Image from page 292 of "Modern magic. : A practical treatise on the art of conjuring." (1885)
Subjects: Magic tricks
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ir upper facej the corresponding three-one, orrather one-three, being now covered by the forefinger. As thepoints on the opposite facesof a die invariably to-gether amount to seven, itis obvious that the points onthe under side will now be four-six, while the pointsnext to the ball of the thumbwiil be six-four. Youshow, alternately raising and Fig. 117. lowering the hand, that the points above are three-one, and those below six-four.* Againgoing through the motion of rubbing the dice with the opposite fore-finger, you slightly raise the thumb and depress the middle finger,which will bring the six-four uppermost, and the three-oneor o/ie-three undermost. This may be repeated any number oftimes j or you may, by moving the thumb and finger accordingly,produce either three-one or six-four apparently both above andbelow the dice. The trick may, of course, be varied as regards the particularpoints, but the dice must, in any case, be so placed as to have similarpoints on two adjoining faces.
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To Name, without seeing them, the Points of a Pair opDice —This is a mere arithmetical recreation, but it is so good that 270 MODERN MAGIC. we cannot forbear to notice it. You ask the person who threw thedice to choose which of them he likes, multiply its points by two,add five to the product, multiply the sum so obtained by five, and addthe points of the remaining die. On his ttlling you the result, youmentally subtract twenty-five from it, when the remainder will be anumber of two figures, each representing the points of one of thedice. Thus, suppose the throws to be five, two. Five multiplied bytwo are ten j add five, fifteen, which, multiplied by five, is seventy-five, to which two (the points of the remaining die) being added, thetotal is seventy-seven. If from this you mentally deduct twenty-five,the remainder is fifty-two, giving the points of the two dice—five andtwo. But, you will say, suppose the person who threw had reversedthe arithmetical process, and had taken the po
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