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Oxymoron are a superb tools for script. Here is a list of them. I used them but would like to know if other magicians use them in a different way...

• The only certainty is that nothing is certain
• Change is the only constant
• Always be on the lookout for the obvious
• Free advice is worth what you paid for it
• When it’s full of old clichιs, let's find new clichιs
• Always remember you're unique .. just like everyone else
• My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure
• Modern magic is very old fashioned
• I paid too much for it, but it’s worth it.
• Minimum gain for a maximum winner
• Some things in life are not for sale... unless if the price is right
• You'd be surprised how much it costs to keep it this cheap
• This is what most people would say, but I disagree with unanimity
• These balls (cups) are exactly identical, but this one is not
• I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not sure
• On one hand, I'm indecisive; but on the other, I'm not.
• His identity lies in not knowing who he is
• My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot
• No matter where you go, there you are!
• Anyone who isn't confused here doesn't really know what's going on
• Be here Now, when you can
• I’ll do it slowly: we're in a hurry
• Everything is so random there must be a pattern
• Half the lies that I’m telling you are not true
• This is a deeply superficial effect
• Since you’re easily satisfied with the very best, I’ll show you something magic
• I can give you a definite perhaps.
• I can resist everything but temptation
• I can't remember having a more memorable time.
• I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again.
• If there's one thing I can't stand, it's intolerance.
• I'm proud of my humility.
• I'm still not sure if I understand ambiguity.
• It's eight o'clock, sir! - Why the devil didn't you tell me that before? -- Overheard in hotel
• It's wrong to be always right.
• Life is full of uncertainties ... or I could be wrong about that?
• No one goes to that place anymore - it's always too crowded. -- Yogi Berra
• Nobody goes to Miami in the Winter. It's too crowded. -- Yogi Berra
• Perspective is in the eye of the beholder.
• Prejudiced people are all alike.
• Remember the future. -- Tagline for the movie "Paycheck"
• Reporter: You say you've never made a picture before? Samuel Goldwyn: Yes, but that's our strongest weak point. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• Some people say that I'm superficial, but that's just on the surface.
• The clock is two minutes ahead and one hour behind.
• The golden rule is that there are no golden rules. -- George Bernard Shaw
• The good oxymoron, to define it by a self-illustration, must be a planned inadvertency. -- Wilson Follett
• The Right way is the Wrong way and the Left way is the Right way. (Driving directions)
• The saddest moment in a person's life comes but once.
• The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. -- Paul Valery
• The world is full of apathy, but I don't care.
• There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad. -- Salvador Dali
• There's no such thing as non-existence.
• They say it's not as bad as they say it is.
• This page intentionally left blank. -- (Non-blank with the comment)
• Two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights make a left.
• Walking up stairs gets me down.
• We must believe in free will. We have no choice. -- Isaac B. Singer
• You always find something in the last place you look.
• You're the dumbest smart person I've ever met. -- from the movie 'I, Robot'
• You've no idea of what a poor opinion I have of myself, and how little I deserve it
• A person who doesn't vote votes for the winner!
• A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. -- Winston Churchill
• A unified, neutral Germany? Given that nation's heritage, such a phrase may prove to be the oxymoron of the decade. -- Kevin M. Matarese, Fulda, West Germany; as seen in 'Letters', Time magazine, March 5, 1990, page 5
• An abstention is a vote for the winner!
• As famous as the unknown soldier.
• Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• If Roosevelt was alive, he'd turn over in his grave. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. -- Winston Churchill
• The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. -- Winston Churchill
• The only new thing in this world, is the history you did not know. -- Harry Truman
Health
• A hospital is no place to be sick. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• A little pain never hurt anyone.
• Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• He lived his life to the end.
• Hypochondria is the one disease I have not got.
• I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
• If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• Often it is fatal to live too long. -- Racine
• Rehab is for quitters!
• The first condition of immortality is death. -- Stanislaw Lec
• The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• Who is the oldest inhabitant of this village? 'We haven't got one; we had one, but he died three weeks ago'.
Legal
• After Donald Trump's stretch limousine was stolen and found undamaged a few blocks away; he said, 'Nothing was stolen. I had an honest thief.' -- International Herald Tribune, March 2, 1992, page 3
Mathematics
• The 50-50-90 rule: Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
• The shortest distance between two points is how far apart they are.
• There are only three kinds of people; people who can count and people who can't.
• Why don't you pair ‘em up in threes? -- Yogi Berra
Recreation
• A joke is a very serious thing. -- Winston Churchill
• Staying awake to chase a dream. -- Muse (UK rock band) in their song 'Falling Away With You'
• We take fun seriously.
Relationships
• Always be sincere, even when you don't mean it. -- Irene Peter
• As far as I'm concerned, treachery will sometimes bring loyalty into question.
• Everytime I see her, it just eats me inside out.
• Gentlemen, for your information, I have a question to ask you. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• He doesn't have much of a reputation or so I've heard.
• He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. -- Winston Churchill
• I always advise people never to give advice. -- P. G. Wodehouse
• I am not sincere, even when I say I am not. -- Jules Renard
• I deserve respect for the things I did not do.
• I hate you as much as I love you.
• I have this nagging fear that everyone is out to make me paranoid.
• I keep telling myself that I am a pathological liar, but I am not sure if I believe it.
• I never liked you, and I always will. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• I wouldn't be paranoid if everyone didn't pick on me.
• If you fall and break your legs, don't come running to me. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• I'm not going to say, 'I told you so'.
• Maybe the bitterness will make you a bit sweeter. -- R.M.
• Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad. -- Victor Hugo
• 'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. -- Winston Churchill
• Of course I can keep secrets. It's the people I tell them to that can't keep them. -- Anthony Haden-Guest
• Our comedies are not to be laughed at. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• Our similarities are different. -- Dale Berra, son of Yogi
• Parting is such sweet sorrow. -- William Shakespeare
• People have one thing in common: they are all different.
• Samuel Goldwyn, when told his son was getting married: Thank heaven. A bachelor's life is no life for a single man. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• Seriously, you need to lighten up.
• Some bachelors want a meaningful overnight relationship.
• Too bad Sponge Bob is not here to celebrate Sponge Bob not being here! -- Squidward
• Treat me like an angel and I'll be your little devil.
• You Win, I Win, We Lose. -- Lyrics, Kenny Chesney
• You're on my list of people that will never make any list of mine.
Religion
• Christ was born in year 4 B.C.
• Evil isn't all bad.
• I die every day; I mean that brothers, just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. -- 1 Corinthians 15:31
• Thank God I'm an Atheist.
Science
• For NASA, space is still a high priority.
• In the city today the temperature rose to 180 degrees. This sudden rise of temperature was responsible for the intolerable heat.
• It isn't an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
• Most bacteria have the decency to be microscopic. Epulopiscium fishelsoni is not among them. The newly identified one-celled macro-microorganism is a full .5 mm long, large enough to be seen with the naked eye. -- Described in the current Nature, 'It is a million times as massive as a typical bacterium.' - Time, March 29, 1993, page 25
• The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep. -- W.C. Fields
Skills
• Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use. -- Wendell Johnson
• Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think. -- Ambrose Bierce
• Chronoscopy is the observation and exact estimation of time. -- Exact estimation
• Common sense is not so common.
• Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. -- Winston Churchill
• Do not put statements in the negative form. And don't start sentences with a conjunction. It is incumbent on one to avoid archaisms. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all. De-accession euphemisms. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration. Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague. -- Great Rules for writing from William Safire in the New York Times
• Everyone writes on the walls except me. -- Said to be graffiti seen in Pompeii
• Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
• He talks right and runs left. -- Bob Dole, on Clinton's changing-political positions
• I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is much better to prophesy after the event has already taken place. -- Winston Churchill
• I distinctly remember forgetting that. -- Clara Barton
• I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead. -- Samuel Goldwyn
• I have made mistakes, but have never made the mistake of claiming I never made one. -- James G. Bennet
• I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. -- Winston Churchill
• I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? -- Benjamin Disraeli
• It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. -- Mark Twain
• I've told you for the fifty-thousandth time, stop exaggerating.
• May I ask a question?
• Not only am I redundant and superfluous, but I also tend to use more words than necessary.
• Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
• Spontaneity is good as long as it is controlled.
• Stop stabbing yourself in the back. -- Judith Briles
• Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
• This report is filled with omissions.
• To lead the people, walk behind them. -- Lao-Tzu
• We are not anticipating any emergencies.
• We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.
• You win big when you lose right.
Society & Culture
• An Irishman is never at peace except when he's fighting.
• Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history. -- George Bernard Shaw
• You non-conformists are all the same. -- Muse (UK rock band) in their song
Technology
• Click the 'Start' button to Shut Down the computer.
• Why don't they make the whole airplane out of that black box stuff? -- Steven Wright
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I will now attempt to release myself from this escape-proof restraint.
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Those are great! Thanks.
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These are great
How are you using them in the frame of a script?
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I don't know if Lawrence O mentioned this, but it's one of the best:
"Microsoft works."

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This isn't an optical illusion. It just looks like one.

Thanks Lawrence. This is just the phrase I needed for my routine.

Best Regards,
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On 2009-06-29 20:22, Lawrence O wrote:
Oxymoron are a superb tools for script. Here is a list of them. I used them but would like to know if other magicians use them in a different way...


Great collection! I am curious how you are using them? Integrated into the patter for specific tricks? As humorous asides? Some other way?
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Magic is the logical evidence supplied live of something which people know for a fact and have verified by experience. Yet as a magician the performer, by nature, is claiming that his effect is not true even if his demonstration cannot be disproved.

Any effect (transposition, solid through solid, apparition...) can be presented under an almost infinite number of emotions.

A well chosen oxymoron placed at the very beginning of an effect can set the emotional framework in which such an effect will be presented and announce the conflict with the known facts which will generate the amazement.

As an example take the first oxymoron that I quoted:
The only certainty is that nothing is certain
A ball is placed under a cup, or a card in the deck, or a ring on a string... but by magic (the name we use to describe an impossible cause which doesn't exist) at a given moment the ball will travel under another cup or the signed card will arrive into a small box which was in full view even before the card was chosen, or the ring will escape the string it was threaded on.

In all these cases one can use the oxymoron "The only certainty is that nothing is certain": see I place a ball under this cup. It really goes under the cup. This is a stubborn fact. Now I do nothing but I do it well (another oxymoron). Just a wave of the wand and like a ghost travels throug the walls of an ancient citadel... the ball tavels here (lift theother cup. Then lift the departure cup saying "see: the only certainty is that nothing is certain"

Renι Lavand likes oxymorons which can come back in a trick like a musical phrase at the proper time and the proper number of times.
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Thanks for your explanation. That makes a lot of sense and seems like it would be quite effective.
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I'm glad that it does make sense for you. Now the example that I gave is a fairly basic one for I didn't want to send two messages at once. In real life, next to oxymorons, I'm also using metaphors (metaphors are what we express with images like "my computer "crashed")
So let's put metaphors in the example to replace descriptive patter

Commingling both principles, it could go something like this:
"The only certainty is that nothing is certain." As we all know it: the hammer must always remain under the bell: no hammer, no ring; no ring , no bell. This is a stubborn fact. Now I do nothing but I do it well. Just a wave of the wand... and like a friendly bullet travels through an enemy helmet at the speed of sound... see: no need even to aim (lift the other cup. Then lift the departure cup saying) "but as I said: the only certainty is that nothing is certain"

Isn't it more interesting and magical than the usual: "I put it under here... I wave my wand... and the balls travels under this cup"
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On 2009-08-18 18:06, YRauch wrote:
I don't know if Lawrence O mentioned this, but it's one of the best:
"Microsoft works."

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In the context of script creation, this thread is the most valuable of anything that I have read since joining the forum.

So a huge 'THANK YOU!' to Lawrence O for the initial collection of oxymorons at the beginning and then the further examples of their use in presentation.

By way of caution, I would suggest that the technique should be used sparingly. A full performance containing this type of patter delivery would surely set spinning the heads of your audience members! Two routines in a half hour presentation would probably be enough.

Thanks again for this most thought provoking of ideas.

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I just read an oxymoron by Bill Abbot
"I am a deeply superficial person"
I just loved it
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By way of caution, I would suggest that the technique should be used sparingly. A full performance containing this type of patter delivery would surely set spinning the heads of your audience members! Two routines in a half hour presentation would probably be enough.

Just like every other good things in life (unfortunately) and I'll name all of them... even under torture...


By the way I just heard another great one today on French TV:

If you study the past, it will always be present
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Like the Tarbell Course... if you can remember 10 of these and use them for the rest of your life, it was worth reading.

Take your time, but hurry.
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On 2009-09-13 13:37, jay leslie wrote:
Like the Tarbell Course... if you can remember 10 of these and use them for the rest of your life, it was worth reading.

Take your time, but hurry.


Bob Jardine had an interesting line for his close up act.
"Take your time, but hurry up otherwise the dove will suffocate" (or sometimes "...the dove will die").
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I thought you were serious, for a minute.
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Central Intelligence Agency.

Are these what are known as Yogi Bera-isms?
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Here is a real dose of reality. The US Congress is preparing to set up a Consumer Protection agency.

Therefore, the very people who stole your Social Security System are now planning to protect consumers! Oddly, once the government takes over a task, it makes it illegal for others to do it! Avoid effectiveness!

Is this?

Remedial Progress?


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The French could write books about this... (unfortunately)
Every time an administration (much more than any politician that can only be temporary) calls on noble motives and gets heard, you know that it's going to cost you dearly and for a long, long time...
"Vote for me I will do this for you" seem to balance the accounts, but it doesn't for the true words are "vote for me and the public servants will take your money to be paid to do it for you"
Don't get me started on this

:)
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Lawrence, Yogi Berra was/is(?) an American baseball player. He had a funny way with words. Here is one that I recall off the top of my head:

"It's like deja vu all over again". Smile
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Ok, Thks
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6deudS3t7E

I'm used to the two word variety oxymoron, but what a great way to spice up a lackluster presentation.

Thanks Lawrence.
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