Shoot Ogawa – Ogawa University

Shoot Ogawa – Ogawa University vol 1-4


The Ogawa University program is your front-row seat to a magical education by one of the most delightful entertainers in the world today.  Shoot Ogawa is a six-time Magic Castle award winner who has performed on television on every continent.  You are in for the treat of your life.  You will learn effects with cards, coins, paper, wand, silk, money, rope, sponge balls, rubber bands, and more.  But learning how an effect works is just the beginning.  Shoot will teach you how to make your pet routines truly magical by discussing the theory of what makes magic truly magical.  Even if you know some of these routines, the nuances Shoot teaches about these effects are worth the price of admission.  Each multi-session volume is a complete product; a total of four volumes will be released over four weeks.  Each volume comprises of effects, techniques, theory discussions, gags, and comical entertainment with classical cartoons for you to watch while practicing your techniques.


SHOOT OGAWA was born in Tokyo, Japan, where he discovered his love for magic at the age of 10. By the time he was 17, he had traveled to the United States and won the First Place award for Stage Magic at the St. Louis Magic Jubilee.  

Since that time, Shoot has performed on television in all 7 continents; won the Magic Castle’s ‘Close-Up Magician of the Year’ twice, making him the youngest person ever to win that title; named the most popular Japanese entertainer in America; awarded the Magic Castle’s ‘Parlour Magician of the Year’ two times, and awarded the Magic Castle’s ‘Stage Magician of the Year’ twice. 

Shoot Ogawa performs all over the world every year and audiences delight in his flawless presentation of magic.


  • Running Time: 173 minutes – This is Volume One of Four 

Ace King Miracle: A self-working routine where the spectator chooses where to cut a shuffled deck.  Then they deal down four piles to reveal that the top cards of each pile are all kings.  However, the magician then turns over the bottom cards to reveal that those cards are all aces.

Three Card Prediction: A self-working routine where the magician shuffles a deck of cards.  Then the spectator helps to make three piles only to turn over the top three cards revealing very random cards.  However, in a card box that’s been sitting on the table from the beginning, the spectator finds three cards inside that are the matching mates to the three chosen random cards.

Ogawa Opener: One of Shoot’s professional routines that he uses to this day.  Magician freely shuffles a deck of cards. A spectator tells the magician when to stop as he riffles through the deck and the magician truly stops at that location. The magician then produces four aces in the blink of an eye. This is pure eye-popping magic.

Ace Surprise: One of Shoot’s favorite.  The magician shuffles the deck and then places four packs of cards in the shape of a cross on the table to reveal that each top card is an ace.  Except the last card isn’t an ace; it’s a numbered card.  However, the magician counts down to the number on that card to reveal the last ace.

Oil & Water Mystery: The magician shows 5 black cards and 3 red cards. He then takes the three red cards and mixes them in the black cards only for them to magically separate multiple times.  The KICKER at the end comes when the magician reveals that there are only 3 black cards instead of 5, and now there are 5 red cards instead of 3.  No gimmicks.

Spoon Bend Gag: Bend a spoon 90 degrees only to restore it to its original condition.

Crazy Man’s Handcuffs: Classic Rubberband effect but with Shoot’s touches.

Color Transposition: Magician shows 8 cards, 4 red, and 4 black.  Spectator names one of the cards, say the 8 of Clubs.  The magician then shows that the chosen card has vanished only to appear reversed in the other and different colored pack of cards.

Sponge Ball Magic: This is where Shoot’s magic skills really shine.  You will learn how to palm the sponge ball, vanish and produce the sponge ball, and split them into two different balls.  Shoot teaches the magic behind the toss vanish in great detail.

Two Amazing Sponges:Learn how to vanish a sponge ball, and then produce the ball only to roll it under your finger where two appear.  These techniques will give you the foundation to learn the routines in Volume 2.

Techniques Taught: Dealers Grip, Biddle Grip, Riffle Shuffle, Ribbon Spread, Emsley Count, Break, Toss Vanish, Rubberband techniques, Dribble, and Palming.

Straight Talk With Shoot: A Magician Keeps a Secret and How to Practice Magic.

  • Running Time: 173 minutes
  • 7 videos
  • 11 Effects
  • 11 Techniques
  • 2 Straight Talk Discussions With Shoot
  • 2 Funny Gags
  • 4 Study Cartoons
  • 2 Bonus sessions of Shoot at the table discussing magic and theory – Running Time 46 minutes – How to create variations of tricks, framing your magic (worth the prices of admission alone), Shoot gives a mini-workshop on the double lift, and how to palm a card naturally.


  • Running Time:  240 minutes – This is Volume Two of Four 

Marvelous Sponges: A two-sponge routine.  Magician shows one sponge ball which turns into two sponges in the hands of a spectator.  This is repeated several times for amazement only to end with both sponge balls vanishing at the end.

Candy for Sponges: The magician magically multiplies two sponge balls into four in the spectator’s hands.  The magician then takes the four sponge balls back into his hand. Then when the magician opens his hand back open, instead of the four sponge balls appearing, there are now four pieces of candy to hand out to spectators, and the sponge balls have vanished. Very surprising which makes it very magical.

Silly With Shoot: Shoot teaches the classic gag of removing the thumb off of one’s hand.  Then he teaches a very comedic variation of a stretched thumb moving with four fingers.  Finally, he teaches a variation of stretching the thumb nearly 4 inches.  You will be doing this one tomorrow!

Pen Thru Bill: Shoot teaches a non-gimmicked version of penetrating a dollar bill with a pen only to show the bill unharmed at the end.

Pen Thru Bill Version 2.0: Shoot teaches an optical illusion of pen thru bill.

Not a Knot Silks: Shoot teaches a foundational effect for silk magic.  The magician ties two silks together, and then he has two spectators to hold the ends of each silk only for the silks to instantly come apart.

Pro Tip: Shoot teaches a mini-workshop on folding a silk.

Insta-Silk: The magician pretends to fold up invisible silk only for a real silk to pop out of thin air. Extremely visual.

Rope & Silk:Magician takes a rope and ties a knot in the middle.  When the magician stretches the rope to tighten the knot a silk instantly and magically appears tied to the knot.

8 CardBrainwave:  Classic magic effect where a spectator freely chooses one card from 8 which are all face up.  The magician then shows the backs of the 7 unchosen cards which are all one color.  Then the spectator turns over the chosen card to reveal that it was the only card with a different colored back.

Technique: Olram Subtlety: Shoot teaches a foundational technique used in numerous card effects.

Jack Attack: The magician clearly shows four jokers only to turn them face down.  The magician then proceeds to turn one card over at a time as he places each on the table to reveal that they have all turned into four jacks.  Cards are examinable.

Technique: Flustration Count.  A technique to show all cards as one even though they are different.  This technique is used in several card routines.

21 Card Trick: This is not the usual classic.  The magician asks the spectator to pick a number between one and twenty. Say the number 9 is chosen.  The magician then deals down nine cards to the table and hands them to the spectator as their pack. The magician then deals 20 cards face up from the remaining pack. Then the magician counts to the 9th card to choose a “random” card (say the 7 of diamonds) from the face-up cards on the table. Then in a magical manner, the magician reveals all four sevens.  But the real kicker is when the spectator turns over their chosen card and discovers that it’s the only card in the entire deck that has a different colored back.  This is a GREAT routine!

Magician Drawer Box: This is a must-have prop that provides a ton of magic.  I once saw an Asian magician perform a 30-minute routine with this prop to receive a standing ovation at the end.  Shoot teaches the basic effects and handling of this prop.   You can grab one from Penguin RIGHT HERE

Magician Drawer Box Tips:  Shoot teaches the finer workings of the magician’s drawer box.  Great insight by a pro!  We will use the magician’s drawer box in the last volume when Shoot teaches you how to string together a number of effects to create a magic show.

Straight Talk With Shoot: Shoot discusses how to make your magical movements look real.  If you pretend to take an object how do you make it look real?  Shoot teaches us how to mimic real actions when we’re actually faking the action.

Coin Thru Hanky:  A magician places a coin in the middle of a hanky.  Then the magician causes the coin to visually penetrate through the hanky.

Coin and Pen Routine:  Shoot teaches a great routine using a coin and a pen.  The coin and the pen appear and vanish at different times.  This is a wonderful spontaneous routine to perform for your audience.

Coin From Cards: The magician cleanly shows two cards front and back.  Then he places those two cards together when he allows a coin to slide out from between them.

Coins From Cards: This is very visual.  The magician pulls 4 of a kind from a shuffled deck.  He then places each card on the table in a row.  Then he takes one coin and causes it to vanish under one card.  Spectator is asked which card he thinks it is under, and they choose the correct one.  However, the magician then reveals that all of the cards have a coin underneath them which is very surprising to the spectator.

Technique: Shoot teaches his version of coin roll – how to roll a coin across your fingers non-stop.  Then Shoot teaches you how to practice the technique.

Technique: Shoot teaches us how to spin a coin, with an effect at the end you can perform with this technique.

Technique: Shoot teaches us how to perform the classic French Drop.  Shoot also teaches the theory of movement which is invaluable.

Technique:  Classic Palm:  Shoot teaches the classic effect of concealing a coin in the palm. Then he teaches us how to make it look natural.

Technique:  Finger Palm:  This is Shoot’s favorite technique in coin magic. Again, he not only teaches the technique, but he spends time on how to make it look natural.

Technique:  Thumb Palm: Another classic coin manipulation technique.

Technique:  Ramsay’s Subtlety: This is one of the most magical methods of showing the palm of the hand empty when in fact it’s concealing a coin. NOTE: These techniques will be used in effects Shoot will teach in Volume 3.

Round Table Session 1

Shoot discusses how he got started in magic and television

Understanding the 3D dimension of you in relation to your audience

Round Table Session 2

Great discussion regarding On-Beat and Off-Beat movement

Understanding the timeline of how you present your magic effect

  • Running Time: 240 minutes
  • 9 videos
  • 12 Effects
  • 10 Techniques
  • 5 Study Cartoons
  • 2 Bonus sessions of Shoot at the table discussing magic and theory – Running Time 51 minutes.


  • Running Time: 133 minutes – This is Volume Three of Four 

Easy Coin Production Routine: The magician spins one coin on the table when suddenly two appear.  Then the magician rubs the two coins together to produce three when instantly another coin appears for an easy four coin production.

Toss Vanish Pro Teaching: Shoot teaches his absolute favorite coin vanish.  Imagine tossing a coin from one hand into the other hand whereupon it has vanished into thin air.  Shoot doesn’t just teach you how to accomplish this move, but he spends time teaching the nuances behind the move.  This one teaching is worth the price of the entire product.

Toss Vanish Pro Tips: Shoot teaches how to use the toss vanish with several objects.  He then teaches how to look natural when performing the move.

Hanky Coin Switch:  The magician takes a silver half dollar and places the coin under a hanky and when he snaps his fingers he uncovers the coin to reveal that it has turned into a Chinese half dollar.  Very clean effect and very visual.

Hanky Coin Surprise: The magician rolls a silver coin up in a hanky, and when he unrolls the hanky the coin has turned into a copper penny.  However, the magician tells the spectator how he does it by pulling up the hanky to show the hidden silver coin.  The surprise ending occurs when the magician removes the hanky which has been hanging in the air to reveal a bottle of soda that came from nowhere.  Visual magic at its best.

Comeback Rubber band: This is the craziest rubber band effect you will ever see.  Imagine taking a rubber band and wrapping it around your fingers so that you can shoot it off of your hand toward the floor.  When the rubber band hits the floor it will spin backward to land on your feet.

Comeback Coin: The magician places a coin in one hand, and then reaches into his coat pocket to retrieve a pen or pencil as a magic wand.  The coin is then shown to have vanished from both hands.  Once again the magician taps the back of his hand to show the coin has appeared.  This is very easy to perform and extremely visual.

Laws of Attraction: This is one of Shoot’s strangest of all magic effects.  Imagine taking a coin in one hand and touching it to another coin and nothing happens.  But then the magician makes a magical gesture and the coins are now magnetic.  This repeats off and on as much and as often as the magician desires.  No magnets are used, and once the technique is learned you can apply this to a variety of non-magnetized objects.  This will get a ton of people watching you at a restaurant if you play around with plastic objects.

Double Lift:This is the primary technique used in card magic to perform hundreds of card effects.  Shoot teaches the nuances behind this technique.  On Volume One Shoot teaches a mini-workshop on the double lift in the bonus section.

Shoot’s Chicago Opener Shoot took a classical card effect and made it easier to perform which gets great reactions.  You will perform this routine for the rest of your life because of the reactions you receive from your audience.

Shoot’s Triumph: Shoot has taken another classic of magic and changed the routine up a bit to make it easier for everyone to perform.  Very fun effect to perform.  Shoot also gives a pro-tip on which spectator to choose if there are several spectators in the audience.

Magician Pro Tip: Shoot teaches a great tip on how to display a card to enhance the card effect.

Crayon Illusions: Shoot has fun by teaching you how to shrink a crayon and then how to pull that crayon out of your nose.

Framing Lecture: This one lecture is worth the price of all four volumes.  Shoot teaches the importance of framing your magic for your audience.  Acquiring and applying this magic knowledge will increase the emotional impact your magic will have on your audience.  This is pro-level information and all of your magic will take a quantum leap after you understand how to frame your magic.

Dice Prediction: A fun way to predict some hidden numbers from rolled dice.

Round Table Session

Shoot gives a mini-workshop on the classic palm of a coin.  Great teaching!

Shoot teaches a session on the differences between vanishing a coin and producing a coin.

Shoot teaches the nuances behind the pickup move when performing the Matrix which he teaches in detail in Volume 4.

  • Running Time: 133 minutes
  • 5 videos
  • 10 Effects
  • 6 Techniques
  • 4 Study Cartoons
  • Bonus session of Shoot at the table discussing magic and theory – Running Time 16 minutes.


  • Running Time: 209 minutes – This is Volume Four of Four – This volume is LOADED…

Technique: Shoot teaches how to spring a deck of cards from one hand to the next. Very beautiful flourish.

Card Setting Technique: Shoot teaches the student how to take a random deck of cards and set them in new deck order. In Japan, magicians have competitions on how fast one can return a shuffled deck back to new deck order. Can you beat Shoot’s record?

Card Setting Technique Second Variation: Shoot teaches a different method for achieving the same goal.

Divining Rod: The spectator chooses a card from the deck and returns it after viewing the face of the card. The magician then turns to another spectator and tells them that they will do all the magic. The magician spreads the cards across the table and requests the spectator to hold their index fingers up to make a divining rod and touch two cards leaving a number of cards between the two fingers. The magician removes all of the cards outside of the fingers leaving only those between the fingers. Then the magician spreads the remaining cards out again and requests the spectator to repeat the process. This is done until there are only four remaining cards. The magician then reveals the chosen card in a magical way from those four remaining cards.

Knot Off Rope: The magician ties a knot onto a piece of rope and then slides that knot along the rope until it comes completely off at the end. Visually strong effect.

Cut & Restored Rop: Shoot teaches a classic effect with rope. The magician cuts two ropes in the middle with a pair of scissors and then continues to cut off small pieces from the ends of the ropes in a comical way in hopes of making all the ends equal in length. The magician then ties the cut ends of the rope into a knot only for the spectator to watch that knot be cut into small pieces. The knot is finally blown off the rope to reveal one long rope that has been completely restored.

Coin MatrixYou’re in for a real treat. Shoot Ogawa is known around the world for his coin matrix routines. You’ll not only learn how to perform this routine, but you will also receive Shoot’s artistic insight on how to make this effect very magical for your audience.

Spellbound: The magician takes a half-dollar into his palm and when he opens the palm back open it has turned into a Chinese coin. This action is repeated several times when finally the magician changes the coins back and forth on the table mat in a very quick and visually exciting fashion. This effect is Shoot’s personal routine for the Spellbound classic. Imagine taking a half dollar and showing it very cleanly while saying, “this coin is made in”…and when you open your hands you say, “China” since the coin changed into a China coin. Comical and pure eye candy.

Pro Tip:Shoot teaches how using a wand is invaluable to the magician for misdirecting the eyes of your audience.

Spinning Wand: Shoot gives a wonderful teaching on how to spin a wand with one hand for a very visual flourish. He then teaches a well-known gag called clinging wand.

Silk from Wand Production: The magician shows both hands empty and yet when the magic wand is tapped on the back of the hand, a silk magically appears in mid-air. The teaching on how to accomplish this effect is invaluable since the student can take that knowledge and apply it to their personal creative development of magic.

Technique Double Undercut: This is a must-know card technique for any magician. This technique allows the magician to control a card placed into the middle of the deck back to the top of the pack.

Technique In-Jog Out-Jog: Shoot teaches the finer workings of this classic card control technique.

Technique Tilt:This is a card effect that allows the magician to give the impression that a chosen card is placed in the middle of the deck when in fact, it’s placed second from the top.

Technique Key Card: When a student learns this technique then the whole world of thousands of card effects are opened to them.

Four Amazing Kings: WOW…Shoot took the above techniques which you just learned and created a visually stunning card routine. Imagine having four spectators choose a card from the deck and then return their cards to the deck one at a time. Then the magician attempts to find those cards by cutting the deck but to his shock and dismay, he locates 4 kings that are placed face down on the table. The magician takes the last king and visually changes that king into a spectator’s card instantly, and when the other kings are turned over they have visually changed into the other spectator’s chosen cards. Not only is this a crazy card routine, but it also allows you to practice a number of card techniques to grow your magic skills.

How to Routine a Magic Show: This is the payoff. Shoot teaches the student how to take several effects from this project and routine them together for a well-grounded magic show to delight your spectator’s hearts. LISTEN: This is worth the price of the entire project. Having a fundamental understanding of how to string effects together in an effort to draw your audience into your act is key to giving a strong artistic performance.

Round Table Session 1

These round table sessions are priceless because you’ll not only learn great effects and techniques but also Shoot’s thinking on magic theory along the way.

Top Shot: Shoot goes in-depth on how to perform this eye candy flourish.

3·6·9 : This is just Shoot showing off but he teaches a very unique card effect using a color change.

The Ogawa Club: This is Shoot’s version of a sandwich effect.

The Pass: Shoot teaches the classic pass and all of the nuances behind this technique. If you learn this then your card magic will go to an entirely new level of impact.

Round Table Session 2
Card Control: Shoot teaches various card control techniques ending with him sharing the finer points of his professional routine effect titled, ‘Ogawa Opener.’

Volume Four Contents:

  • Running Time: 209 minutes
  • 7 videos
  • 10 Effects
  • 13 Techniques
  • 2 Study Cartoons
  • 2 Bonus sessions of Shoot at the table discussing magic and theory – Running Time 66 minutes.

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