Dice: Deception, Fate, and Rotten Luck

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Dice: Deception, Fate, and Rotten Luck

This celebration and meditation on dice through the ages includes an explanation of the etymology of craps and various tales of armless dicers and ingenious hustlers. It also features the tale of Scandinavian kings of the Middle Ages who diced for islands.


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James J. Lippard says:

A pleasant appetizer This is a thin hardbound volume, a collection of photographs and shortdiscourses about various aspects of dice, gambling, and fraud. Eachchapter is very short (just a few pages) and the entire book can beread in less than thirty minutes. Both the photographs and the textare fascinating, and left this reader wanting more. I hope that Mr.Jay will be writing more books to share his voluminous and interestingknowledge of magic, gaming, and cons with the world…

Rob Hardy says:

Dying Dice Though they may have passed the peak of their fad, fuzzy dice can still be seen hanging from the rear view mirrors of favored cars. They are an amusing bit of American folk surrealism, recalling the more official artworks of the fur-lined cup and saucer or the lobster telephone. The furry dice don’t clack the way real dice do, and they are too huge and too rotund ever to be useful as mechanisms in games of chance. Yet they look strange enough that many people fancy them, and assembly lines…


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