Secrets (Anthony Owen)

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Anthony Owen was known as one of the most influential creators in the field of mentalism, and many of his original plots and effects are featured in the repertoires of the most famous and respected performers in the field. Mr. Owen was also acknowledged as an expert in the realm of television magic, having produced some of the most memorable content for Derren Brown, John Archer, Pete Firman, and dozens of others. Now, for the first time, Anthony has authored a hardbound collection—the definitive collected works—of his lifetime in magic.

Anthony has created magic and mentalism with business cards, playing cards, borrowed objects, and more. The focus in Secrets is on parlor material, which should be a refreshing surprise for those of us who are constantly in search of good material for large groups. Anthony’s material is almost always interactive, and focused on premise rather than technique. There’s always a fascinating wrinkle to Anthony’s presentations. You’ll learn a routine based around a game show, a diabolical card trick you can watch from underneath, dozens of other fantastic routines that don’t require tremendous practice.

  • 237 pages
  • 45 tricks
  • Gorgeous hardbound, laminate cover

In addition to all of this, Anthony also penned an essay on magic for television, which is essential reading if you wish to work in this field. With a glowing introduction by Andy Nyman, Secrets is the mentalism release of the year, and a book we know you will return to again and again.

Contents of Secrets by Anthony Owen

  • Foreword (Andy Nyman)
  • Introduction (Anthony Owen)
  • Intrerview

1. Sticky Tricks

  • SOBW
  • Lava Lamp (Sebastien Clergue)
  • SOBW Further moughts
  • Voodoo Tattoo
  • Brainwash
  • Pred-Ikea-ction
  • Sticky Intruder
  • Me Light Card
  • Miracle Monte 2.0 (with Andy Nyman)
  • Caravan Travellers
  • Sticky Blue Danube
  • Signed Card Anywhere (with John Lenahan)
  • On the Cards
  • Mark of Death (with John Lenahan)

2. Sleights and Sorcery

  • The Caravan Move
  • The Caravan Change
  • The Caravan Sandwich (Roy Walton)
  • Navarac (Roy Walton)
  • The Caravan Kings (Roy Walton)
  • Trick Photography (Peter Duffie)
  • WSBP (Window Stealing Bottom Palm)
  • Ambitious Card Finale

3. Coins

  • The Amazing Karate Pencil of Death
  • Elevated Matrix

4.Out of This Chapter

  • Out of this Street
  • Out of this House
  • Our of this Book from the Library

5. Cards

  • Holey Security Guards, Robin!
  • The Miracle Card (with John Lenahan)
  • Card-Toon Free (with John Lenahan)
  • The Birthday Deck with Paul Andrews)

6. Simational Sorcery

  • Silk Handkerchief to Spectator sleeve
  • A Meal for Monteneuf
  • The Perfect Match (with Marc Paul)

7. Mentalism

  • Killer Kombustion (with Marc Paul & Andy Stone)
  • Re: Monition
  • Number at Card
  • The Natural Lottery

8. Television Trickery

  • Who Wants to Be a Magician?
  • Big Survivor 2
  • Deal Or No Ded
  • Ring on Notepad
  • rRecaffeinated come (with Mecahon, O'Connor&Pinner)
  • Interactive Magic
  • You Couldn't Planet
  • Superstarsign
  • Cards on TV
  • Top Tips for a Magician on Television

Hardbound. 237 pages.

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Customer reviews for Secrets (Anthony Owen)



Anthony Owen is a true legend in magic and it was so sad that he had passed away. This book highlights everything in his career and he has left the magic world in a better place having moved the art forward. The secrets in these books are very practical, well thought out and most importantly strong. Vanishing Inc did a fantastic job publishing it and making the words jump off the page and come to life. Highly recommended!


Mohammad Zubair

I am a beginner in Magic, yet found the book a very interesting and quite an easy read. Yes, it does have a number of tricks dependent on gimmicks with changin glue, but it is easily available in the market. Overall, a good book and I would highly recommend it.

The oil and water trick of Owens is simply amazing. A very clean out and looks like real magic. Despite the changin glue usage for most of the tricks, it is amazing. This actually is a good thing because you can use normal cards to use them as gaffe cards.



This book has no business being this cheap.

Especially as a Black Friday deal in 2020 for only being 3yrs old.

Learning from one of the people responsible for Derren Brown should be cherished and respected for an entire century and beyond.

Fantastic purchase and a STEAL for Black Friday.



There's something for everyone here. Despite your background or skill level, definitely plenty of original tricks in here that anyone would enjoy. There are a few re-imagined effects I've already known but are updated with a great new spin but a majority are effects truly unique and wonderful.
The effects that spoke to me the loudest, score very highly on my list of all time favorites. My favorite being probably The Miracle Card.
There's a few moments where I feel the descriptions could have been lengthier or less vague. i.e. flip "that" packet or move "it" when, several packets or movements are being described. But everytime I was eventually able to decipher what was meant with very little trial and error so it's not a biggie. The pro to this is the descriptions are very very short, and to the point. You'll never have to jump back to the beginning of the trick to try to remember what's going on.
Great book.

VI Monthly


ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK. IF YOUR READING DONT WASTE TIME THIS BOOK IS A GEM! Absolutely love this book, probably one of my favorites in my collection. Effects are brilliant, the book is easy to read and some of these sleights and the nuances Anthony teaches with each trick is just incredible. I promise you you will not be disappointed. He could sell these effects and sleights individually if he really wanted. They are great. I bought it cause I was interested in the man himself and his amazing career but man I was so surprised when I got into the first chapter, these effects are amazing! I haven’t found one yet that I couldn’t see myself doing on a regular. PICK UP THIS BOOK! It will be one of YOUR favorite purchases just as it was mine!

VI Monthly


My eyes glaze over when I read that a single trick is “worth the price of the book.” Get out the Visine — Anthony Owen’s SOBW IS worth the price of the book. It’s the cleanest six-card oil and water you’ve ever seen and likely will ever do. With additional contributions by Sebastian Clergue and David Regal, you’re given optional handlings and I’m sure you’ll come up with others on your own. . In addition to the Oil and Water routine, there’s a unique handling — improvement really — of Arthur Finley’s Tent Vanish as well as ideas on Out of this World. Some of the material in the book you’re VERY unlikely to do — It’s included more for documentation than instruction. Some of the material is hyper-specialized, though the ideas therein can serve as springboards tailored to your particular needs. Some of the material is still rather inchoate, awaiting further thought and experimentation.
But all that aside. If the only addition to my active repertoire were the Oil and Water routine, I would consider this purchase the bargain of the year.



This is probably one of the best books in Magic I've ever read along with Mnemonica. There is a specific thing you'll need in order to accomplish some of the effects; however, you can replace that thing easily. This is a great read, and would definately recommend it.



The privilege has been given to us all to learn from one of the very best! From a man that has quite literally seen it all comes a culmination of his experiences, wisdom and incredible effects.
I am confident will go down as one of the classics in a very short time.
The second you open this book you are on your way to being a more established, more accomplished and more knowledgeable magician!



The Vanishing Inc. sales pitch was AWESOME! that's why I bought the book. I remember something about tips and hints for TV and instagram.

You see Anthony Owen on the director's chair (awesome desing BTW) and you think you'll get the secrets behind Derren Brown's producer.

And you'll have them in the last 2 (two) pages you'll find those TV tips and well I expected a bit more...

"The focus in Secrets is on parlor material". Nope. You'll get tons of card material. I'll call it 60% cards, 40% parlour mentalism.

The chapter title "Television Trickery" is magic with TV themes. If you thought, like me that this is the chapter where Mr. Owen will reveal his secrets of decades on TV, you'll be mistaken. I thought this book was going to be a big reference for magic on camera. But again, tricks and how to do them is what you'll find. A little bit of theory between explanations of course...

For the price, you'll get a great quality book and some fantastic routines. You won't be disappointed if you only want tricks (card tricks mostly) from a very creative magician.



I bought this book based on the reviews. I had hoped that even if none of the tricks were for me that some of the thinking behind them might be. Nope. Nothing at this time. Maybe when I come back to it in a year or two, but probably not. It's just not my style of magic. It is well-written and well-illustrated. That's the most I can say for it.


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  • Kevin asks: Is the Caravan Move an original move by Anthony Owens? Or is there inspiration from somewhere else?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: He took inspiration from a number of places but yes, it is Anthony's move.
  • Bruce T asks: Alexndra Duvivier performed an incredible oil and water trick with two sets of four-of-a-kind, which she attributed to Anthony Owen. Is this trick in Anthony’s book?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It is indeed!
  • Carl asks: Some of Anthony’s tricks used what he calls and used to sell changing glue , is this basically repositional glue ???

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Sure is.
  • Kevin asks: What is the purpose of the Caravan Move?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It's a variation of Jennings' invisible palm. It makes it look like you vanish a card.
  • Dean asks: I see at least three typos in the table of contents. Are those in the book too?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: I have checked but I do not see any. If you have any specific questions please contact us at
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