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Topic: Tom Mullica
Message: Posted by: Chris Becker (Apr 23, 2007 12:35AM)
His smoke ring sight gag is pretty much the funniest thing I have seen in any magic act.

I noticed there's no thread on Mullica, so here we go. The entire act is pretty funny, has anyone ever taken on cigarette eating after him?
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Apr 23, 2007 02:24PM)
A friend of mine does the cigarette eating. It's a sight to behold but not before lunch.
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (Apr 24, 2007 09:05AM)
I am still working on his cigarette eating routine. I can do it with 6 lit cigarettes now and I am still working my way up. his material is great. his smoke ring gag is something that I use in every show. it's hilarious!!!!
good to see that I am not the only one still defending cigarette magic;)

-Matt
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Apr 24, 2007 11:04AM)
Cigarette magic is becoming an endangered species! With so few public places allowing it, and the general bad association with smoking, few people are doing cigarette tricks anymore.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Apr 24, 2007 11:59AM)
It is one reason that slowed Tom himself down.
Message: Posted by: unclesamayen (Apr 24, 2007 12:09PM)
Jeff Hobson has a cigarette eating magic in his "Jeff Hobson Live" DVD
It's hilarious!
Check it out
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Apr 24, 2007 03:07PM)
No. Tom is/was in a class all by himself. He quit magic and has morphed into Red Skelton...

Magic's loss.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Apr 24, 2007 04:47PM)
Tom said he didn't mind tipping his act because he doubted anyone would ever do it as it's painful.
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 1, 2007 11:03AM)
That's what he told me as well when I mailed him asking for some advice regarding the routine. anyway, there is not much to be said as it is just what it seems to be.

-Matt
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (May 3, 2007 01:52PM)
Tom Mullica imo is one of the greatest comedy magicians ever. He uses a lot of old lines, but he does them 100x better than most.

His timing and skill is flawless.

I did see him drop a pen once though.

And the smoke ring gag is very funny! Thought he was going to go somewhere with the ring!

I bet he's laughing at everyone that tries to do his cigarette eating routine, if you know what I mean ;)

M:C
Message: Posted by: honus (May 4, 2007 01:11PM)
[quote]
On 2007-04-24 16:07, Justin Style wrote:
No. Tom is/was in a class all by himself. He quit magic and has morphed into Red Skelton...

Magic's loss.
[/quote]Indeed. But his Red Skelton show is terrific. If you're ever in Branson, run, do not walk, to his show. Or, you can buy a DVD of the show from Tom's website. (You can buy DVD's of the real Skelton while you're there.)
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 13, 2007 04:06AM)
That's the difference mates between him and most of the comedy magicians perfomring nowadays. one small difference that I did not mention-vodka induced memory lacks...sorry...he IS funny! not to mention his sleight of hand abilities!
and yes, if I was in his place, I would laugh my never-performed lipo-suction off if anyone tried my cigarette eating routine. the man worked his inner-mouth parts of skin to accomplish that and finally performed it with flair!
but there are still blokes with a lot of time and devotion on their hands that put a lot of effort in the material and try to keep cigarette magic alive!
all the best to ya

-Matt

Oh, and another thing...my deepest appologies go out to those who perform gospel comedy. I really don't see how that exists but excuse my limiteed mind and shy understanding...just don't read please. for your own good
Message: Posted by: TroyRoark (May 15, 2007 12:35AM)
Anyone ever see Harold Russel do his smoking routine. He plays a drunk who keeps lighting cigarettes and putting them in his jacket, lit. His jacket finally goes up in smoke as he runs off stage.

I rivals Mullica, and it's one of the few things that do. I guessing Tom would agree.

Got to see Tom do his cigarettes at a close-up show in St. Louis at the Midwest Magic Jubillee years ago. I was in the front row and saw nothing.
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 15, 2007 03:01PM)
Couldn't find any footage of Harold Russel but I'll keep at it!
thanks for the info

-Matt
Message: Posted by: munkywrench (May 15, 2007 07:03PM)
Skelton was Mulica's mentor and helped to clean him up. Glad to see him carrying on with his friend's tradition.
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 16, 2007 10:42AM)
What do you mean by "clean him up" ?

-Matt
Message: Posted by: Trois (May 20, 2007 12:40PM)
He told him to stop with the off-color material, so he can be able to work anywhere in the world. So he gave him some of his good lines to use instead.
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 20, 2007 11:37PM)
I see. thank you Trois for that...it sounded a little rehabish at first :P
I am sure that Skelton improved every aspect of Tom's performance in the years he was his mentor.

-Matt
Message: Posted by: archini (May 21, 2007 06:22AM)
There is a young guy over her that does the cigarette act very well. With Tom's permission too I believe. He's called Pete Firman. Sadly I don't think there is a video anywhere but he does it very well.

J
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 21, 2007 07:12AM)
Congrats to the lad!!! I am still working on the routine and I can honestly say that it takes a lot of time, practice and literally pain ;)
if you stumble upon a video of him performing it be sure to let us know!

-Matt
Message: Posted by: archini (May 21, 2007 09:36AM)
Will do.... I have seen him do it live and he did it on TV once too. I know he doesn't particularly enjoy doing it and I think he may well have to stop anyway when the smoking ban takes effect in July.

J
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 24, 2007 03:17AM)
That smoking ban is aweful. luckily I don't have to deal with that over here...not yet anyway,hehe.

-Matt
Message: Posted by: ChristopherM (May 29, 2007 09:00AM)
Matt, the smoking ban is a good thing IMO! However, there are drawbacks - more people in outdoor public places smoking instead. Hopefully it'll encourage a lot of people to quit.

'Barry and Stuart' a pair of UK magicians present an interesting routine based on smoking, with a few Cigarette moves with Mullica influences.
Message: Posted by: styck13 (May 29, 2007 02:19PM)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=neTBQzMq8d4

is this what yall were talking about? It is a good routine, that's for sure.

Gosh I Love YouTube.
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (May 31, 2007 01:12AM)
Yup, that's it styck13!
takes a lot of work unfortunatly.
about the smoking ban, I really do not agree it is a good thing. for all the smokers out there I mean. I love smoking when in a pub enjoying my beer. ;) plus that I do strictly comedy bar magic and I use cigarettes in my acts.

-Matt
Message: Posted by: ChristopherM (Jun 1, 2007 10:00AM)
This is the routine I was talking about:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ET_MKohV0xU
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Jun 3, 2007 06:25PM)
That was great!
Message: Posted by: korttihai_82 (Jul 4, 2007 06:33PM)
There is also at least one magician in Finland that does Mullicas cigarette eating act called Jori A Kopponen. He didn't do it as well as Mullica tegnically but he made it his own, so to speak and developed an complete character around it and it worked fine.