Dynamic Walkaround by Anthony Owen - DVD
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Almost 90 minutes long this DVD is
now available in Region 0 format, suitable for playing on DVD players,
PCs and Macs worldwide.
Back in the last century, before he
quit performing to become the UK's leading television magic producer
and consultant, Anthony Owen was a professional close-up magician. On
this DVD (first released on video in 1998) you'll get to spy on Anthony
Owen and his colleague Paul Andrews as they perform walkaround ('street
magic' style) close-up magic at a cocktail party in a hotel in London's
And after the party you get to listen in on their
revealing chat over coffee as they share the real secrets of the
business of performing walkaround ('street magic' style) close-up magic
at receptions, cocktail parties, corporate launches and events. You'll
get to learn the pitfalls, the advantages, the disadvantages and the
tips to master this profitable market.
Plus you'll learn the
secrets of a bunch of unique original material developed by Anthony and
Paul for their professional performance repertoire.
Anthony's acclaimed Oil and Water routine in which red and black cards
are repeatedly mixed and magically separate. Finally the magic happens
even with the cards face-up! This routine was the basis of the sequence
performed by Alistair Cook (Monkey Boy) on Monkey Magic series one and
published in Anthony's book Some Tricks. It was one of the hits of
Anthony's acclaimed lecture at the International Magic convention in
Derren Brown said "Anthony's Oil and Water is the cleanest you'll ever see."
said "I love Oil and Water routines. Anthony showed his routine to me
and I can honestly say that it is direct to the point, magical and
entertaining. Few Oil and Water routines can live on that!"
Daryl said "Looks terrific - like real magic!"
David Berglas said "The best Oil and Water routine I've ever seen."
Marc De Souza
said "One of the cleanest, most magical looking handlings for the
classic effect I've seen. An entertaining presentation, with an instant
reset and no difficult sleights."
Nicholas Einhorn - who
performed it in his routine at The Magic Circle Centenary Close-up Show
- said "Anthony's oil and water routine is one of the fairest looking,
most baffling versions I have ever seen or used. It consistantly fools
and enthralls all who see it whilst building theatrically at every
phase. The final revelation is so amazing people go WILD. Frankly I'd
prefer it if Anthony kept this one quiet!"
A version of the classic Dai Vernon Brainwave Deck effect which can be
performed with a borrowed regular deck. A spectator freely names any
card they wish and you reveal that you knew in advance which card they
would name and – as additional evidence you even have a duplicate of
the freely named card in the zippered compartment of a wallet which an
audience member was holding onto before the card was even named! No
restricted choice – no stooges - they can name any card - and
absolutely no palming or sleights.
Pencil through Coin:
A pencil is penetrated through a borrowed initialed coin. Anthony's
great handling enables the spectator to actually remove their marked
coin from the pencil themselves! Malcolm Yaffe wrote in Abracadabra
magazine, The World's Only Magical weekly: "The best handling for the
Pencil through Coin I've come across."
A pack of cards with dates and months on the faces with which you can
predict any one of the 365 days of the year - it could be a spectator's
birthday, anniversary or anything - and then cause all the other cards
in the pack to turn completely blank! Nick Menday wrote in Abracadabra
magazine that this routine was: "a stunning effect...simple, direct and
easy to perform".
Plus: Life is Sweet
- an instantly reset routine in which you take your audience back in
time just by using items which can be found in any restaurant or party
setting. Palmprint - you prove that the future really is in a
spectator's palm with this simple strong routine. Coin Across Body - a
vanished coin magically appears in a spectator's hand - twice! Match of
the Day - a lit match vanishes from your hand and appears in a
spectator's tightly closed fist.
professional magician, wrote in her review in Magicweek: "I bought this
and discovered I had an investment rather than a purchase.
was booked, for a very large sum of money, to perform at a mix and
mingle reception. As a fairly new magician, who had only done
restaurant and dinner table work, I was not familiar with the
walkaround concept so decided to get some help. This video gave me
everything I needed to know.
"The video, featuring Anthony
Owen and Paul Andrews, is filmed at a club where a drinks party is
taking place. The opening and closing sequences, as the guys arrive and
leave, are filmed in black and white (check out the famous doorman) but
the rest is in colour.
"Eight tricks are shown, the pair
working alternately, plus a performance of Anthony's Ambitious Card
Routine. However, for me, the value comes from the middle section which
shows Paul and Anthony chatting about the difficulties of this type of
work. Between them, they cover everything - from approaching a group to
asking for a response or help from people holding glasses and food.
Paul and Anthony have different ways of breaking the ice and discuss
their methods fully. They talk about the amount of material you might
need to have on hand and even reveal the lines they use in various
situations. Everything you ever need to ask is there and it is worth
watching regularly to keep their ideas alive in your mind before you go
out on a booking.
"And then there are the tricks. I seldom
learn from books or videos as I don't have the patience – but I took
one routine from here as soon as I saw it. It now forms part of my
regular material and, even when I'm not working, I am ready to perform
it anywhere and at any time.
"There are several card effects.
Palmprint has a chosen card found and reinforced in an unusual way
whilst Brainwash is the revelation of a named card and has a kicker
ending. The Birthday Deck is fun and doesn't use playing cards in a
regular way and Anthony's acclaimed Oil and Water routine is also
featured. (This routine was the basis for the one that Alistair Cook
performed on series one of Monkey Magic and is a feature of Nicholas
Einhorn's performing repertoire.) There are also tricks with lit
matches and packets of sweeteners and routines such as Pencil Through
Coin and Coins Across.
"All are well explained in the last
section of the video. All are easy to do. One or two need the added
purchase of a special substance but, as this is readily available at a
reasonable price on this web site, there is no problem.
sum up - this video is well worth adding to your library if you are
either a working magician or an enthusiastic amateur who likes to
perform at friends' parties or at the pub. The tricks can be
mind-blowing if performed in the right way and the advice given is
Leading corporate magician, David Hawkins, wrote:
you've got a close-up booking at a big hotel. A company is entertaining
its top clients with a cocktail party and needs some entertainment to
act as an ice-breaker. Full of excitement you arrive in the room armed
with your close up mat, cups and balls and some shiny new half-dollars
for that matrix routine you've been working on.
there is a slight problem. What you failed to realise is the
significance of the words "cocktail party". This means that the guests
are going to be standing around in groups chatting, with a drink in one
hand and some tasty morsel of food in the other hand. In other words
there are no tables at all - you have got to perform standing up,
walking around mixing with the guests and, in most cases, completely
"This type of situation is becoming more and more
common, particularly at corporate events. Unfortunately there are very
few books addressing the particular problems this raises (except for
two excellent publications by Kirk Charles and Paul Green). Anthony
Owen and Paul Andrews have decided to rectify this situation with the
very first videotape devoted to walkaround magic.
kicks off with performances of some very strong effects in a real live
situation. This is the only way of seeing how to really perform the
routines and, more importantly, get an idea of the reaction the effects
get from a lay audience.
"The performance section is followed
by an informal but in-depth discussion of the particular problems
raised by this kind of work and ways to avoid getting into trouble.
This really is fascinating stuff and contains some amazing gems of
"The second half of the video consists of very clear
explanations of the eight effects shown the performance. It is useful
to recall the audience reactions to the effects as they are explained -
this is very, very commercial magic.
"Overall, a fantastic
video and the first to address this type of performing. In terms of
production values sound and vision are first class. I can sum up in two
words - BUY IT!!"
Running Time Approximately 1hr 22min
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 May, 2009.
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