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Topic: Subtle-adult humor
Message: Posted by: scaress (May 27, 2006 12:10AM)
I'm trying to attract more adults and less childeren to my acts.
Without dirty limericks...
Actually I like limericks. But no actual obscene words.
Any ideas. Anywhere to look?
Message: Posted by: bitterman (May 27, 2006 08:33AM)
Have you tried Kate, Edith and Stan?
Message: Posted by: scaress (May 28, 2006 12:51PM)
Sorry, who?
Message: Posted by: Lyndel (May 28, 2006 02:23PM)
He's refering to this effect:


It's very good when delivered properly! Also, check out Cody Fisher's Sweet Dreams!


Message: Posted by: mrmystic (May 29, 2006 02:27AM)
You can see Doc Eason perform Stan, Kate and Edith on one of the Real Work Videos.
Thanks for the link, I have been looking for the trick and every shop says it's not being made anymore.
Message: Posted by: scaress (May 31, 2006 09:19PM)
Thanks for that.
I was actually looking for jokes.

Gazzo has a great one for a baldy like me.

"the more hair you loose, the more head you get"

if you get it, then you probably won't be offended by it. if you don't get it, it's perfectly innocent.

anyone have similar?
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Jun 1, 2006 04:24PM)
I saw a Dora the Explorer magician at a kids show. She used a suggestive joke. I'm by all means a prude, and the joke was missed by the kids, but I was strangely put off. I would try changing venues, seeming inappropriate where kids are present could jeopardize your reputation.
Message: Posted by: Doc Eason (Jun 1, 2006 10:52PM)
I am currently working on bringing SKE back to market.

Kerry Pollock has graciously consented to let me produce this gem...

stay tuned

Message: Posted by: God-glorified (Jun 2, 2006 03:28PM)
Whit Haydn's material with Mongolian Pop Knot and 4 ring routine have enough that you need. (And there not bad to get the easily offended upset)
Message: Posted by: magicman226 (Jun 2, 2006 05:35PM)
I saw a great magician on a cruise do Stan, Kate, and Edith. He was obviously one who got the performance down perfectly. Great routine without actually saying the words. It's almost like The Contest on Seinfeld. Nothing is said, but you know what's implied. haha

Message: Posted by: MagicB1S (Jun 3, 2006 01:07PM)
Stan, Kate and edith is one of my all time favorites and if kids are at the venue it will go right over there heads. Very funny routine
Message: Posted by: itshim (Jun 3, 2006 02:44PM)
If you do balloon models and make a poodle, the suck technique for the tail works well with the line "I'm teachng my wife to do this!"

Message: Posted by: DoctorAmazo (Jun 5, 2006 08:45AM)
I got my SKE directly from Doc at one of his lectures.

You really need the real thing, if only because they are plastic. Plastic ones have a quality that makes them work much better. That's all I'd better say.

I had a "home-made" set I printed on posterboard when I first learned the routine. Trust me, you want the "real deal". I hope they go back into production. (Hmmm....actually, I don't! I already got mine! lol)

But more on topic: SKE is the perfect routine for dancing up to the "line" but not crossing it. It's one of my most requested bits, but I don't do it when children are present.
Message: Posted by: kOnO (Jun 12, 2006 04:22AM)
So is the version of SKE at:

not the "REAL THING"?

Message: Posted by: Doc Eason (Jun 25, 2006 09:58PM)
Kerry is selling the 'real thing' but the colors are not exactly true. Plus... I don't know what his cards from Kerry are printed on.

We are planning on printing the cards on the same stock as the cards from Mississippi Card Co. They are plastic and easily cleaned and should last forever! As long as they don't get warped.

A key player in this is overseas so the timing is a bit up in the air.
Message: Posted by: DoctorAmazo (Jul 10, 2006 12:07PM)
My SKE cards are warped, but it doesn't matter...I am, too!
Message: Posted by: Ireland (Jul 10, 2006 10:01PM)
I do SKE at every performance...... I had large cards made up as the normal ones are too small for a stage trick.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jul 11, 2006 06:26AM)
Does anyone have a "clean" patter for SKE they would like to share? .. :) .. Wait....Doc's is clean.....The audience does the dirty work... :) ....
Message: Posted by: Astrid (Jul 30, 2006 01:00PM)
Confucius Say: "Man who stand on toilet.....High on Pot"
Confucius Say: "Woman who where G-string......high on crack"
Confucius Say: "Baseball not right....Man with 3 balls cannot walk"

I've found that Confucius can be the perfect way to lead them down the garden path...and turn on the hose. ;)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 30, 2006 01:48PM)
Well it is 4 balls but ok.

Anyhow I think your choice of material aside if you attracting kids, it is the advertising for the show at fault.
Message: Posted by: illuzns (Jul 31, 2006 12:10AM)
Since we're talking confucious...I've got one for you...Confucious say"Man who cooks carrots and peas in same pot, not very sanitary..." This is pretty funny and goes completely over kids heads. Hope you can use it. By the way Astrid, I thought your jokes were pretty funny.(And actually you did say it correctly)
Message: Posted by: Astrid (Jul 31, 2006 03:19PM)
On 2006-07-31 01:10, illuzns wrote:
By the way Astrid, I thought your jokes were pretty funny.(And actually you did say it correctly)

Hehe thanks Illuzns! I like yours...haven't heard that one before! lol
Message: Posted by: Bruce Sinclair (Jul 31, 2006 04:08PM)
Good topic. In my opinion, even suggestive material has no place in a kids show. Entertainers who try and rely on this to impress adults are probably doing more harm than good. I have been doing bar magic for more than 15 years. After some time away from magic, I have recently started doing a kidshow. As I examine this issue, I realize that many of the routines I have done for adults with suggestive patter, double entendre and inuendo, (who doesn't love that word?) I also perform for young audiences. However, the presentation is completely different. It is a matter of writing patter that is right for your audience. When performing kidshows, I do asides, (jokes targeted at the adults watching) but they are clean. For instance, I do my own version of David Williamson's 3 card trick. When the child fails to correctly count three cards into my hand, I might turn to an adult and say "let me guess, public school?" This always gets a chuckle from the adults. I do entertain the adults with jokes just for them.

The bottom line about this issue for me is, I might impress an adult present at a kidshow on occasion, but if have strong presentations that are geared for children, the childrens response should impress the adults enough and I will never risk offending a client or one of their friends or alienating myself with a parent.
Message: Posted by: scaress (Aug 15, 2006 08:12PM)
Hey, I like the confusious jokes.

seems that I should explain...
the reason I started this post is because I dable in the busking business. I also live in salt lake city. if you've ever been here you'd know that you can't swing a dead kid without hitting a live kid.
I'm not actually asking for suggestive humor to use at a kids show. I don't do kids shows. at least not on purpose.
I'm asking for humor I can use on the street that will make the mormon lady with 12 kids watch my show instead of seeing a magician and thinking "Ooo! free babysitter!".
Message: Posted by: Destiny (Aug 21, 2006 06:26AM)
Appreciate that Scaress is not looking to offend anyone

And on the subject - I work everything from family/kids shows to absolute Adults Only clubs - strippers etc - and it is incredibly important that we take note of our sudience and don't offend them - they don't pay their money to have us decide what is suitable in their life - we must have the commonsense to judge where they draw the line. If kids are present this is much easier because we have no right ever to inflict adult material on them.

I should note I learnt this the hard way - starting off around punk when comedy was truly cut throat and we were proud to upset people - I spent years feeling I was cutting edge entertainment when I offended people and took far too long to realize I was a fool, limiting my employment options and living in an imagined glorious past.

Now I concentrate on giving an audience what THEY want as opposed to what I want - and hoping to bring some joy into their lives - if they want confrontation and to be offended they can stay home and watch the news.
Message: Posted by: scaress (Aug 21, 2006 06:09PM)
Ok. you've convinced me. I won't tell offensive humor at childerens shows. I've learned my lesson. I won't even think about it. cross my heart...

well, now that that's settled, does anyone have any subtle-adult jokes?
Message: Posted by: Jonton (Aug 24, 2006 01:35PM)
Another Gazzo line:
Magician: "Is that your girlfriend?"
Spectator: "Yes"
Magician: "Hmmmm, it's a small world."

Old rope joke (from Michael Finney):
Magician: "You like rope tricks?"
Spectator: "Yeah"
Magician: "Really...? This could be more fun than I had anticipated. Please examine the rope. Probably a lot like the stuff you have at home, right?"
Audience: *Laugh*
Magician: "You probably wonder how I knew THAT!"

My suggestion to you is that if you want subtle adult humor, you need to check out Michael Finney's Live at Lake Tahoe Volume 2:

This is a pretty good thread if you can get straight answers out of people...
Have fun,
Message: Posted by: scaress (Aug 25, 2006 10:54PM)
haha. love the "bedroom quality" rope joke.

heres more confucius jokes.

I never heard of Michael Finney. I'll have to check him out.
Message: Posted by: Astrid (Aug 30, 2006 03:06PM)
I've also found that limericks (am I spelling that correctly?) can be hilarious if played correctly. Buy a limerick book and you can usually find a few that you can modify to suit your act.
Message: Posted by: thinkingisbelieving (Sep 1, 2006 11:13AM)
For inspiration, try to watch some of the old Bullwinkle cartoons. They had great material which meant one thing for children, but something entirely different for adults.
Message: Posted by: Doc Eason (Jan 6, 2007 09:19AM)
Kerry Pollock and I are finally re releasing the routine.

The trick comes with the necessary cards that are plastic coated and should last a life time with the proper care...and a dvd covering every aspect of this routine with Kerry's script, my script, Dan Garrett's script, and other lines from working pros such as RJ Owens, Bill Palmer, Bob Escher, Doug Slater and Paul Landry....Plus two 'live in front of a real audience' versions-one of Kerry's and one of mine so they can see several different styles of presentation.... we have attacked this trick from all angles and you will receive this all for the price of $49.95.
Contact me for further information.

Message: Posted by: mcharisse (Jan 14, 2007 09:02PM)
SpongeBob, too is written on two levels and includes stuff for adults, I'm currently working on a squarepants sponge routine I hope adults will like as well as kids