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Topic: Need Your Help with Knife Thru Coat Routine
Message: Posted by: mesmer (Nov 13, 2007 02:44PM)
I'm working on a script for my new act, and I plan to add a knife thru coat in this act, so.....

Since this is the ''funny'' section of the Café.....

what additional lines and gag that you can add to make the knife thru coat routine become more Funnier?

Here is my research has come up so far :

-stick your thumb out of the hole in the jacket
-produce various cutlery from the jacket pocket
-produces a shovel/spade from behind the jacket
-put a securyty tag in in spectator jacket as part of the routine

Anymore guys?........some funny lines or visual gag?

Thank you for writing
Message: Posted by: SoCalPro (Nov 13, 2007 04:20PM)
Sorry, can't help you write. We have a "writers strike" here in the US. :lol:
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Nov 13, 2007 06:59PM)
Seems like your over complicating it!

Nothing can be funny.
Message: Posted by: mesmer (Nov 13, 2007 08:44PM)
On 2007-11-13 17:20, SoCalPro wrote:
Sorry, can't help you write. We have a "writers strike" here in the US. :lol:

Bummer... oh well...I guess I have to wait then! ;-(

Posted: Nov 13, 2007 9:47pm

On 2007-11-13 19:59, Matt Colman wrote:
Seems like your over complicating it!

Nothing can be funny.

not in the mood of writing a decent post Huh!... you should join the strike also!
Message: Posted by: Magic Rob (Nov 14, 2007 01:45AM)
I'm not sure if the trick is still on the market, but Ted Amberg used to sell a comedy effect called "Drill Through Coat" in which a power drill pierces the borrowed jacket. It's a very funny (and very deceptive) routine that I use in my adult comedy show with great success.
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Nov 14, 2007 12:25PM)
What I am saying is to bulk the effect out, maybe it needs showmanship not more magic...
Message: Posted by: mesmer (Nov 14, 2007 06:19PM)
On 2007-11-14 13:25, Matt Colman wrote:
What I am saying is to bulk the effect out, maybe it needs showmanship not more magic...

Now that's the purpose of this thread isn't it!...

Posted: Nov 14, 2007 7:34pm
Magic Rob.... thank you for the input.... the Drill trough coat is still on the market... but at this moment I'm working on a Knife Through Coat
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Nov 14, 2007 06:42PM)
Ok I'll toss a few food for thought ideas out!

Think of a conflict...you need his jacket, how are you going to get it...how can you make getting his jacket off him funny..create a scenario where you need to borrow his jacket. Maybe one idea...do a short thumb cuff routine, using his jacket as cover...put his thumbs in the cuffs as his and your hands are under the jacket and ask him to sit down as you steal/use his jacket.

Why are going to be putting a knife through? Think of situational gags he's tied up, you've got his jacket. Maybe borrow a bill from his wallet while he's tied up. I can't think of an alternative premise yet than...look I'm gonna put it through ya jacket sucka!

I'll think.

M:C the Cowman. J:M cowboy
Message: Posted by: Corona Smith (Nov 14, 2007 06:46PM)
Perhaps the jacket is ill fitting, you used to do a bit of tailoring and you will make a few sartorial adjustments, for free.
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Nov 14, 2007 07:32PM)
Message: Posted by: mesmer (Nov 14, 2007 09:26PM)
Thank You for the ideas gentlemen.......

Here is my motivation.......

I'll plan to add the knife thru coat routine in my 3rd phase of pickpocket act

I'll tell a story that some pickpocket dare to cut or slice the pocket or bag of his victim to take their personal belongings....to do that in a crowded places, the pickpocket must be able to slice trough the ''Target'' pocket wiithout looking....so let me illustrate that

I'll borrow the jacket....i'll comment about how nice the jacket is....ask them where he stole the jacket....because there is a security tag still attach to the jacket.......i check the jacket pocket only to find lots of spoon and other cutlery.....then I show them the knife.....i show them a canvas sheet with the target practice printed on it....then I stab the knife thru the coat but miss the target....in this point I continue on with the knife thru coat routine...

I might end this with the missing spades by producing a shovel from the jacket....and blame it on them of stealing a shovel from someplace

Soooooo...........back to my original post.....

Any FUNNY IDEAS OR VISUAL GAG that you guys might contribute to this routine???

Message: Posted by: Thomas Wayne (Nov 14, 2007 10:39PM)
How about this:

Pull a fork (or forks) out of the coat; drop on the floor as you say: "That's not a knife..."

Pull a spoon (or spoons) out of the coat, saying: "That's not a knife..."

Pull a dinner knife out of the coat, saying: "[i]That's[i/] not a knife...", then reach behind your own coat and pull a very large knife out of the back of your belt, saying (perhaps in your best 'Crocodile Dundie' accent): "Now [b]THAT'S[/b] a knife!"

Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Nov 15, 2007 06:04AM)
When Matt was talking about motivation for putting the knife through the jacket I started thinking about the priest from Father Ted who destroys everything to prove how shoddy the workmanship is. It is a very character driven premiss but maybe something could be gleaned from it.

Message: Posted by: mesmer (Nov 15, 2007 08:39AM)

thank you for writing......

that's funny.....then it will be cool to end the routine by producing the shovel using missing spades while saying

''...hmmm I wonder what else that you carry in here...''

Any more Funny ideas gentlemen???

And george....I think your idea with the priest character is out of place from minr...thanx for writing
Message: Posted by: mesmer (Nov 17, 2007 11:47AM)
So...anyone can add more ideas on this?

Message: Posted by: Payne (Nov 20, 2007 03:57PM)
On 2007-11-13 19:59, Matt Colman wrote:

Nothing can be funny.


And here I thought Nothing was Sacred
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (May 21, 2008 08:49AM)
Matt or Rupert wrote
"Nothing can be funny."

I'd agree, quite often nothing is funny.

Message: Posted by: Ian Keable (May 30, 2008 05:40PM)
Check out (the much missed) Bob Read's Knife Through Coat routine which he sold as a separate manuscript in 1991. He's got some great gags: for instance where he pulls out part of the lining; he uses a bulldog clip to put on the guy's coat so he can't see the 'tear'; pretends he's brushing down the victim's coat when in fact he's brushing his.
Message: Posted by: NJJ (May 30, 2008 08:27PM)
I remember a great final gag where the magician puts a large sticker over the 'hole' and then has the spectator put the jacket on. He then removes the sticker showing the jacket is OK.

The spectator pulls off the jacket as quick as possible to check the jacket which gets a huge laugh.

The magician, whose name I forget, actually cues the spectator to take off the jacket, whispering under his breath. It looks impromptu but it ain't!
Message: Posted by: Chad Sanborn (Jul 22, 2008 09:48AM)
Putting a knife through someones coat has its own built in humor and suspense. I would make sure you play up those points with great facial contortions and grimaces.

Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jul 22, 2008 09:56PM)
Here are some lines you can use after it seems like you made a mistake:

"I don't know what to do next, I never got this far before."
"It's hard when you're coming off drugs."
"Oh no. The drugs are starting to take effect."
Message: Posted by: wally (Jul 25, 2008 04:31AM)
Who makes the best knife through coat for stage comedy. pm me please. thanks
Message: Posted by: RickVancouver (Jul 25, 2008 01:26PM)

To go along with your pickpocket routine & how you mention they use knives to cut the material, etc, you could "remove" a dinner knife from their pocket and comment, [i]"Looks like someone's already tried this on you"[/i].

You then remove a fork and a spoon and say, [i]"Hmm, looks like you've been doing a little pickpocketing yourself sir"[/i].

Rick Mearns
Message: Posted by: Jarod (Feb 1, 2009 03:42AM)
check out Wayne Dobson's routine of "Knife Trough Coat". That is my favorite version. He has a nice plot around it and is also doin' some Ventriloquism.

So funny and easy to adapt!