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Topic: Funeral Magic
Message: Posted by: Brad Sheppard (Aug 4, 2012 05:32PM)
I know this is wrong, but as a funeral director and magician I can only laugh!

Message: Posted by: DougTait (Aug 10, 2012 02:24AM)
During the Limbo Dance, the question is asked, "How low can you go?"

Well, now I know.
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Aug 10, 2012 12:55PM)
On 2012-08-10 03:24, DougTait wrote:
During the Limbo Dance, the question is asked, "How low can you go?"

Well, now I know.

This is IMHO lower than any Limbo dance can go. Many people will not be amused by this.

Message: Posted by: Vthegreatone (Aug 13, 2012 11:49AM)
Ehhh...got a little giggle out of me.
Message: Posted by: John McLaughlin (Aug 16, 2012 07:24PM)
Just retired from the AF and returned to my hometown after almost thirty years. When I left I was well-known for my magic. Since returning home I've been to two funerals and bumped into old friends. Each time they asked if I "was still into magic" and could I show them something. Naturally I declined but it was a very awkward situation.
Message: Posted by: Magic MarkR (Aug 22, 2012 11:38AM)
I am sorry to say, but I found the video hysterical. My father had a twisted sense of humor and it sort-of rubbed off. I already shot the video to some of my friends who I thought would find it funny. It is so wrong, yet so funny. Thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: Tamariz (Aug 27, 2012 07:06PM)
I don't get this.
Message: Posted by: Countage (Sep 6, 2012 07:30PM)
Bill Murray did a SNL skit where he did magic tricks at the funeral service. Very funny.
Message: Posted by: JonesingForTruth (Sep 7, 2012 02:27AM)
I have a somewhat different view on death that many I know... that aside... it's a funny spoof of how far infomercials can go to try and make the absurd seem like a good idea. :)
Message: Posted by: highcard (Sep 19, 2012 12:41PM)
I think the spoof is great. I don't think many would take it seriously and consider performing at a funeral, but then again, some people seem to have been born without the humor gene.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Sep 20, 2012 03:24AM)
I found this hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

What could possibly follow in its wake?
Message: Posted by: highcard (Sep 20, 2012 06:59PM)
On 2012-09-20 04:24, Preston68 wrote:
I found this hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

What could possibly follow in its wake?
[/quote]Now THAT is a real groaner, Preston! LOL! Definitely an excellent play on words, though, and I must admit that I'm a sucker for word play and puns in general.
Message: Posted by: Turk (Sep 20, 2012 09:23PM)
On 2012-08-10 03:24, DougTait wrote:
During the Limbo Dance, the question is asked, "How low can you go?"

Well, now I know.

Actually, the "How low can you go" question gets answered approximately one hour [i]after[/i] the performance...when the casket is buried 6 foot down. (badda-bim; badda-boom)

"Signed Prayer Card to Impossible Location" had me laughing out loud. Thank God that I wasn't drinking a Pepsi when I saw that.

"I have people calling me all the time wanting to know when the next funeral is. The place is packed; I use this as an up-sell." comment was so dead on. (Sorry, no pun intended) That up-sell mind-set is exactly what the funeral parlors do when the grieving party is so very vulnerable.

I found the entire video to be a brilliant bit of satire.

Brad, thanks for sharing this youTube link.


P.S. Who are the two main characters in this video? I know that I should know their names, but I don't.
Message: Posted by: gomerel (Sep 21, 2012 11:25AM)
I think it's a fantastic satire on the funeral industry and infomercials, both of which richly deserve to be satirized.
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Sep 22, 2012 08:34AM)
Great stuff. I loved the ever popular mouth coil.......
Message: Posted by: trancework (Oct 13, 2012 10:39PM)
On 2012-09-22 09:34, jugglestruck wrote:
Great stuff. I loved the ever popular mouth coil.......

Same here.
Message: Posted by: Ikswonilak (Oct 14, 2012 08:02PM)
Thanks for sharing. I thought it was great.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Oct 23, 2012 05:50PM)
On 2012-09-20 22:23, Turk wrote:
P.S. Who are the two main characters in this video? I know that I should know their names, but I don't.

I believe it was Rigor and Mortis
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Nov 22, 2012 07:52AM)
On 2012-09-19 13:41, highcard wrote:
I think the spoof is great. I don't think many would take it seriously

Spoof!!! I just ordered the DVD
Message: Posted by: flash90 (Nov 22, 2012 09:01AM)
Lol, I just signed up and this is the first post I read! I have a bit of a darker sense of humor and I loved it!
Message: Posted by: Stevie Tricker (Nov 22, 2012 07:57PM)
Yeah, this tickled me, thank you.

Great to see the cast enjoying themselves, at the girl of the left at 1 minute in is blatantly laughing not crying.

Surely this type of gig would be a great way to practice sawing someone in half?
Message: Posted by: Frankie (Nov 24, 2012 12:59PM)
Here is a (not so good) Dutch version: [url]http://youtu.be/VaBu71Ze1FM[/url]...
Message: Posted by: Royce W. (Nov 25, 2012 06:56PM)
As a pastor in Arizona and having to do funerals, I can truthfully tell you I found this to be............................. totally hilarious, thank you for the great laugh.
Message: Posted by: robinsonm (Nov 26, 2012 11:05AM)
Wow this was great. Wish I would have thought of it : )
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Dec 8, 2012 10:32AM)
Message: Posted by: bowers (Dec 9, 2012 11:57AM)
Like the funeral director said
when buisness is dead were booming...
Message: Posted by: Jesse Davis (Jan 1, 2013 06:32PM)
I thought this video was hilarious! Any fans of Arrested Development out there? There's a hilarious scene of Gob doing magic at his fathers funeral. Also, Human Giant did a similar thing. Both are hilarious and I imagine are easily found on youtube.
Message: Posted by: Tukaram (Jan 7, 2013 05:18PM)
The rigor mortise thimbles just about killed me! Too funny. Thanks for the laugh (^_^)
Message: Posted by: CGillusionist (Jan 10, 2013 07:16PM)
Message: Posted by: CGillusionist (Jan 10, 2013 07:21PM)
That is so wrong xD hahahahahaha
Message: Posted by: CGillusionist (Jan 10, 2013 07:22PM)
That's crazy!!!!.............so crazy it just might work!
Message: Posted by: montygoodrum (Jan 12, 2013 10:37PM)
I have to admit..this is pretty funny!
Message: Posted by: StealthySandwich (Jan 15, 2013 04:00AM)
Wow... it was such poor taste that I really got a kick out of it. I absolutely love warped humor.
Message: Posted by: Gord (Jan 28, 2013 02:16AM)
Message: Posted by: conjurormatt (Feb 18, 2013 02:09PM)
It's definitely dark comedy, but hilarious nonetheless. Additionally, those who know all the magician names thrown in will get even more of a kick. I wonder what Steve thinks of this?

~Matt M.
Message: Posted by: Meat (Mar 1, 2013 01:23AM)
As someone who's wife was going to school to be a funeral director: this is precisely how funeral parlors are run. A family friend who passed away a few years ago had the most MORBID sense of humor and actually at one point stated at a dinner party many years back "Sure I am a really big guy, but I don't see why if we are going to embalm me whenever I die then why not make a paying gig out of it. We can hire a ventriloquist and bring in Copperfield to vanish me into my grave". This video instantaneously made me think of that guy from the opening "Magic at funerals?"
Message: Posted by: Daeld (Apr 17, 2013 08:21AM)
Sorry to bump up and oldish thread, but this is hilarious! (Both the OP and the Dutch version - I don't understand dutch, but you don't need to). I loved the levitation with the wreath ring in the dutch version.

Kinda made me think afterwards of those (many) times when I've worked a trick into a conversation, which on retrospect may not have been the best situation... :D
Message: Posted by: Loggerhead (Jul 8, 2013 12:50PM)
Too Funny...
Message: Posted by: B.W. McCarron (Jul 10, 2013 12:47AM)
I'm still smiling.
I'd love to have a magician at my funeral.
But I'm not in any hurry for it.
Message: Posted by: wnewhouse (Jul 13, 2013 07:22PM)
Just plain hilarious! Yes, funerals are sad times and emotionally heavy. And simply booking a magic act for a funeral (as if it were a birthday party) as shown in the spoof would be crassly inappropriate.

But I believe a funeral should celebrate the deceased's life and review the joy they brought to friends and family over the years. Particularly if the deceased was a magician, then I think some magic added to the event could actually be done quite appropriately and respectfully, rather than be perceived as irreverent. It could be one of the ways the friends remember what made this person so special to them.

When my son Will died at the age of 19, I included in the eulogy several funny stories about him. Even though the assembled mourners were crying much of the time, they laughed at the 'Will stories'. It reminded all of them how much Will made us laugh over the years, which is how he would want to be remembered. After the service, several people came up and told me funny 'Will stories' of their own. An appropriate magic component at some funerals (like mine, someday) would be the same kind of thing. I'll have to leave instructions for my family to make sure it happens. Thanks for posting this spoof video!!!
Message: Posted by: threadman77 (Jul 14, 2013 10:26PM)
I don't find this spoof very amusing.
Message: Posted by: Remarkable Marco (Sep 22, 2013 04:26AM)
Funny video!
Message: Posted by: Remarkable Marco (Sep 22, 2013 04:27AM)
Funny video!
Message: Posted by: borderjs (Nov 19, 2013 09:59PM)
I don't know about this one.
Message: Posted by: RajeshLGov (Jan 30, 2014 08:31AM)
I enjoyed the humour in both the videos, sorry if it offended anyone. Best wishes, Raj.
Message: Posted by: hankinsk (Feb 16, 2014 09:19PM)
That is funny. I almost died laughing.