How to Do Magic Tricks For Fun – Guessing the Total of Rolled Dice

Tricks with dice are always popular with Magicians and the public. People find dice interesting to look at and to handle. They also appear exotic because of their connection with gambling and casinos.

In this great trick, you apparently guess the total of three dice rolled by a spectator!

How It Looks To The Audience

The Magician gives the spectator three dice and then turns away from the spectator.

The Magician then tells the spectator to roll the three dice on the table and then add the three numbers showing at the top of the dice.

He then tells the spectator to pick up any one of the dice and add the number that was on the BOTTOM of this die to his previous total.

He then tells the spectator to roll this die again and add the new number at the top to his previous total.

The Magician then turns around and says that he has no way of knowing which of the dice was rolled a second time.

He then picks up the three dice and shakes them in his cupped hands.

After a few seconds of mystical deliberation, The Magician then calls out the final total that the spectator has in his mind!

How The Trick Is Done

Although this looks like a clever piece of mind reading, the answer is simplicity itself. When you turn around, you quickly, mentally add the three, top numbers of the dice and then add 7 to this number. This will be the same number that the spectator is thinking of!

Acey-Deucey – Sailors’ Backgammon

The backgammon variation Acey-Deucey was a popular pastime among the US Marine Corps during World War I. An article published in the backgammon site Play65 reveals that the game has been entertaining Navy officers already in the beginning of the 1900s. It also shows that even the name “Acey-Deucey” has its roots in the American Navy’s slang.

Acey-Deucey is the nickname given to the dice roll of 1-2. Normally a disadvantageous roll, the Acey-Deucey roll grants its thrower with special privileges: the right to play a desired double of his choice, plus an additional role (on top of the 1-2 roll). Acey and Deucey were also the nicknames of the First and Second Class Petty Officers (respectively), who also entertained themselves in Acey-Deucey Clubs and Lounges.

Acey-Deucey was not the sole occupancy of the command echelon; sailors used to pass the time between one mission to another rolling dice and moving checkers. Acey-Deucey was everywhere, testified one sailor in a letter to the Time’s editor in 1930, “the deck, below decks, in the engine room, the dynamo room and in the turrets and handling rooms”, and was never spotted among the combat corps.

Although Acey-Deucey can be played on the same equipment used in backgammon games, playing the game on the shaky grounds of the sea required some innovations. Therefore, to protect the dice and checkers from sliding and slipping, a special border was built around the backgammon board and the dice were dropped to the playing surface through a tube.

Acey Deucey Rules & Strategy

The acey-deucey advantage is one of the main differences between the standard backgammon and the mariners’ favorite variation. Backgammon and Acey-Deucey also differ in their initial board setup and their final scoring; the Acey-Deucey game begins with both players’ checkers based outside the board and it ends with the loser sacrificing one point for every checker that was not borne off the board.

Despite the great 1-2 benefit and the fact that Acey-Deucey is played without the doubling cube, the game does leave some room for preplanned strategy. Acey-Deucey strategy would focus on the early game, when both players enter the checkers to the board according to the rolls of the dice, the same way players remove their checkers of the board at the end of the backgammon game. Reasonable Acey-Deucey strategy may include quick entering of most checkers and using them to block the opponent’s checkers.

How to Play Craps at an Online Casino

Did you ever wonder how do you play craps at an online casino? This is a basic guide to playing craps online. These are the rules and strategies for playing craps online; you can always look at more advanced strategies once you have mastered the basics. Please feel free to wear a tuxedo and drink a martini while you play so you can feel like you are in a real casino.

Craps history is longer than most of its casino game counterparts. Competing theories of its origins range from craps having roots in the middle Ages to being a Roman invention where Roman Legions made “dice” from pig’s knuckles. Thank goodness for plastic! The simple part about playing craps online is placing the bet, rolling the dice and seeing if your number comes up. The complicated part is the betting field. Looking at all the numbers, symbols and betting “lines” on the table can overwhelm even a seasoned player let alone a novice craps online player.

While you are trying to learn the crap’s rules, playing online you can play for free at reputable online casinos. Because winning at craps online takes practice, practice, practice. While you are learning you can develop winning strategies without breaking your bankroll. Online craps is both simple and complicated at the same time. Choosing the basic betting options before you place a bet will enable you to increase your payoffs. You will learn how to play smart and manage your bankroll. Players hoping to dominate the Craps table should be familiar with the 36 possible results of each roll before placing any cash on the table. Craps online is primarily a game of chance but there are a few secrets when you are placing bets. You should avoid placing bets which increase the house edge.

Craps may look simple, but there is much more to this dice game than meets the eye. Players unfamiliar with betting types, game flow and odds may find it intimidating, if not impossible, to keep up with game action their first time at the craps online table. Playing craps online and in an old fashion casino is both fun and relaxing. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it isn’t also a serious, strategic game. Some argue it is a game of luck I to disagree. What is for certain is that there exist definite rules and betting tactics that demand players establish their own approach if they hope to win at craps online. Where craps was once considered a game for high-rollers, it is now available for all to enjoy thanks to the online casinos and home computers.

Online craps games capture all the thrills and excitement of those you find regular old fashion land-based casinos, but without the need to spend cash on travel. Modern technology allows fans of the game to play from the comfort of home and enjoy fast-paced action with graphics so real you may think you’re actually in Vegas playing craps.

Secrets of Sic-Bo

Sic-Bo uses three dice, although the term “sic-bo” actually means “dice pair.” A lavishly lit Sic-Bo table can be found in most casinos that have Asian Game rooms. There are many bets, all of which are explained on the gaming table.

Each number from four to seventeen is a point and after all the bets are made, the dealer “shakes” the dice container. No one in this game actually touches the dice themselves, and each game begins on a new “shake,” after all the bets are placed.

In Sic-Bo you have 14 point numbers (4 to 17). Besides betting on the 3 dice totals that form the points you can also bet the following –

THREE OF A KIND – (like 6, 6, 6) (must specify which number)

TWO OF A KIND – (like 6, 6) (must specify numbers)

DUO – Two different numbers (like 4, 5) (must specify numbers)

ANY THREE – (like 5, 5, 5) (will win on any three of a kind)

SMALL – The sum is ten or less (excludes any 3 of a kind)

BIG – The sum is 11 or more (excludes any 3 of a kind)

ONE – Any specified number that appears on 1, 2, or 3 dice

These seven basic bets plus the 17 point numbers and more are all graphically illustrated on the beautifully lit Sic Bo table. When a decision is reached, the dealer lights up the winning combinations, removes the losing chips and pays the winners at the house odds.

Unfortunately the house odds are not standardized and may be slightly different from casino to casino.

The two bets with the lowest casino advantage are the “Big” bet and the “Small” Bet. These both provide a 2.7% house edge, which is the best you’ll get in Sic-Bo.

Sic Bo is a fast moving, exciting game, but it is usually called in Chinese. Also you must exchange your chips or money for Sic Bo chips, which are similar to roulette chips. The table minimums and maximums are posted. Most people play flat bet systems on the Big and Small numbers. An easy system is to increase your bet by one unit when you win and decrease your bet by one unit when you lose.

Although the odds are better in craps, Sic-Bo is a lot of fun to play – if you can find it!

The Crapshooter © 2006 by Larry Edell