Review: NeoMix by Jim Krenz

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]There are several classic magic tricks that do not seem to have a climatic ending.  Take the linking rings for example.  The entire routine is about metal rings linking and unlinking one another, although the performer may show various ways of doing that.

The Oil and Water card trick is another example.  The entire act is about black colour cards being able to be separated from red colour cards even though they have been thoroughly mixed.  Some performer transform all the cards into 2 sets of different cards altogether as the finale.  But this is not consistent with the Oil and Water theme.

Here comes Jim Krenz with a truly unexxpected climax that remains true to the mix and non-mix theme.

In effect, the performer takes out 4 black cards and 4 red cards from a deck of cards.  He then mixes them by alternating black and red cards.  When the packet is turned over, the 4 black cards magically separate from the 4 red cards, like oil and water that do not mix.  This is carried out one more time.  The black and red cards alternate – still they mysteriously separate themselves.  The performer takes the packet comprising 4 black cards together and 4 red cards together, and isolate it inside the empty card box.  This time, the reverse happens.  The black and red cards become magically mixed in a most unexpected way.  Each and every card now comprises mixed red and black pips!  They are actually printed in permanent inks!  Laypeople have never seen such cards before.  

You receive 8 specially printed cards and a link to online video instructions.  The cards are nicely printed in blue bicycle backs.  These cards are meant to be used as the climax to your Oil and Water routine.  You can use them in the final phase of your own routine.

The manner that these cards are designed, they allow you to show 8 cards in a fan with 4 red cards together and 4 black cards together.  Then, with a magical gesture, the cards now alternate black and red in the fan.  When you separate the cards, the audience gets to see that the pips are mysteriously printed in both black and red colours all over the face of each card – the cards are magically mixed indeed!

If you do not have your own routine, the video shows Jim Krenz teaching you his routine.  Jim’s routine requires the use of 2 gimmick cards in the earlier phase – these cards are not included in this package, since, as mentioned previously, the supplied cards are to be used in the final phase of your own Oil and Water effect.

Jim’s routine is straight-forward and convincing.  But, not only do you need the 2 gimmick cards, his routine requires you to be able to do the Hamman’s double turn-over move, the Olram sutlety, to palm cards and to do a packet switch.  If these are of concern to you, there are many resources availale where you can learn an easier version of Oil and Water.

For the more advanced card performer, Jim’s Oil and Water routine is a good one to use.  The 2 gimmick cards can be easily purchased from any magic dealer.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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