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Dice Stacking

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Dice Stacking is the art of piling dice on top of each other. The performer scoops dice off a flat surface with a dice cup and then sets the cup down while moving it in a pattern that stacks the dice into a vertical column. Various dice arrangements, colors of dice, scooping patterns and props allow for many degrees of complexity and difficulty. Dice stacking is usually performed with canceled casino dice, as their square corners and edges give them an advantage when being stacked. It is often perceived by magicians as a juggling.

It was being done by Tony Platt in his a Milwaukee tavern in the 1930s. He taught it to Clarke Crandall, Johnny Paul and Ed Marlo.


Other Sources

  • Selling the Six Dice Stack: Simon Lovell, Cape Cod Conclave 95 Lecture (1995).
    • Simon Lovell, The M.A.E.S. Convention 1995 Lecture (1995).
    • The Supra-Selling of the Lemming Man (Simon Lovell): Amy Stevens, ed., Virtual Foolery (1997, pp. 16-19).
    • Coins, Dice and Grandfather's Beer!: Simon Lovell, Son of Simon Says (2000, pp. 143-147).
  • Guide to Dice Stacking: Marc Paul, Notes '98 (1998).


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