Ok, there are certain effects that if you don't practice the heck out of them, you will give the
secret away in your attempt to divine whatever it is (the value of a card, the value of a die placed
in a brass container, etc.)
Without giving anything more away, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE
I am certain that the people who are complaining that their audience burns them on
this are displaying a "tell" that is easy to spot. You MUST practice this until the method for
divination is not visible to the audience. Once you do this, no one will "get it" and it elevates
itself to the miraculous.
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I've had my Die-Cipher II for close to 20 years . Other than a nice change in color from the
brass...it's exactly as it was the day I bought it.
It's a clever and devious secret and
I've never had a spectator figure it out. It works exactly as described.
If I have any
reason for not giving it 5 stars, it's for one reason. It's like a "box trick" in stage magic: the
object itself is so unnatural (a brass die and a specialized brass cylinder) that it's obvious that
the "magic" is being done by the object itself....not the magician.
I'm sure there are
mentalists who have found a way around this. I've tried various plots and stories (previously owned
by a dead gambler, found in my grandfather's attic, etc.)....but, personally, I've never found a
good plot that I was satisfied with.
But, other than that, it is a GREAT effect. It's very
well-made and a joy to use.
Plus, it's gorgeous....and will look even more gorgeous in 20
years. It's a piece of magic that will last MORE than a lifetime...
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Sure you can tell someone what number they picked, but you can do so much more! It's a lot of fun
to incorporate mind reading tactics with this effect to really get in their heads. My favorite
reaction is when you have your audience consequently come to the conclusion that you 'saw' more than
just the image of a die.
The only reason I gave four stars and not five is because of a
tiny wear and tear inconvenience that, while not usually endangering the secret, sometimes misleads
onlookers to believe the selected number was (for example) a five instead of a four...and that can
be a little bit of a set back.
I read in an earlier review that you can polish the set to
take care of that problem.
Overall, very nice. I like it. If you have the money to spend,
I definitely recommend this mental magic tool.
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Awesome trick. Very well made.
So easy to do.
Only had one person figure it out because he
happens to be an engineer by trade and works to 1000th of an inch.
Make sure you keep it
polished as there can be a tiny tell tale mark after a bit of use.
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This is a great mentalist effect that can be done anywhere, anytime, with a minimum of explanation.
I use it in bars quite a bit much to the delight of spectators. This effect is for the
serious-minded magician or mentalist who'd like to incoporate a very fast effect into his (or her)
routine. I could even see building at least part of an entire routine AROUND this one effect, it's
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The secret is pure genius and 99.9% undetectable. Everyone I've done this for is completely
stumped!!! Nice heavy duty quality and the heavy "gold" dice has a mystical quality all on it's
own. People just like to hold it. Solid brass tricks like this one along with the Okito Box and
the Mystic Chips make great keepsakes 'cause they're built to last. Add this to your arsenal now!
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This trick is awesome, it has a great effect and nobody can figure it out, it's amazing and it will
last you a lifetime.
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I like the idea of the trick. I like the construction of the trick.
As a magician there
are 2 steps to figuring out the number.
Step 1 was easy to master.
I have spend
close to 90 min practicing step 2. And when I say practice I me just trying to get the number
right, not doing the full patter. So I can do 4 or 5 numbers a minute.
I am still only
about 60% accurate, which is little better than a guess. 4/3 works for me but getting the 1/2/5/6
feels like I am just guessing.
Method 1 (in hand) is not something I can get to work at
Method 2 (on a flat surface) only work for 1/6 on a hard flat surface. Will not work
on a pad or even a table cloth.
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This one is sweet, quick to learn, and provides you the opportunity to really mess with the poor sap
who is the target of your performance. There is really no reset needed, and you can certainly do it
a couple of times before moving on to something else.
I performed it for one friend who was
increasingly convinced that I really was reading his mind. Freaked him out a little, actually...
Anyway, this is a fun one that fits nicely in your jacket pocket!
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The Die Cipher is most definately the best piece of mentalism that's out there. The Die Cipher has
absolutely no markings on it, so nobody can get suspicious about it. Also, the case closes all the
way. The Die Cipher has fooled all of my family and all the people I see. People really think I can
read minds! The Die Cipher is made of solid brass and it comes with a little black bag so you can
perform it while it's in the bag to add to the drama. The Die Cipher is well worth the price and it
will last a lifetime. Trust me, this isn't one of those tricks that you put in the closet after you
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