Carnival midway showman Ward Hall said
of him: “Melvin was a great guy. I never heard him say a
bad word about anyone and I never heard anyone ever say a
bad word of him.
remarkable, wonderful way to go through life.”
A Quick Trick Done with a Giant-Sized
Pair of Playing Dice....
Here’s a quick trick done with a
giant-sized pair of playing dice. They’re not trick dice,
they’re just big, old dice. A lot of times people, of
course, will stop and say that they think they’re some kind of
trick fake dice.
Did you ever shoot dice young lady?
Did you ever play Monopoly?
To play Monopoly, didn’t you shoot
dice? What did you play with Tidily-winks?
Caught her right in the act – a crap
Nearly everybody has played with dice
these days. Young man, raise up the curtain and come over
here for a minute, won’t you?
Raise up the curtain.
Look over these for a second…
Now, I’ll take these… hey,
that’s legal, but hardly fair is it? Go ahead and
Now young man, if you can move one of
those spots, on those dice, I’ll give you a ten-dollar
bill. If you can’t, you can give me one, I don’t care.
The spots don’t move, do they?
Certainly not. Hoping is not the
trick. Now, young man, do you have good eyesight? I’m
going to test your eyes.
It’s all in fun, remember that!
I’m going to make you think that you see five and one right
there and six and three right here.
Now I’m going to tell that young man
the truth. I’m only making him think that he can see
five and one and six and three.
Actually, that’s a six and two and
four and one.
Do you believe that?
You don’t believe that that’s a four
Well, what do you think is here? Heh?
Four and one and six and two, right? Now you
thought it was five and one and six and three, didn’t you?
What do you see here now?
Four and one?
Four and five and one!
Thank you very much, for helping me
out, young man. Now everyone, of course, realizes that a
trick entertains you. It doesn’t fool you in any way.
Now I’m going to do this real slow, so everyone can see
exactly how I do it… how he does it… how I will do it.
Now lady, what are the numbers that
you see here?
I see you looking rather skeptical.
Five and three.
And what’s over here?
In other words, you see five and three
right here and five and three right here, right?
Well, that’s what you said – five and
three AND five and three.
What do you see here?
What’s that? Four and two.
Faster than the eye again.”
“I have to
hurry right along boys and girls. Now I could stand up here
doing tricks for an hour, but I’m only given two or three
minutes, so I have to work a little fast.
here is a trick that is absolutely impossible. (This trick
is so impossible that even I can’t do it.)
I’ll do it
with three pieces of rope. You’ll notice that they’re all
the same size, right?. Now, keep your eyes on… they
certainly are… one is just as round as the other.
They’re just different lengths – baby rope, momma rope,
poppa rope. Now keep your eyes on the ropes. Right before
your very eyes I’m going to HYP-notize everybody. Once I
get you hypnotized, you’ll actually think that these ropes
grow in my hands – that they get to be one as long as the
believe that, do you?
She has a
very skeptical look on her face.
I can do
it. Watch the ropes very closely.
that at no time during this trick do my fingers leave my
ropes… look at the ropes… concentrate… concentrate… now, are
you constipated? …ah, concentrated? If you are, when I
say the magic words… abracadabra- allakazam – make the
butter to fry in the pan, you’ll think all these ropes are
the same length.
think I could do it, did you?
as I’ve been trying to tell you, that these ropes are all
the same length. You might think I was trying to fool you. I
wouldn’t fool you for nothing. I might for something, but
not for nothing! So I’d like you to notice just one thing…
one… thing… here is one, here is two, here is three – ropes
all the same length, but suppose that I was to stand up here
now, with my bare face hanging out and I was to tell you
that one of these ropes was really only that long, and one
of these ropes was really only that long, and shorty was
really only that long.
bet you wouldn’t believe me.
wouldn’t believe me either.
got time for one more quick trick.”