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Topic: Hello Sucker! by Harry Anderson
Message: Posted by: dynamiteassasin (Aug 29, 2004 11:05PM)
Just a quick question.

I want to buy it but I don't really know the content.

Is it performance only? or it also has tutuorials?
Message: Posted by: Review King (Aug 29, 2004 11:35PM)
Performance only. If you like Harry, you'll see him perform things he's known for.
Message: Posted by: Turk (Aug 29, 2004 11:38PM)
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On 2004-08-30 00:35, MagicChris wrote:
Performance only. If you like Harry, you'll see him perform things he's known for.
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Chris,

Is this the Harry Anderson TV Special where he had the "sucker" sitting on the beach in a deck chair and he also had the guy inside where he did the 3 shell game on him, etc?

Mike
Message: Posted by: Bball5630 (Aug 29, 2004 11:49PM)
Yep, it's his nightclub act. It's been on TV. He performes Needle through the arm, his monte, and a few other comedy magic routines. It also has scenes with bar gags and the John Larroquete beach scenes.
Message: Posted by: shomemagic (Aug 30, 2004 06:09AM)
I looked at it again the other day and noticed one of the spectators he used was Mike Caveney! At the time I didn't know Mike Caveney and I really felt sorry for the him as Harry was giving him a hard time!
Great video!
Message: Posted by: Review King (Aug 30, 2004 06:28AM)
Also, John Laroquette ( his night court buddy ) is in it.
Message: Posted by: shomemagic (Aug 30, 2004 06:38AM)
NO Explanation but fun to watch..he does do needle thru arm and buffalo bill and cufflinks.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Aug 30, 2004 08:33AM)
Dynamite,

Harry is a funny and wise guy. He is also a top performer and magician. Im sure you will enjoy his video as much as I have.
If you want explanations of the tricks he perform, you can buy his book WISE GUY, written by Mike Caveney.
Also be sure to visit Harry's website:
http://home.twcny.rr.com/kotzin/harryfanpage.htm
Message: Posted by: pikacrd (Sep 1, 2004 06:06PM)
It was a fun video to watch. I found it useful as I have been getting into the three shell game and it was nice to see a performance piece even if it was just to music. Fun to watch
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Sep 1, 2004 07:51PM)
It's a tape of a Showtime special that Harry did years ago, when Night Court was just getting started.

Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, and Turk Pipkin are in it. They all play "regular" people, although Turk plays the guy that Harry rips off.

One way to make sure you have good spectator reactions is to select your friends! Then they laugh and go along with the show, instead of being embarrassed.
Message: Posted by: EggMan (Aug 19, 2006 12:37PM)
Hi,

Harry Anderson rocks. His comedic timing is flawless, his effects are creative and entertaining. This is a man whom I look at (among others) as an inspiration to come up with creative, funny and entertainin routines.

By the way, does anyone know what the title of his opening music is? Its some Big Band thing that's really him.
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Aug 19, 2006 02:50PM)
The title of his opening song is "In the Mood."
Message: Posted by: CinChiller (Aug 20, 2006 03:46PM)
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On 2006-08-19 15:50, Doug Arden wrote:
The title of his opening song is "In the Mood."
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In the Mood By Glenn Miller
Message: Posted by: God-glorified (Aug 20, 2006 08:24PM)
This has to be one of if not my favorite videos, Harry is (to me) the best comedy magician) because he has taught me a lot about comedy magic yet has such a style that is NOT possible to copy.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Aug 20, 2006 08:39PM)
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On 2006-08-20 21:24, God-glorified wrote:
This has to be one of if not my favorite videos, Harry is (to me) the best comedy magician) because he has taught me a lot about comedy magic yet has such a style that is NOT possible to copy.
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Ditto!
Message: Posted by: henreco (Aug 22, 2006 06:12PM)
I wish it was on dvd.
Message: Posted by: magicjack1977 (Sep 3, 2006 10:45AM)
It's performance only, but it is still great to watch. I found it very entertaining, regardless of the fact that it was over 20 years old.

He has a three card monte routine with giant cards called "monarch monte" that is a blast.
Message: Posted by: SoundWave (Sep 5, 2006 10:26AM)
Watching a seasoned performer like Harry will garnish troves of information. I laughed and enjoyed every second.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Sep 7, 2006 02:56AM)
I agree. A great video.
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Sep 7, 2006 03:40AM)
Bill Maher interviews Harry Anderson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2A-rSWIOmk
Message: Posted by: Barrett_James (Nov 11, 2006 12:34AM)
Have checked Best Buy, IMDB, Circuit City, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and a multitude of online shops. Anyone got a source for actually purchasing the VHS? Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Barrett James
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Nov 11, 2006 10:24PM)
Kjellstrom,

Great video of Harry Anderson. I didn't realize he was moving to Ashville NC.
I wonder if he will open a magic shop like he had in New Orleans?

Mike
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Nov 12, 2006 10:33AM)
Along with "Hello, Sucker", does anyone else have the TV special Harry had during the run of "Dave's World"? It's along the same lines as HS, but cleaner (of course, it was network) and funnier. The cast of the show was featured, and Jay Johnson was also a featured performer with Darwin the monkey. It's worth it to see Harry do the Jumbo Card on Seat (straight from Collector's Workshop) and cups and balls...although his final loads are a little obvious. I think this special only aired once. There was also a "return visit" to Owen's Magic included on the show...VERY funny stuff! That also needs to be made available on DVD.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Nov 12, 2006 04:13PM)
The only place to get the video of Harry's Showtime special is from Meir Yedid.
http://www.mymagic.com/anderson.htm

He's out of stock right now, but you should check with the other magic dealers out there, someone's probably got a copy.
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Nov 12, 2006 04:49PM)
If it's just "Hello Sucker" you're looking for, check ebay...there's usually one up there for sale. Use "Harry Anderson" in your search, and you'll probably come up with one or two.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Nov 14, 2006 11:09PM)
Hey SteveThomas!

I was lucky enough to buy my copy from Harry himself before he left New Orleans...

Then I got to see him perform a few of his old bits at Oswalds on Tuesday or "Magician's Night".

Harry is, without a doubt, a one of a kind performer!

What I like most about Harry comes from something he said that Tuesday night:

[i]Paraphrased in reference to material being stolen...He also talks about this in his book, "Wise Guy"[/i]

"...I don't care how much of my material you steal...Take it all...You taking my material tells me that it's good stuff! No matter how many tricks you take from me I know one thing....You can never [b]be[/b] me...So, I'm not worried..."

That, friends and neighbors, is self-confidence and the solid knowledge that you are unique, without being egotistical about it.

Harry is a legend that will never be topped.

Prof. Piper
(Terry)
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Nov 15, 2006 05:10PM)
Just came to my (old) mind...the CBS special was called either "Tricks of the Trade" or "Tricks of My Trade". Fantastic TV special, loaded with wonderful material and cameos. John Ritter was on the show, too. This ran during the middle of the "Dave's World" run. If you can find this special, it's worth the search.

Piper...why haven't you been back here for a visit? Better get here before I sell off all the good magic that's decorating my Studio!

Steve
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Nov 15, 2006 09:55PM)
Hey!!!

WHOA BIG FELLA!!!

No selling of neat ****e without prior notice given to your future fire-eating teacher!!

Plus, Monday is my BIRTHDAY, whattcha got???

And the last time we chatted, it was YOU who was gonna visit ME!

Remember?

Prof. Piper
(Terry)
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Jul 25, 2007 11:11AM)
You can find and get Hello sucker to magic video archives.
Message: Posted by: Mr Amazeo (Jul 29, 2007 09:41PM)
I could be wrong about this, but there's a guy on Ebay selling what apprear to be pirate copies of this video. He puts a new one up for auction about every week or so. The current one is item number 160141333786. The sellers name is: 1goodalterboy . I just find it curious that he would have so many originals for sale. Maybe I'm wrong.
Message: Posted by: TV Magic Pal (Aug 1, 2007 01:34AM)
The Magic Video Archives copy, and apparently all of the other MVA offerings, are pirated. "Hello Sucker" is not available on DVD nor would it be bundled with the other programs found on "Disc 69."
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Sep 30, 2008 08:58PM)
I picked up a copy of Hello Sucker on VHS from a dealer at a magic convention earlier this year (most video/DVD dealers tend to have a copy lying around). Harry was selling copies of his specials on DVD at SEAM in Atlanta (not official releases, but authorized bootlegs). So, if you can get in contact with him, you can pick them up on DVD from the man himself, hell, he'll probably even sign them for you.
Message: Posted by: Nerdini (Sep 30, 2008 11:15PM)
I also have a one of the original Hello Sucker tapes and still watch it from time to time. It's a shame they have not transferred this tape to DVD for a newer generation.

What is a bigger shame is that I recorded almost every TV appearance that Harry ever made on VHS, including his many guest shots on Saturday Night Live, Cheers, and Johnny Carson----plus all of his specials, but over the years they have degenerated to a point as to be almost unwatchable.

There is one clip from Saturday Night Live, I believe, where he is doing a straight jacket escape in a race against his wife who is doing the 100 ft rope tie escape from a chair. When she starts getting ahead he keeps kicking her chair over. She wins anyway, but the physical and verbal byplay by Harry is absolutely hysterical. This gem and several other great routines of his are not on the Hello Sucker tape.

I wish someone would just make a DVD compilation all his Saturday night live appearances like ones they did using Belushi or Akroyd skits. If so, one would have just about all his best routines. I know I would certainly purchase a copy and I bet just about every Harry Anderson magic fan would too.

Cheers
Message: Posted by: manal (Oct 1, 2008 09:34AM)
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I wish someone would just make a DVD compilation all his Saturday night live appearances like ones they did using Belushi or Akroyd skits. If so, one would have just about all his best routines. I know I would certainly purchase a copy and I bet just about every Harry Anderson magic fan would too.

Cheers
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Me too!
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Oct 1, 2008 09:51AM)
Lots of those clips are available on YouTube. Certainly someone, with a little effort, could create a compilation themselves. Granted this treads on copyright infringement, but as long as you're not selling it, you should be okay.
Message: Posted by: manal (Oct 2, 2008 09:54AM)
I just did a youtube search and there are suprisingly few videos.
I most want to see the SNL clip with the Guinea Pig box ,but no luck finding it.
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Oct 5, 2008 06:57PM)
This is the closest thing I could find

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/84/84mmono.phtml
Message: Posted by: Nerdini (Oct 6, 2008 12:36AM)
Man, I remember that night and how outrageously funny it was.

In Caveney's book about Harry (Wiseguy) he states that:

Right after Harry supposedly stuffed Skippy into his mouth, the switchboards at NBC lit up like a Christmas Tree. Animal rights nuts across the country were up in arms, so the producers asked Harry to have Skippy reappear during the closing "thank yous".

Harry took this opportunity to look straight into the camera and say: "I've been asked to comment on the fate of poor Skippy whom you all met in the prologue. Well, all I can say is that when it comes to nutrition, nothing beats Skippy"

Skippy finally did make an appearance, but it was too late--a million more phones were being dialed.

Funny, funny stuff!
Message: Posted by: jbadman (Oct 6, 2008 08:04AM)
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On 2008-10-01 10:51, Josh Chaikin wrote:
Lots of those clips are available on YouTube. Certainly someone, with a little effort, could create a compilation themselves. Granted this treads on copyright infringement, but as long as you're not selling it, you should be okay.
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Hey that never stopped Harry so I doubt he'd complain ;-)
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Oct 6, 2008 06:43PM)
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On 2008-10-01 10:51, Josh Chaikin wrote:
Lots of those clips are available on YouTube. Certainly someone, with a little effort, could create a compilation themselves. Granted this treads on copyright infringement, but as long as you're not selling it, you should be okay.
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The fact that they're on YouTube itself breaches on copyright.
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Oct 7, 2008 12:19AM)
I understand that, I have taken a few courses on copyright law. All I'm saying is, if you want a compilation DVD and can find the clips, make it yourself, just don't make money off it. (I've only found two myself).

I guess my point is, if nobody is making, or trying to make a profit off of the media that they hold, no harm is being done to them if someone does something like I mentioned. Hell, I have old TV shows and specials on VHS that I recorded off TV that I'm converting over to DVD. It was copyright infringement for me to record off TV in the first place, and converting it is just as wrong. I view it the same way. (Note, what I have recorded is not commercially available, and when and if it is, I will certainly buy it, and have done so in the past).

But this is really getting off topic now.
Message: Posted by: manal (Oct 9, 2008 08:39AM)
Does Harry Anderson ever visit The Café?
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Oct 9, 2008 12:48PM)
I doubt it.
Message: Posted by: manal (Oct 9, 2008 09:56PM)
Has he outgrown the magic geek stage? :)
Message: Posted by: Merenkov (Oct 13, 2008 12:33PM)
Funny how conversations on internet message boards sometimes stretch over years. Both of the Harry specials (that sounds weird) mentioned in this thread are available on dvd (at least they were a few months ago). Tricks of His Trade can be found at Owens Magic Supreme. Hello Sucker! can be found at the Magic Central Magic Shop in Asheville.
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Oct 13, 2008 01:50PM)
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On 2008-10-13 13:33, Merenkov wrote:
Funny how conversations on internet message boards sometimes stretch over years. Both of the Harry specials (that sounds weird) mentioned in this thread are available on dvd (at least they were a few months ago). Tricks of His Trade can be found at Owens Magic Supreme. Hello Sucker! can be found at the Magic Central Magic Shop in Asheville.
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Thanks very much!
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Oct 28, 2008 05:45PM)
A postscript: I ordered "Hello Sucker" from Magic Central a couple of weeks ago. The signed (by Harry Anderson) and numbered DVD arrived last weekend, and I watched it on Monday night...and again last night as well. Good times!

Thanks again to Merenkov for the tip.
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Jul 21, 2019 09:46AM)
A post-post-script: This fabulous performance is now in several places on YouTube for the world to see:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=JlthbJTv39U

[youtube]JlthbJTv39U[/youtube]