by Anthony Owen
15cm x 21cm, 32 pages, 50 photographs
Reviewed by MagicWeek
Anthony's opening trick Number at Card provides a very workable and effective solution to an effect that many magicians have found to be a real challenge... how to produce any given playing card at any given number - you know: "Name a card and give me a number between 1 and 52" say, "six of spades," and "32" and the 32nd card is indeed the six of spades. In the hands of the right performer Anthony's method could be incredibly strong and is ideal for stand up work but can also be used close-up.
Next: Who Wants To Be a Magician? running on a 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?' theme makes very clever use of an old method. The routine even includes '50/50' 'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone a Friend' (where would magician's be without their mobiles?) involving the whole audience - be it two or three people or a large crowd.
The Natural Lottery is really clean: "Six members of the audience each think of a number between 1 and 49. The performer removes from his wallet his printed receipt for that week's lottery draw. Another audience member reads out the 6 numbers on it - amazingly, despite massive odds, they are the exact same 6 numbers!" I can't say what here, but there is one small detail that makes this routine - and it got me thinking of other potential applications straight away. Excellent.
And finally SOBW is an "Oil and Water" effect. Anthony produced a version of this for Monkey Magic so that it could be shot from the underside of a glass table and it looked very good. I've never been a fan of Oil and Water but Anthony's handling and attention to detail and logical patter suggestions make this routine stand out.
So that's it. Some tricks, explained in great detail with photos, patter and presentation tips throughout.
© Duncan Trillo, April 2003
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