As cool and reliable as the latest version of Anverdi’s Mental Dice is there are plenty of magicians and collectors that avoid any sort of electronics in their magic. Luckily, there have been a number of effects where you can discern the number on top without any electronics. They began c. 1971 with Fred Lowe’s and G. Puchinger’s Spectral Die, then c. 1973 with Milson’s (yes before Milson-Worth) Mental Die, the next version was Chazpro’s Die-Cipher c. 1990, then Die-Cipher II was released c. 1994. Last year (2020) Secret Factory released their Collector’s ESP Die which was another great non-electronic item. There have also been many other versions as can be seen in the final photo generously provided by Canadian Collector John M. Talbot (thanks John!).
But for quality and sheer simplicity of use (though certainly not simplicity of manufacture) this version from Magic Wagon is probably going to be moved to the top of the list for non-electronic Mental Die effects. The method is very clever but easy to use and learn and you probably won’t need your reading glasses either. It works so well when I first tried it out I didn’t think it was working, until I read the instructions again 🙁
No batteries, nothing added or taken away and the box can be examined pretty strictly. Does the box look like a magic trick, yes probably, but I think most of the Mental Die effects do. But either way I’m pretty sure you’ll love this method and the beauty of this product.
Effect: The performer displays a beautiful wooden box along with an elegant looking die. While the performer’s back is turned, a spectator is invited to drop the die with their favorite number on top into the box and then securing its lid closed. The performer now turns around and without even touching or going near the box immediately reveals the selected number!
This is one of the very few props in mentalism that fits all of the following criteria (1) The performer never needs to touch the box to make the divination. (2) The effect is entirely self-contained. (3) No electronics or gimmicks are used or involved!
What also sets this apart from other “Mental Die” effects is that it is a radically different method for divining a chosen number on a die. The engineering behind this effect is absolutely ingenious and hundreds of hours have gone into the development of this mechanical marvel! The wood & brass work mechanism involved inside is highly elaborate due to the consequence of the manufacturing processes which takes over 25 hours to create just one Ultimate Mental Die.
The box measures approximately 8.3cms wide, 13.2cms high and 8.3cms deep and has been completely handcrafted from natural aged teak wood with a lightly distressed oil finish. The die is also handcrafted from teak wood and is finely adorned with 21 brass screws.
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