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Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A classic small celebration and meditation on dice through the ages; both brilliant and beautiful.
"Jay's writing is exactly what one would expect from the extremely erudite, witty and decent author of "Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women" and "Jay's Journal of Anomalies," There is an explanation of the etymology of "craps," and there are various tales of armless dicers, in
Paperback, 63 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Quantuck Lane Press (first published December 2002)
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Sean Henry
This is my favorite book about dice.
This is a very short book (63 pages--but not really because the first chapter starts on page 9--big print, lots of white space, interspersed photos), which maybe helps to keep it light and fun--Jay can tell a story here and a story there about the history of dice, and never have to worry about what it adds up to because it's not like we need a strong central story to move us through the book. (Getting through this book is less like work and more like an accident--not like a slog, more like a fal ...more
"My motherfucker is so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him."

I'm pretty sure that when Ricky Jay uttered these Mamet lines, he was thinking only of his own bad ass self.

This book is a beautiful meditation on the history of dice. Augustus, Caligula, Nero, Queen Elizabeth. All hustlers.

Great collection of photographs of Jay's crumbling dice along with the history and curiosities of dice through the ages.

And if you're an Angeleno, like myself, get to the Museum of Jurassic Technology and che
Weird photos of crumbling dice and Mr Jay's nuggets of information make this a wee gem of a book.
Only flaw: I just wanted much more history in it.
Some great pictures of crumbling dice and the classic dry prose of Ricky Jay make this a very enjoyable little book.
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Ricky Jay (born Richard Jay Potash in 1948) is an American stage magician, actor, and writer.

Born to a Jewish-American family, Jay is considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled sleight-of-hand experts in the United States. He is notable for his signature card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter. At least two of his shows, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem,
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“For this indiscretion Seneca relegates the emperor (Claudius) to a Sisyphean gamester's hell: condemned eternally to pick up the bones and thow them into a dice cup that has no bottom.” 2 likes
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