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Review: Technicolor Oil and Water

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While "oil and water" is a well known card trick, I’ve never been all that enthralled about performing it in my strolling sets. While I’m not sure if I’ll ever perform this one, I am thoroughly impressed with David Solomon’s “version, “Technicolor Oil and Water.”

“Oil And Water” is a classic card effect where the magician separates a packet of black and red cards that have been mixed together. The effect’s name is a reference to salad dressing where the oil and water components naturally separate. The effect is usually performed in several phases and on a table. In the past, I have been intrigued by versions by Larry Jennings and Joshua Jay.

Solomon has created an amazingly visual version that employs both blue and red-backed cards and the traditional black and red cards on the faces. As a result, the phases alternate between mixing and separating the backs and faces of the cards. You can watch a video here.

Not a Simple Self-Worker

The effect relies on gimmicked cards and there are no difficult moves. However, this is no self-worker. There’s an in-depth procedure to memorize and you have to adjust the manner in which you display the cards to hide the gimmicking. As a result, you’ll want some basic card handling skills before tackling this one. An accompanying DVD offers a good explanation and there’s a PDF file on the disc that outlines the basic steps.

In my restaurant gigs, I rarely have the use of a table so my opportunities to perform “oil and water” are limited. But I really like David Solomon’s “Technicolor Oil and Water” and highly recommend it. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll find a situation where the effect would be perfect.

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NOT for those who care about their art, Member Levantino

If you are a budding magician under nine 'Technicolor Oil and Water' by David Solomon is the perfect product to get you performing a classic routine in a simple manner. Although you will not be able to fully display both sides of the cards, the effect will delight (but not fool) your audiences and you will enjoy lots of ‘well done you’. If you take pleasure in being patronised like this then Technicolor Oil and Water is a ‘must-have’. Performing it may also motivate you to want to learn how to do it properly with ordinary playing cards. Of course if you are serious about your magic and you do not want to be patronised then I would recommend NOT being ‘penny wise - pound (dollar) foolish’ – and for just a few dollar’s extra go out and purchase RENE LAVAND'S CLOSE-UP ARTISTRY #1 DVD and learn how to do it properly from a world master. Watching this amazing magician with only one arm will inspire you to strive for EXCELLENCE. On the DVD, stating his signature phrase “It can’t be done slower”, Mr Lavand repeatedly presents the effect as a CHALLENGE to all-comers – eventually showing all of the cards face-up as he performs the effect for the final time. The reality is of course you cannot spot his modus operandi because he uses (and teaches) many different methods to achieve the transpositions – which teaches valuable life-skills in misdirection and showmanship. For completeness, ‘Penny wise – pound foolish’ is an Olde English proverb to remind us to always buy the best we can afford and never to buy something because it is cheap as you will end up ‘paying twice’. Liken it to purchasing a cheap car. You will enjoy the ‘penny-wise’ cost of unreliability, breakdowns, downtime, delays, repairs, and replacements, and eventually you will buy the better model. By purchasing the better model at the onset you save yourself a lot of heartache, money, and inconvenience. The same is true of magic – buy a shoddy effect and you will always have a shoddy act – always strive for excellence and one day you will attain it.

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