dice with your right palm holding the hiding dice. Cover the remote right dice with your empty left hand (Pic 23).

Shake slightly fingers of both hands simulating some magic forces. Release the hiding dice from your right hand. Palm the dice covered by your left hand (Pic 24). Shaking your fingers actually helps to palm the dice and covers the sound of the dropping dice if you happened to drop it accidentally.

Lift your hands off the table. Your audience sees that one of the dice has magically moved across the table (Pic 25).

The hiding dice is in your left hand now (Pic 26).

Cover the two dice with your left palm holding the hiding die. Cover the remote left dice with your empty right hand (Pic 27).

Shake slightly fingers of both hands simulating some magic forces. Release the hiding dice from your left hand. Palm the dice covered by your right hand (Pic 28).

Lift your hands off the table (Pic 29). Your audience sees that another dice has magically moved across the table.

The hiding dice is in your right hand now (Pic 30).

Cover the three dice with your right palm holding the hiding die. Cover the single right dice with your empty left hand (Pic 31).

Shake slightly fingers of both hands simulating some magic forces. Release the hiding dice from your right hand. Palm the dice covered by your left hand (Pic 32).

Lift your hands off the table. Your audience sees that all dice have magically moved across the table (Pic 33). You may drop the hiding dice in to your pocket and pick the rest dice with other hand at the same time. Congratulations, you have made the magic. This trick can be repeated successfully many times to the same audience. Remember to keep the secret of your magic. It’s the only guarantee of your success. Have fun and happy twisting :)

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