Jerry Mentzer - Eddie Fechter's Dice Holdout Methods

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    Jerry Mentzer - Eddie Fechter's Dice Holdout Methods


    Dice are fascinating objects whether used in games of chance or in the repertoire of the close-up magician. This book contains details on control methods with dice! The information can be performed as an exhibition of skill or used without expose in your performances. Holdout Work with dice is little known, but this book describes practical methods for controlling fair dice in a fair cup! Fifteen methods of controlling dice are described-most of them are sure-fire! Most can easily be mastered by any magician familiar with basic sleight of hand technique.

    The book has a textured cover with hot stamp title, it is hardbound and illustrated with 47 line drawings to make it easy to learn the basic dice holdout methods of dice control. The book introduction is by Mike Skinner, the well-known close-up expert and longtime friend of Eddie Fechter.

    Contents Include:

    • Introduction by Michael Skinner
    • Background
    • Basic Information – Dice Holdout Methods, Angles, Sound, The Equipment, The Dice, The Cup, The Working Surface
    • Dice Holdout Method One – “relatively easy method can be quickly learned by anyone who will practice…”
    • Dice Holdout Method Two
    • Dice Holdout Method Three
    • Dice Holdout Method Four – Primarily for controlling one of two dice. IE: Backgammon, Craps, etc.
    • Dice Holdout Method Five
    • Dice Holdout Method Six
    • Dice Holdout Method Seven, – Reference to Ed Marlo’s – “Shoot The Works” book.
    • Dice Holdout Method Eight
    • Dice Holdout Method Nine
    • Dice Holdout Method Ten
    • Dice Holdout Method Eleven
    • Dice Holdout Method Twelve
    • Dice Holdout Method Thirteen
    • Dice Holdout Method Fourteen – Reference to cheating, “Liar’s Dice”.
    • Dice Holdout Method Fifteen – reference to “Bar Dice”.

    *A Note about the stock we have: These copies are the last of the First Editions, they have been sitting in a carton in the Magic Methods warehouse for some 40+ years. While the pages are all nice and crisp the hot stamped title on the textured hard cover does show some fading from age, this is to be expected from a books this old. As someone that was around when Jerry first printed this book I can tell you that the stamped cover was not that great on the new copies back then either. For some reason the ink hot stamped on the textured cover didn’t adhere well.

    I was just 13 years old when Jerry wrote and printed this title. I had first meet Jerry when I was 10. (Who knew I’d own and be running the company one day) I remember us talking about Fechter, this book and I not knowing anything about dice or what holding them out was. I was fortunate in that Jerry had booked Eddie Fechter to appear at the Greenville, SC Close-up Convention and I got to meet a famous magician named “Eddie” although we spell our names different. And well..that was a life changing event and …. Boy did he fool me badly! I got to see the master stack the dice and do all the card routines he was famous for. Seeing Eddie’s big fingers and tattooed arms perform some of the most amazing and entertaining magic ever!

    DetailsEddie Fechter’s Dice Holdout Methods for Magicians by Jerry Mentzer

    Introduction by Mike Skinner

    64 Pages, HardBound, Size 5 1/2″ by 8 1.2″.


     Jerry Mentzer Eddie Fechter's Dice Holdout Methods

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