Oil and Water
A selection of red cards and black cards are repeatedly mixed or shuffled. When spread the cards are seen to have separated, red to one side and black to the other.
A classic in magic that has endless possibilities in performanceÂ as well asÂ execution. The trick can be done with the whole deck or as a packet effect with six or eight cards. The different variations allow for a magician of any skill level to make up an impressive routine. It uses ungaffed cards and is a nice releif from the 'Pick a Card' sort of tricks.
If you're a beginner looking to learn an easy Oil and Water routine, check out Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. Page 101 goes over a very easy version of the trick using the cards ace through three in red and four through six in black. At the end of the routine, not only have the colors separated, but the cards areÂ organized inÂ numerical order.
Chris Performing his Oil and Water Routine.
If you can get your hands on a copy of Commercial Carney there is a packet effect that ends with the entire deck separating after an audience member shuffles it.
Michael Ammar's Easy to master Card Miracles Volume 6 includes instruction on Roy Walton's "Oil and Queens" whereÂ spot cards separate and then turn into queens. A great twist on an already excellent trick.
What are your favorite Oil and Water routines? Have you made up your own? Feel free to send us video of you performing your best stuff.