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I recently was gifted a mint in the package Lubor Fiedler's Dice Shocker. Lubor is of course a favorite creator for many of us here so this is a neat find. The effect is fairly well known and was "adopted" by others over the years. Essentially the dots magically turn white on an unpainted die. I know how it works but would love to track down a copy of the original instructions if anyone has them.

Here is the deal... if someone can send me a PDF of the original instructions I will send them a PDF of an article from an old "Abracadabra" magazine which detailed some cool ways to use these dice.

Below is a shot of the dice in the package..

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All I know is that it was marketed under many names like "Shock Dice", "Fiedler-Würfel", "Mirror Dice", "Dice Illusion" or "Lubor Dice".
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Thanks Felix:

Yes was definitely issued under different names... combining with a mirror was a latter evolution not associated with Lubor. I believe John Kennedy was the first to market the effect with the Mirror, though others including Bob Farmer claim to have originated that combination.

I believe this version shown was one of the first put out by Lubor so having a copy of the original instructions would be cool.
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I was the first to use a mirror. Here's the story: at a Ibidem Events convention at the Oban Inn in Niagara On The Lake, Ontario (late 1970s or early 1980s) Mel Stover showed me Lubor's effect. His die was white, as I recall. It looked blank. He placed it in a glass and shook the glass and the spots appeared (the die was also weighted so this could occur).

Mel and I were in my room at the Oban, which was a very old hotel (it's since burned down). The dresser in my room had a glass top with a mirror backing. When I was looking at the die and understanding how it worked, I put it on the dresser and told Mel it was a vampire die because you couldn't see its spots in the mirror.

Mel jumped up, grabbed the die and ran out of the room. Mel was a bit of a madman.

About an hour later, Mel had found a small mirror and was showing everybody.

That's how it started and it went viral from there.
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Super score John-O. There are some old posts on the Café entitled 'Dice Illusion'. Lubor's original is mentioned, recommended & performed by some. Bet you could beg, borrow or steal a copy of the instructions from one of the performers. Worth a shot mate, as it appears you now possess the superior version. Congrats.
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Do you have a reference for which issue of Abra this article appeared in?

Cheers!
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Bob, thanks for sharing the back story, one of those fun magic moments of accidental inspiration sure!

Bob_Hummer, I will see if the Abra issue info is on the article somwehere.

Inert, I will keep searching for the original instructions... thanks for the suggestion.
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Did you make any headway on this Lubor Fiedler quest John?
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Not yet... I hope to make a little video showing the die with a Tenyo prop in action though.
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Good stuff. I'm already wearing the 3D glasses from Flying Carpet in anticipation.
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