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Introduction to Non-Transitive Gambling Bets for Magicians

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by Bruce Carlley
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Introduction to Non-Transitive Gambling Bets for Magicians by Bruce Carlley

Bruce Carlley is going to show you a number of games that the magician or gambler plays against a spectator one on one. The spectator gets a free choice of the objects that are used in the gambling game. (Some games use cards, dice, pieces of paper, spinners, etc.) For example, say the spectator has a choice of four dice. Spectator picks one die and the magician picks one die. Each rolls their die, and the high number wins. Whoever wins a best of 12 game match wins the game. Unfortunately for the spectator, the magician will almost always win the match. The probability will ALWAYS be in the magician's favor. There is no sleight of hand or funny business. These type of games are called non transitive games.

What is a non transitive game?

A beats B. B beats C. And C beats A! The best explanation would be to give an example that you may know. Rock- Paper-Scissors. The game is played between 2 people. Each player puts one hand behind their back and forms one of three shapes with their hidden hand. A rock (closed fist), paper (a flat hand) or scissors (index and ring fingers forming a "v" shape. When someone says "go", they simultaneously bring out their hands. Rock beats scissors by crushing it. Scissors beats paper by cutting it. Paper beats rock by covering it.

  • What is this ebook about?
  • What is a non transitive game?
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  • Hold'em Proposition Wager
  • Lucky Bingo Cards
  • Red you Win, Black they Lose
  • The Suit Game
  • Animal Dice
  • James Grime Dice
  • Cheng's Magic Gambling Die
  • Back to Rock Paper Scissors
  • Noah's Ark
  • Word Bingo
  • Under the Cups
  • Drawing the Short Straw
  • Bibliography
  • Non transitive dice for Sale
  • Videos
  • Custom Dice

1st edition 2015, 34 pages.
word count: 4799 which is equivalent to 19 standard pages of text

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