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Steven Conner
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Was watching Minute to win it last night and one of the games was dice stacking. I'm afraid this particular trick is going to become just like cup stacking.
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I don't think so... none of the kid dice stackers I've seen know anything about color changes, loads, and magical effects.
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I've been doing dice stacking as part of my show for years at the magic bar (with lemon loads at the finish). It's built as a challenge bar bet that gets progressively more difficult, and ends with the traditional dice stack. I took Simon Lovell's advice here - build it up, make it impossible, do it ONCE, and get out a hero.

For years it has been a great bit that has played strong and can run 10 minutes with lots of audience interaction.

But since it has been on Minute to Win It (and I guess it has been repeated several times), I'm thinking that I need to drop this bit from the act. Instead of going for the build, people jump directly to the end where they try to swirl the dice quickly in the cup. Of course, this will never work. But if someone sees it on TV, they believe it to be true.

The ability to build to the climax is gone. The repeated large loads at the end was the "magic" in a juggling routine. But the stacking the dice was the "No way!" moment from the audience.

Penn Jillette said, that TV eats its young. I think this is a case of that and I need to retire this piece for a few years. It's not like I'm lacking for material. But I hate to see a good piece go by the wayside like this.

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