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einhorn
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In case this is of interest to anyone, here is my review of Anthony Owen's latest DVD release:

Anthony Owen’s Ultimate Oil & Water £20 TVMAGIC.CO.UK EXCLUSIVE
It is no secret that I have been a fan of this routine since I saw Anthony Owen fool a room full of the most knowledgeable magicians in the world with it at FISM in 1997.
I waited patiently for him to release it and as soon as he did so, on his Dynamic Walkaround video, I threw my money down.
Subsequently I used it as part of my FISM act in Holland and achieved 2nd place in Micro Magic.
I know a good trick when I see one and this is as good as they come.
Aside from being a magician fooler it is totally commercial and I use it frequently in my A-list material.
So what do you get for your £20? A set of prepared cards and a very clear DVD with everything you’ll need to learn this ‘Oil & Water’ routine in about 1 hour.
Anthony explains how to make your own set of cards but as I mentioned, you can learn and perform this with the supplied set right out of the box.
Anthony performs the basic routine and then explains it in as much detail as you could possibly want.
The bonus handlings are also worth a watch. I was fooled by the alternative 2nd phase and Seb Clergue’s work on the ‘clean-up’ of the original 3rd phase makes this a much more streamlined routine to perform than the one first explained on the Dynamic Walkaround video (which, by the way, is no longer available).
Anthony makes a great suggestion on how to perform this at a banquet table or on a small platform. This idea had not occurred to me and I will be trying this out.
Production values are perhaps not as high as some of the more expensive DVD’s around. (The front cover is not particularly eye-catching.) But let’s be honest, you are watching this DVD to learn how to do the trick and then you’ll probably shelf the DVD and maybe look at it once or twice more in a few years time. Credits for various handlings and techniques/displays are clearly shown in the “FUTHER INFO” section. This is nice to see and I wish more people would take the time and effort to show credits in this way.
It is a no frills DVD without distracting wasteful special effects. In fact, it was a pleasure to watch a DVD that just cuts to the chase.
To sum up, I highly recommend this package. It is practical and a real fooler. Quite frankly I don’t think I will ever see an Oil & Water routine that beats this one.
Stefan O.
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Hi,

does he explain a way to bring the gimmicked cards into play? I like working woth a clean deck and also do not want to carry a wallet for single packet trickd with me.

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magicmann
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I agree with Nick this is one of the best oil and waters I have seen.

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How does this compare with "sorted affair" and "salad dressing", from the video of the first named, they look the same isn't it ?
Anthony Owen
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Hi Stefan,

Thanks for your interest in my Ultimate Oil and Water.

I thought that you and the other members of the Café community would be interested to know that the Further Info section of the DVD explains details of how the effect can be performed with the cards taken from a regular Bicycle deck. The necessary gaffs can be in a regular deck and with just a little thought will not interfere with most other card effects. Of course you need to make sure that the back design and colour of the gaffs matches your regular deck! : )

I hope this is helpful.

And Nick, thanks for the very flattering review! ; )

Best,

Anthony Owen
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I have the written description of this from Anthony, but haven't mastered it yet. I would like to see it performed by him. Think I'll have to get this DVD.
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