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rockbrunnen
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Having watched the instruction video, I thought the paring (rigorous shaking) required after every charing. But dealing with the prop, it seems like I need the paring after every time I turned OFF (and then ON) the receiver. Am I right or my unit somehow went wrong? Thanks in advance.
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I'm assuming that you are trying to save battery life between uses (e.g., during walk-around)?

Don't turn off the receiver. Just long-press the button to put the die to sleep. It will wake up instantly (the video instructions have a section on this).
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On Sep 18, 2022, jerdunn wrote:
I'm assuming that you are trying to save battery life between uses (e.g., during walk-around)?

Don't turn off the receiver. Just long-press the button to put the die to sleep. It will wake up instantly (the video instructions have a section on this).


Hi, jerdunn. So, I can use sleep-mode during walk-around, but need re-paring at the start of each gig, then. Now I understand. Thank you very much!
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Where do you guys hide the receiver?
At a gig I always have my sleeves rolled up and don't have that extra coinpocket in my trousers.
Should be easy to reach to put into sleepmode.

Any suggestions.
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Where do you guys hide the receiver?
At a gig I always have my sleeves rolled up and don't have that extra coinpocket in my trousers.
Should be easy to reach to put into sleepmode.

Any suggestions.


When I owned the effect I would have placed it around my lower leg/above the ankle if I was wearing pants.
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Thanks! Yes, I thought about that, but that isn't a really easy access for putting it into sleepmode.
I now clip it on the elastic band on the back of my underwear.
This way I always have easy access.
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Is there a facebook page to share ideas?
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Anyone know if my receiver is broken
can I get a new receiver to connect the old die
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Anyone know if my receiver is broken
can I get a new receiver to connect the old die


Yes, you can do that.
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On Sep 17, 2022, rockbrunnen wrote:
Having watched the instruction video, I thought the paring (rigorous shaking) required after every charing. But dealing with the prop, it seems like I need the paring after every time I turned OFF (and then ON) the receiver. Am I right or my unit somehow went wrong? Thanks in advance.


You shouldn’t have to pair every time. After you paid your dice it should recognize it next time.
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On Sep 17, 2022, rockbrunnen wrote:
Having watched the instruction video, I thought the paring (rigorous shaking) required after every charing. But dealing with the prop, it seems like I need the paring after every time I turned OFF (and then ON) the receiver. Am I right or my unit somehow went wrong? Thanks in advance.


You shouldn’t have to pair every time. After you paid your dice it should recognize it next time.


Thank you very much. My die is not recognized once I turn off and on the receiver. Maybe I should try again.
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I purchased the Anverdi Magic Dice set a while ago, I missed the fact that it was unavailable. But the magic dealer does have my money now.
When will the dice be available again? They aren't available anywhere so I guess they are back in production now. But when will dealers receive them?
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A message to those who have road tested the die. In your estimation how long do they last before they stop working?The technology has a useful life before it will break down, as with anything. If it lasts three years with lots of use, that is maybe pretty good, in my opinion at least. But what have others found to be the case? I do not own an Anverdi die- but am tempted Smile
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A question no one can answer it seems . Am I the only one in here ?
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So, I have had two white dice that basically stopped working and waiting on the third one. I have contacted the vendor and still waiting on my third white dice.

This is getting aggravating and now if I do get the third dice, I don't even know if I can trust this in a live performance.

If there is a charging issue, I wish the company who makes these would let us folks know and what they plan on doing about it.

I don't mind paying for something but please make sure it is performance ready.
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The micro batteries in these devices are very susceptible to malfunction if they are allowed to deplete a charge completely. This means you need to charge them on a regular basis. For working pros this is generally not an issue as they are using the dice regularly. For hobbyists, where their dice may sit in a drawer for weeks, this means they have to create reminders to take them out and charge them regularly. General advice is to charge them once a month.

It’s a shame Murphys doesn’t seem interested in publicizing this fact. I guess they are worried it will hurt sales or more likely, they are not even aware of the problem. But once the problem has been allowed to occur it is very difficult to restore the battery in the dice to full capacity. They will either not work at all or will go from a full charge to no charge in a very short time.

If the dice are not allowed to fully discharge then they usually last quite a long time and work quite well. When working properly they have proven to be among the fastest and most reliable on the market.
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Anyone still using it? How’s the reliability after a year or more of use? Would love to hear user’s views
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Ditto. I have a unit on order right now from Hocus Pocus Magic and have since read about the battery issue described by videoman here last December. What is the best way for me to check out my new device to see if it is going to give me lasting service?
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On May 26, 2023, Deckstacker wrote (in another Café thread):

...My Mental Die by Tony Anverdi (white) arrived in the mail from Hocus Pocus yesterday, and it appears to work very well as far as the electronics are concerned. Both the receiver battery and the die battery arrived almost fully charged, and the thumper had been preset to its quietest (least vigorous) vibrating mode, which I could feel easily in my hand and at various other bony points on my body. However, on the fleshier parts of my confessedly rather chubby arm and other such body areas, I could scarcely sense the vibes at all and at first thought it was malfunctioning. Upon cranking the thumper up to its medium vibrating level, however, that issue went away, and presently I doubt that I'll ever need to use the highest setting.

My biggest gripe thus far is that I find the tricks included with the device to be rather ho-hum at best and downright ridiculous at worst. ...And I will note further that the "Psychometry" and "Phone Psychometry" routines described by the OP of this thread did not find their way into the downloadable instructional video that accompanied the device as I received it. (!)

Bottom line: After less than 24 hours of experience with using the Anverdi Mental Die, I am very positively impressed with its manufactured quality, and if its battery life proves to be decent at all, I'm sure I'll remain very happy with it. What I am wanting right now are a couple of really good tricks/effects, preferably involving either playing cards or billets, and ideally designed to take as much heat as possible off the somewhat uncommon/contrived use of a die in such routines. Suggestions, anyone?

Perhaps lazy of me to quote myself here from a different thread, ... however, why not? I just got my copy of the Mental Die less than 24 hours ago and now I'm really wanting to try it out but don't muich care for the routines that are included with it. Here's really hoping for some ideas that I can try out on my favorite victims (friends and family) that will keep the heat off that cute little white cube with the black spots--an item that no one has ever known me to use before.
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There is an item currently for sale on eBay (ships from China) that I purchased and have found very, very useful to use in conjunction with Anverdi's Mental Die. The item is a dice cup + 5 or 6 dice that lists as "Black PU Leather Cubes Cup with 5 [6] Dice Lined with Red Flannel." The cup stores the included dice in a snap-closed compartment, and the dice are an extremely close match in both size and color to the white die that came with my Mental Die.

I have been using the 5 dice to introduce the age-old "Petals Around the Rose" puzzle to people and then follow up with a coloring book effect of my own design based on one of the tricks that came with the Mental Die. It is easy enough to do a palm/switch of the Anverdi die for one of the Chinese dice if desired, but there is also just enough difference in appearance that I can tell the Anverdi die from the others and simply remove the 4 Chinese dice to segue into any effect that uses the gaffed die alone.

Here's hoping this gives someone an idea or two about ways to introduce the Anverdi die into a routine they may already be doing. Enjoy!
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