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    Royal Oil - A Personal Challenge

    Hi Everyone...it's card trick time!

    About four years ago I read a great oil and water style trick in Karl Fulves 'Foolproof Card Tricks' that was so good it fooled even me the first few times I tried it! This got the mind cogs whirring and I set about trying to build a self-working oil and water routine based on the Fulves idea. At the time I was relatively new to the whole 'creating' game and the results were, shall we say, less than satisfactory!

    However, after many revisions and over four year later, I finally have something I'm relatively happy with.

    Now, I don't really want to get into a debate about whether the oil and water plot is commercial or not. This was more of an academic and artistic exercise for me. A way to stretch the creative muscles. Therefore, I did set myself some criteria:

    - No gaffs
    - No extra cards
    - Each phase must end clean (i.e no hiding cards of the wrong colour with Elmsley/Olram counts!)
    - Spectator must mix the cards for the final phase
    - Kicker ending

    Obviously there were going to be trade offs. The routine is not entirely self-working and the 'spectator mixing' part is a little restrictive, but other than that I am relatively happy with it.

    Anyway, enough rambling. The video is below, let me know what you all think!



    Thanks All

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    Well done. I've often thought about working though a number of oil and water effects to get a good feel for the plot and variations. This is a really good multiphase routine. Now I'm off to Amazon to get Foolproof Card Tricks.
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    That was BEAUTIFUL! Almost made me cry (almost).

    I love the Oil & Water mixed with the Royal Wedding at the end. Fantastic presentation and handling.

    Bravo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RealityOne View Post
    Well done. I've often thought about working though a number of oil and water effects to get a good feel for the plot and variations. This is a really good multiphase routine. Now I'm off to Amazon to get Foolproof Card Tricks.
    Cheers man. And enjoy the book! There's some great stuff hiding in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulGrind View Post
    That was BEAUTIFUL! Almost made me cry (almost).

    I love the Oil & Water mixed with the Royal Wedding at the end. Fantastic presentation and handling.

    Bravo!
    Wow....didn't think it was quite THAT good!

    Cheers man. The Royal Wedding ending was a bit of an epiphany actually. I wanted the trick to have a kicker/different ending but wanted to avoid things such as different coloured backs or the Aces randomly appearing. The ending had to fit the overall theme of the routine, which is ultimately just cards re-arranging themselves into groups. In that sense, the Royal Marriages fit perfectly. Saying that, my original idea was using number cards which ended up arranged alternate colours but in numerical order. I did try that for a bit but ultimately decided the Royal Marriages was a bit more fun (and clearer to the audience!)


    Thanks again for your very kind comments.

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    Well done! I loved it...

    It reminds me a little of handling Joshua Jay teaches in Talk About Tricks but this has that nice Royal Wedding ending. I really enjoyed it man.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Mullins View Post
    Well done! I loved it...

    It reminds me a little of handling Joshua Jay teaches in Talk About Tricks but this has that nice Royal Wedding ending. I really enjoyed it man.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks Shawn. I'm not familiar with the Joshua Jay handling. Any idea what the routine was called?

    Thanks for the kind words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagicRev View Post
    Wow....didn't think it was quite THAT good!

    Cheers man. The Royal Wedding ending was a bit of an epiphany actually. I wanted the trick to have a kicker/different ending but wanted to avoid things such as different coloured backs or the Aces randomly appearing. The ending had to fit the overall theme of the routine, which is ultimately just cards re-arranging themselves into groups. In that sense, the Royal Marriages fit perfectly. Saying that, my original idea was using number cards which ended up arranged alternate colours but in numerical order. I did try that for a bit but ultimately decided the Royal Marriages was a bit more fun (and clearer to the audience!)


    Thanks again for your very kind comments.

    Rev
    Your thinking on this routine really shows the time you've spent on it. I have to agree with Soul, it was BEAUTIFUL.
    I love how you kept with the theme in the kicker (as you discussed).
    This is a routine I would add into my working repertoire without hesitation. Wonderfully done.
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    It's on disk 1 on talk about tricks called Oil and Water. It's a combination from Eston, Marlo and Chretien. He also discusses it in his live lecture.
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