One of the most impressive book I have seen in 2019! Even the best ad copy and product descriptions can’t due it the justice it deserves – Joe Steven
Dice Mysteries is a study into the world of dice, aimed at the mystery performer. A hardbound, dust-jacket covered book – it runs at over 580 pages! Steve has written the most comprehensive tome on dice we have ever witnessed. Thanks for allowing Stevens Magic to be your Exclusive Distributor of your quality products.
This is an incredible tome on the history and applications of dice. A project that took Steve years to put together and he has done so with meticulous detail, and relentless pursuit to contact leading dice experts around the world. Special thanks to Terry Roses of Dr. X fame, for his contributions and sharing of archival materials. Simply put and without any hesitation if you currently have a passion for dice, from a gambling or magic or mentalism standpoint – this is the definitive book that simply MUST be on your shelf. But the shelf is only where it rest because if you are like me – you will spend a lot of time holding the book in your hands and visually consuming the contents within again and again – Mark Stevens
It initially delves into its journey from the shaman to the layman, then through history into its roles in society, religion and science, including various cultural and indigenous perspectives. Many types of dice are reviewed, alongside their varied uses, from reading systems to gambling and cheating plus performance applications and routines. Steve Drury’s own ideas are included throughout, plus there are varied supporting contributions from: Les Cross, Richard Webster, Stephen Ball, David Berglas, Lior Manor, Mark Chandaue, Richard Osterlind, Ronald J. Dayton, Pablo Amira, Docc Hilford, T.C.Tahoe, Seamus Maguire, Dale Hildebrandt, Danny Proctor, Kenton Knepper, Craig Conley, Steve Cook, Scott St Clair, Neal Scryer, Jackie McClements, Cara Hamilton, Vito Gattullo and Sudo. Access additional product photos to view list of contents!
Foreword is by Ronald J. Dayton
Author / Editor Steve Drury
Hardcopy with dust jacket
Review – Courtesy of Andy Martin – www.martinsmagic.com
If you love dice effects – and who doesn’t – you will love Steve Drury’s new book ? It is a wonderful treasure trove of ideas, history and effects and at 582 pages it is huge! It is very detailed and thorough and is jam packed with useful information with almost everything to do with dice and taps into related areas such as runes and even mentions Brian Watson’s Sim Stones. I was immediately able to finally identify some dice that I had long forgotten about here.
This book is not really aimed at the casual performer but if you want to take your dice effects to the next level there is so much in here to find and use.
The first part of the book is all about history, etymology, cultural and scientific impacts of Dice and their alternatives – any number of nuggets can be used to amp up your patter and bizarrist stories.
Then next part of book is concerned with using dice for divination with sections from Les Cross, Richard Webster and Stephen Ball.
The next section gets into gambling with dice pretty seriously and Steve includes a very interesting reproduction of H.C. Evans Secret Blue Book (1932) which is a wonderful catalogue detailing all manner of gaffed dice and gambling devices which I found very interesting.
Then various other types of dice and dice boxes are discussed including: Anverdi’s Mental Die, Magic Wagon’s Crystal Mental Die, Richard Gerlitz’s Oriental Die Box, and the Sure-Shot Dice box, to name just a few.
In the final sections he details over twenty full-blown routines with dice from an impressive line-up of guest contributors to please every palette.
There is pretty much something for everyone here, and I found it very useful indeed in researching my History Project – in fact I wish I’d read it sooner. If you want to know anything about dice you’ll probably find it in this wonderful book. Great job Steve!
Effect: Dice Mysteries is a study into the world of dice aimed as a resource for the mystery – psychic entertainer As a hardbound, dust-jacket covered book – it runs at over 580 pages!
It initially delves into its journey from the shaman to the layman, then through history into its roles in society, religion and science, including various cultural and indigenous perspectives. Many types of dice are reviewed, alongside their varied uses, from reading systems to gambling and cheating plus performance applications and routines.