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Royal Oil Review

Official Review

March 7th, 2004 11:29am
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
If you like the Oil & Water plot and don't want to be burdened with the skill requirements of most sleight-of-hand versions, Royal Oil is for you!

By using feked cards, it avoids most of those "I don't know what he did, but he did something" moments found in many of the skill-based versions. There are a couple of times where cards need to be rearranged, but I'm guessing most of our readers are intelligent enough to find a good line to cover these moments.

The routine itself has three phases, each more direct than the previous. Again, one of the strengths is that the damned thing almost works itself. If you can memorize the sequence of events, the mechanics are taken care of. This leaves you free to focus on the performance.

The routine that comes with it is workable and better than many I've seen. However, I would challenge anyone who owns this to be creative and come up with a plot that is unique to them.

If you've got a plot in mind but don't want to spend hours working on the chops, I'm convinced Royal Oil will be a great addition to your repertoire.

NOTE: I found it very difficult to review this item fairly. I've never been a fan of Oil & Water routines, so I did my best to put my personal feelings out of my mind and focus on the product at hand. I hope I have been successful and that the review is somewhat helpful.

Product info for Royal Oil

Author: Harlan, Dan
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supply
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $14.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Five cards with black suits are repeatedly and openly mixed with five cards with red suits. Each time, though the mixing is more and more fair, with nothing more than a shake of the packet the colors separate-all of the black suits together and all the red together!

Absolutely no sleight-of-hand is required to perform this visually stunning routine.

Comes complete with the necessary, specially-printed Bicycle cards and detailed, fully-illustrated 16-page instruction booklet.

Available from your favorite magic dealer.

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