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I've heard that Docc Hilford has a good routine for these props in The Vault DVD. Can anyone else confirm this, or know of any other impactful presentations for this cool prop?
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I saw a friend's copy of a Hilford booklet in which he calls them Persian dice. Not a bad routine, but he moved years ago, so I don't have access to review in detail.

I found that I was not really inspired by the routine. As I recall, it was just the standard lightning addition trick with a subtlety I don't recall. Hilford is a remarkable showman, so I suspect anything he performs will be good in his hands.

The only thing that ever made me want a set was a post here on the Café about using them for numerology readings. You can glance and reduce to a lucky number for the day (write on your card) and give a reading on the other numbers as related to whatever you want to relate them to. Great idea, but still not enough to get me to purchase a set...

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John C
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I think you can get a set for about 7 clams.
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Corbett
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I have the set. Looking for a good routine with them.
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I've had a set that's been gathering dust for years because they look very magicy. If there was a set that was carved from wood you could do some kind of presentation where the logs are some form of ancient divination tool maybe?
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There are sets like that, there are multi colored sets made of plastic, and sets made of metal.
I've used the multi colored sets for readings, adding the color to the numerology.
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I can confirm that Docc's routine ("Styx") in his The Vault DVD set is as good as it gets for this clever prop.
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You can get a set made of wood. Diamonds Jim Taylor markets such a set. It's great.
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I never did figure out what I would nowadays consider a "good" routine with these, but I will say I had a lot of fun with them back in high school.

However, the trick holds a very special place in magic for me. It initially was a trick that I did not want. I was at the first magic shop I ever visited in the late 1980's, and being heavily into close up magic had seen a lot of things demonstrated, including Mental Logs. Knowing that I had limited funds, I steered towards a number of other effects (at the time, seeing Scotch and Soda demonstrated and explained changed my paradigm of reality!). However, my father was quite fond of the trick, and insisted the salesperson add it in with the other items wanted. It was my first mental effect, and sparked my interest further in that area. When I revisited the shop I purchased Larry Becker's Flashback (which I had seen demo'd and also passed over). The Dover edition of Practical Mental Magic was purchased soon afterwards. So to this day I am thankful that I was exposed to that trick, and that my father insisted on it's purchase.

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The Brian Watson pewter set looks pretty amazing (and has a nice routining to it).
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I can attest to the Brian Watson set which is very nice. Jeff McBride showed it to me and recommended highly. A numerology type routine is a very good idea it would seem otherwise you're left with?

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Brian Watson has a final phase with a wallet prediction sealed in an envelope that is QUITE special!
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The best routine for the principle came in one of the Everyday Wonders sets.
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Philemon , Jeff & Rhett, thank you very much gentlemen. Smile

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These look much nicer than the bright colored ones that are usually knocking about.
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With a little imagination you can create a strong mentalism presentation utilizing the Mental Logs as the key in a one ahead routine.

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On Mar 7, 2017, John C wrote:
Http://brianwatsonmagic.com/Store/product/mentallogs/

Got me a set.



Ok, so I forgot to get it in March. Just bought it now. Looks good.
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On Jan 11, 2017, Escamoteur wrote:
I never did figure out what I would nowadays consider a "good" routine with these, but I will say I had a lot of fun with them back in high school.


Presented as a skill that came with your psychic abilities or as a warm up to other mental routine it works well. Like Cassidy's memory with cards, it "legitimizes the whole thing" if done at the end and if done at the beginning can be more like "Deep Sea Digits" in Syzergy.
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