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The idea of placing dice into a matchbox of a size that allows them to rattle but not to turn appears in “The X-Ray Trick” by J. Whitehead in Edward Bagshawe's Magical Monthly, Aug. 1925. The method in which the matchbox drawer is secretly divided, with a pair of loose dice on one end and a pair of fixed dice on the other, was described by U. F. Grant in his “Dice and Match Box Mystery” in The Sphinx, Vol. 28 No. 8, Oct. 1929, p. 308.