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Comedy in Magic

Posted on October 28, 2008 by chris ballinger There have been 6 comment(s)

On our post "What's the Difference - Part 6" someone with the alias of "???" wrote this comment:

i am a comedy magician but with so many great tricks on this website it is hard to find ones that are funny. it would be great if a blog about the funniest tricks.

A very good suggestion and a topic that I am very happy to be writing about. Any trick can be turned into a comedy routine. Your persona usually determines whether a trick is funny, creepy, cheesy, exciting, classy, etc. That being said, there are certain tricks that were invented with comedy in mind. In each section of Magic Geek, there is a "Jump Categories" Drop-Down Menu in the top right areaof the page. Click on "Comedy" to see what we deem as having humor potential.

What follows are my top five picks for comedy magic tricks.

#5 Rocky the Raccoon:
Some of you out there are going "Why? Why in the name of all that is magical have you chosen Rocky the not-a-magic-trick Raccoon for your top five funniest magic tricks list?" And to you I say, I know. I've been there. In fact, when the owner of Magic Geek insisted I do a magic demo for the little spring critter I cringed. But I have done a 180! Rocky's not for everyone, but if he fits into your routine, he kills at live performances.

#4 Hoppin Spots:
This is kind of like a "Sucker Trick" for the platform performer. I can't think of an easier trick that gets this kind of reaction. The beauty is that the audience thinks that they are in on the trick and then you smack them across the face with eight felt dots.

#3 Vanishing Coke Bottle:
If you do children's shows you need this trick. Kids love to yell at you when they think they've figured your tricks out. A skilled performer can get the entire audience to yell until the bag is crumpled up (and that's when the yells turn to laughs.) This trick might be awesome for kid shows, but everyone loves the end of the trick. It's a real surprise to a lay-audience.

#2 Cue Card:
This is a great way to get a laugh at the end of a trick. It can turn a trick that got a lone cricket chirp into a set-up for a thunderous gag. Four distinct punch lines are built in to this effect. First off you admit that the trick you just did isn't getting the reaction that you want. Then you have the audacity to ask for more. Then you change the first part of the sign, which usually gets another laugh. And then you give them a final applause cue. Just watch the video, it's pretty self explanatory.

#1 Multiplying Bottles:
This one's great because you can do it silent like I did in the video demo or with some humorous patter like Lance Burton. It's one of those trick where--just like with the Vanishing Coke Bottle--the initial effect is not actually the trick. The routine starts off with there being one bottle and one glass that switches places, but a second bottle "accidentally" gets revealed. Oops! This keeps happening until your table is filled with "extra" bottles and the trick takes on a completely different form. The comedy is dependent on the magician's reaction to the multiplying bottles. But there is a motherload of comedy gold to be found in this wonderful stage routine.

As I said before these are the tricks that I have found to produce the most laughs. But depending on your performance style, maybe the Knife Thru Arm gets a bigger chuckle or the Straight Jacket Escape. So here's a list of close runner-ups that almost made the top 5. McCombical Prediction, Pea Can, Magic Insurance Policy, MagiCard, 'Fraid Knot, Color Monte, Phil and the Latex Dove.

What have YOU found to be the funniest magic tricks? Now's your chance to let everyone know.

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6 Responses to Comedy in Magic

  • Yonah
    Yonah says:

    "Baffling Bra" is a trick that gets a ton of laughs. When you preform it people just don''t stop smiling.

    Posted on October 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm

  • Yonah
    Yonah says:

    What are some good inexpensive tricks? My budget is $60

    Posted on October 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

  • Matthew
    Matthew says:

    Theres alot you can get for $60 bucks.

    Some goods ones are even under $20.

    If you want keep saving for the "Card to wallet" the one i want so bad.

    Good luck ^^

    Posted on November 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm

  • KingOfNynex2003
    KingOfNynex2003 says:

    well you can actually make Fiber Optics into a great comedy routine at least that's the way I present it because it's not really a serious trick.

    Posted on November 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm

  • Kyle
    Kyle says:

    The Vanishing Banana is a great comedy trick

    Posted on November 9, 2008 at 8:54 pm

  • Even
    Even says:

    I did just get the Multiplying Bottles

    Posted on December 26, 2008 at 9:43 pm