Tutorial Teaching Griffin O’Neal’s Oil and Water Card Trick

By Tom Interval

In 1982, child actor Griffin O’Neal played the part of a magician and escape artist in The Escape Artist. One of the tricks his character, Danny Masters, performs is Oil and Water, in which alternating red and black playing cards mysteriously come together.

A few years ago a friend asked me if I know how the trick works. I told him I do and said I’d be happy to reverse-engineer the exact moves Griffin did and put together a couple of super-casual video tutorials. This year I came across those old videos and thought they’d make a pretty good post for my Patreon patrons.

If you’re a magician who’s interested in learning the two short routines Griffin did in the film, check out the video below or watch it directly on my YouTube channel: youtube.com/intervalmagic. For the full video, please support me on Patreon. Thanks!

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Patrons-only Video Update

By Tom Interval

Here’s a quick update on which videos I plan to post for my Patreon patrons. If you’re not already a patron, please consider becoming one. When you do, you’ll have access to not only the free public magic videos you already enjoy but also to exclusive bonus videos and more.

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Blogcast #5: Wild About Houdini Since 1975

By Tom Interval

Blogcast #5: Wild About Harry Since 1975 is live! I talk about John Cox, the creator of the most comprehensive Houdini-related website on the Web: Wild About Houdini. If you’re a Houdini, magic, or history enthusiast and haven’t visited the site, you owe it to yourself to do so. More about that in the video.

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Blogcast #4: Meeting Harry Blackstone Jr.

By Tom Interval

If you’re a fan of famed classical illusionist Harry Blackstone, Jr., the son of The Great Blackstone, you’ll love Blogcast #4: Meeting Harry Blackstone Jr. On June 4, 1981, I was fortunate enough to meet him and see him perform his cabaret act at the Holiday House in Monroeville, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) six days later. I discuss those memories in this video.

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Blogcast #3: The Final Moments of Houdini’s Life

By Tom Interval

Blogcast #3: The The Final Moments of Houdini’s Life is now live on YouTube. About two months after Harry Houdini died, Bess, his wife, wrote a heartfelt letter to magic collector Edwin A. Dearn and his wife, revealing the last few moments of the legendary showman’s life.

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Blogcast #2: The Houdini Grave

By Tom Interval

Blogcast #2: The Houdini Grave is now live on YouTube. I discuss my 1990 visit to Houdini’s gravesite in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York.

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Like my magic videos? Here’s how you can help me make more!

By Tom Interval

I’ve had a YouTube channel for years but, unfortunately, haven’t posted as many video tutorials and other magic content as I had originally planned. The main reason: Making videos takes a lot of time, effort, and money, and it’s difficult to keep something like that going week after week, month after month, year after year, without being compensated in some way. But I have a solution: You!

I created a Patreon page that benefits both of us: I get funding from patrons who help to defray the costs associated with producing more content so I can keep producing. In return, as a patron, you get access to not only more of the free content I’ve been producing for years but also to exclusive, patron-only, weekly bonus videos and even small magic gifts, depending on which support tier you choose (there are seven).

Free and paid content includes tutorials, commentary, history, biographies, reviews, educational videos, and more. You won’t see all of this content immediately because I’m working on a lot of it as you read this, but I’ve made several popular videos that have, in some cases, drawn tens of thousands of views. And I plan to make more. But again, I need your help.

If this sounds at all interesting to you, please watch the video above, then visit my Patreon page to become one of my patrons. At the risk of sounding cliche, I can’t do it without you. Thank you!


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