I've had a few weeks now to get to know my 'Dominus Vox', adapt its backstory to suit, and come to love its startling effect.
As with all good bizarre effects, the method is simplicity itself. With a little focus and attention, there is very little that can go wrong, it's pretty foolproof, but the payoff is a belter.
In brief, the performer displays an old box containing a dozen dice, each bearing letters instead of numbers. The box's dark history is broached, its use for soliciting answers to questions from spirits, and the malevolent and deceitful nature of its source, an entity that will speak the truth but will seek to twist it and to mislead the questioner. The questioner handles the dice, whispers their request, and drops them back in the drawer of the box. which is vigorously shaken by the performer. When the drawer is slid open once more, the dice have arranged themselves in such a way as to spell out an answer to the question... It's a very powerful moment when that reveal is made.
A Creepypasta site has been set up for the box, which can be referenced as background if desired (and is suggestive of performance approaches also). This is optional, of course. I use my own background tale, but mention in passing that there was more than one such box and reference may be found on the internet. A spooky reward and extra chills for people who bother following it up.
The box itself is superbly constructed. It is much bigger, heavier and more 'solid' than I had been expecting, really very impressive indeed. The dice are nicely aged and the whole kit is first rate.
The big question potential purchasers are probably wondering is, whether it is possible to specify the response to the question, or is there a default? Cody does suggest a good 'catch all' answer in the PDF manual, but basically, you are absolutely free to choose your own answer, within reason - it must be 12 characters or fewer, for instance, and the letters available on the dice must be able to spell it out. But you can only choose ONE answer, and the one you settle on will be permanent, so the box is a one shot effect in any particular show, it can't be used for a 'spirit conversation'. If you want to expand on an answer, suggest switching to ouija or Tarot or some such for an alternative approach to this malicious spirit. So it's important to choose a short phrase which is both suitably creepy or sinister, and also just vague enough to be applied to almost every question (you can - and should - of course, specify the general TYPE of question, which guarantees a 'hit' with the answer. Personally, I toyed with using DEATH IS A DOOR, but ultimately went for the equally downbeat but more generally applicable NO WAY OUT.
Basically, it's a beautiful prop, easy and effective, with a killer finish. I'll be getting a lot of mileage out of this! Superb and wholeheartedly recommended.
Can you put a light on what form is the final revelation? Are the dice pre-arranged in the good readable order or they appear chaotic and we have to do permutations with the help of the spectator to search a possible phrase out of it? Thanks in advance.
The arrangement of the dice is precisely as you want it to be. You can arrange them in neat order, or higgledy-piggledy as you prefer.
The box is approx 6" X 3" X 3" and stands on small feet when on a flat surface. The drawer is slid open and can be upon a tabletop so that people can look down into the drawer, or the performer can carefully pick it up and show it to each in turn. It doesn't have to be kept absolutely flat, the interior is lined so dice won't skid about the place too easily if handled with care.