Many years ago my spouse and I were in Reno when we decided to try an experiment while at Comstock’s Casino. I was to play craps with the aim of winning by anticipating dice throws that would be losers. The result was that I didn’t lose, not even once. Those behind casino doors would unanimously say that this isn’t likely, and maybe not even possible, but it did happen and could happen again, as the following attests to.
I made “place bets” of 32 dollars across the board on the only allowable numbers of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. I bet five dollars apiece on 4, 5, 9 and 10 and six dollars apiece on 6 and 8. Place bets become active only after one of these numbers is rolled in a new game, thereby establishing a point. Termed ‘come-out rolls’, these can be one or many before a point is established, but once this happens the casino pays 9, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9 dollars respectively on any of the six bets, repeated or otherwise. Players can choose to be ON or OFF for these bets during any dice throw. If ON, and the next roll is a 7, all players lose. If OFF, players can neither win nor lose with these ‘transparent’ rolls for playing no part in their scoring or statistics.
The dice were rolled 120 times by eight different people without our losing, purely because I went OFF and ON at appropriate times. I became the eighth person in rotation and quit after 15 rolls, throwing a seven (as it happens) immediately after that.
Twice after going OFF, a 7 was rolled at the next throw of the dice, which of course meant that all ON bets were lost. I always returned to ON status immediately after a 7 was cast and a new ‘point’ was established on a subsequent roll. One time after going OFF, a 7 showed on the third roll, and on three occasions a 7 showed in six rolls or less. In total, there were 20 place-bet rolls and 20 come-out rolls which were transparent through being OFF. Probability was based on the difference, or 80 non-transparent rolls (120 minus 40).
In view of the success, why not aim for the lottery instead, and a big win? The problem is that there are six unique events needed to win a lottery, namely, designation of the correct six numbers out of 51 choices, whereas with place bets in the game of craps the player needs only one event to win, pass or lose. If the thought entered my mind that a 7 was going to roll (for losing), I immediately went OFF and never lost. That’s what made the experiment work, knowing and/or believing in advance that a losing 7 was about to roll.
Consider the mathematics. The probability of not losing on a single throw of the dice is 5 in 6, or 0.8333. The probability with two throws reduces that figure to its second power, or 0.694, and so on downwards until the 80th power, which is equivalent to less than one in two million. It is clear that I could have chosen to call place bets OFF at any time, and for any length of time, provided I did not lose while ON, and this was in fact what happened. Moreover, we quit the operation. We could have continued longer, but for how much longer without the spell being broken will remain unknown. The same statistics show a finite probability for rolling the dice 120 or more times without losing. However, as I view it, this was not an exercise in statistics but an experiment in tapping the world of paranormal happenings.
It is difficult to describe what was going on in my mind before and into those early minutes of the experiment. It was something far too subtle to ascribe to feelings, where at some point I took the ‘magic’ for granted. Initially, I believe it was a strange blend of curiosity and timidity, the combination of which overcame my lack of confidence. I could not lose once things got started, but I had to keep focused. In the years to come I believe I stumbled upon an analogy in Lewis Carroll’s, “Through the Looking Glass.” Alice, as you may recall, stepped through the looking glass and found herself in a new and bewildering world that was physically different. In comparison, my world had not changed physically, nor was any part bewildering. It simply became psychical without my ever knowing until after returning. I believe I was aware of me and my surroundings the entire time, but something had to be different. Future experiments bare this out. Without going too far astray, the thought is I was mentally nudged by opposing forces with one becoming more dominant than the other but changing from one roll, or series of rolls, to the next.
A good portion of my winnings went to the croupiers. I bet monies for them and always backed bets with full odds, which prompted the quick responses with my giving OFF calls. Total winnings were thus more than our take-away 600 dollars, but certainly far less than what could have been earned by betting appropriately, but that was not the objective. Further, we left the casino with only 165 dollars, because it was too inviting to try other things – without success. It is a gambler’s lament, no doubt, but not necessarily a paranormal woe. We are meant to learn.
Other attempts in the years to follow were not the same. Although winnings were greater, success was not apparent in the same improbable way. Still, winnings were much greater than losses. Our last attempt was at “The Palms” in Laughlin, Nevada, where we included two others in our company without divulging anything of the experiments. It seemed to make no difference, though, but I was not playing the same way as I had at Comstock’s. I was betting to win in the usual way before finally “crapping out,” as the saying goes. Further, I was not playing “ON” or “OFF” place bets, but that is incidental. What was significant was suddenly becoming aware of a tremendous applause that greeted me from around the table, when I finally lost after twenty-five to thirty minutes from rolling the dice. It was a sudden awakening, much like stepping back through the looking glass.
There is so much to learn about our incredible selves, and paranormal endeavors seem endless, each far surpassing the noise of materialism. However, I realize it is not easy to jump on board, but one day when man looks back on times long passed he is almost certain to ask, “Why all the fuss?”