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Magicray80
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Any good one liners as openers. Also I'm having trouble tring to find a few one liner or fill in for cardiographic will I'm drawing thier card. Any ideas....
"And What Not!!!" paisa23 you know what i mean.
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Magicry80,
I figure the first thing you say and the first thing you do are VITALLY important, and are largely responsible for introducing & developing your on-stage persona. Therefore, I'm thinking we need to know about your act and your persona so that we can feed you appropriate stuff!

Looking forward to hearing about you!
Dan.
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I do a lot comedy magic for all types of shows. I do mostly kid shows and been working a lot on my adults shows. For my adult show I've been slowly taking out my magic and working more on my stand-up. But the reason for my post is I've been getting a lot of repeat customers and I'm running out of ideas. For both kid shows and adults shows!

Here are a few things I do:

Mc Comicable prediction
Cardiographic
Card in orange
Nesting boxes
Pro Viper 2
Comedy split deck
Comedy rope escape
Rope thru body
Knife thru coat
Paper balls over the head
Ultamite dancing hank
Vanishing bandana

I need HELP!

Ray
"And What Not!!!" paisa23 you know what i mean.
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Ok I was walking down the street the other day and a guy came up to me and he said "Excuse me but are you a sculptor?" I told the guy I'm not a sculptor but I've been told I'm a great chiseler.
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Sleight of Mouth by Harry Allen is a good source for one-liners. Aldo Colombini also has 3 books (booklets?) on the subject. I've not read Aldo's books, but having seen him perform, I would imagine them to be wonderful.

Kevin
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I would look at stand-up comedians, change their lines to suit you and your act...

Steven Wright- check him out!
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Be you, canned oneliners are well canned and chances are someone else has already opened that can of cheese.

Sit and think a bit I'm sure you can come up with some orriginals
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On 2005-02-27 04:52, Ilan wrote:
I would look at stand-up comedians, change their lines to suit you and your act...



Pass on that advice!
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On 2005-02-04 03:31, Comedy and then the magic wrote:
I played golf the other day, I hit a beautiful set of balls, I stepped on a rake.


Only good ball I hit all day.
I got a hole in one.....the other was black and blue!!!!!!!!
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For a heckler. "Thanks very much for interrupting me at my climax, I'll try to return the favour one day, but unlike myself I'm sure you will be on your own".
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Aldo Colombini's has three gag booklets (Make Em Laugh, Funny Stuff, LOL (Laughing Out Loud)). They all contain very good one-liner, gags, and observations that can be easily adapted to various situations. You can probably otain them through his web site http://www.mammamiamagic.com.
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When youve drawn the outline of the card say "have I got it right so far" and then turn it round to the audience.

ollie
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On 2005-02-27 04:52, Ilan wrote:
I would look at stand-up comedians, change their lines to suit you and your act...


With all due respect, as I don't know your intent, I've worked with hundreds of standups comics and I'd guess just about every one of them would read your post and think, "he better not do that to my act" meaning, they would intrepret as it as theivery.

Again, I don't know you or your intent, and I'm more than familiar with how easy it is to misinterpret a post, but the last thing I'd want is someone "looking at my act, and changing the lines to suit them" -- whatever that means.

Respectfully,

DD
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Daniel Faith
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Also, you might want to try doing a search. There are numerous threads on one liners.
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On 2005-03-07 18:55, Doc Dixon wrote:
Quote:
On 2005-02-27 04:52, Ilan wrote:
I would look at stand-up comedians, change their lines to suit you and your act...


With all due respect, as I don't know your intent, I've worked with hundreds of standups comics and I'd guess just about every one of them would read your post and think, "he better not do that to my act" meaning, they would intrepret as it as theivery.

Again, I don't know you or your intent, and I'm more than familiar with how easy it is to misinterpret a post, but the last thing I'd want is someone "looking at my act, and changing the lines to suit them" -- whatever that means.

Respectfully,

DD


He quoted Steve Wright as saying "I would look at stand-up comedians, change their lines to suit you and your act... "
I think that changing lines to suit your own act is a perfectly legitimate practise. Don't we change tricks to suit ourselves. As long as it's not a blatant copy where's the problem. Nothing wrong with standing on the shoulders of giants, ask Isaac Newton.
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I'm not sure if he was quoting Steven Wright, or offering him as a source of material, hence the phrase "check him out".

Re: this comment --
"I think that changing lines to suit your own act is a perfectly legitimate practise. Don't we change tricks to suit ourselves. As long as it's not a blatant copy where's the problem."

There is a HUGE difference between changing a trick which was PURCHASED (or is in the public domain) and slightly changing a line from someone's act which was never even offered for sale.

I'm not typing this to "preach" to anyone. My intent is just to tell you how every stand up comic that I've ever worked with (and there are 100s) would feel about this issue.

Just my 2 cents.

Respectfully,

DD
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Now you can prove it!”
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Jokes are also in the public domain. Very few comedians actually tell their own jokes now a days. They just "revamp" old material and make it fresh. So if using a changed joke, your likely to be doing the same as the person who you heard it form.
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On 2005-03-28 13:20, walsall wrote:
Jokes are also in the public domain. Very few comedians actually tell their own jokes now a days. They just "revamp" old material and make it fresh. So if using a changed joke, your likely to be doing the same as the person who you heard it form.
Nick


Not to beat a dead horse (an idiom which I hope translates worldwide) but this is far, far from my experience. True, at times certain topics -- OJ, Lewinsky, Bobbitt, will dominate -- but the specific jokes are considered proprietary. Comics that steal material are generally held in DEEP loathing.

I guess the issue centers around the definition of the word "revamp". Unfortunately, in real life "revamp" often just becomes "repeat".

Respectfully,

DD
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Now you can prove it!”
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Doc -
Preach away brother Dixon ! The widespread idea among magicians that jokes are 'public domain' is absolutely ludicrous. Steve Wright worked long and hard to create his act and the idea that beginning performers would 'nick' random lines without guilt or credit is shameful.

People! Take a moment and think... Where does all this 'public domain' material come from? Are there people out there writing funny stuff just for the rest of us to use? Not likely... All those 'hack' jokes that people use are just jokes that have been so often stolen, so misused that now no one can remember who they were stolen from originally. But trust me, whoever wrote it never intended to 'share' it with every SYM member and weekend warrior who carries an invisible deck and a TT.

One of the reasons magicians are mocked by the rest of the entertainment world is because far too many of use are doing THE SAME MATERIAL, with the same tired jokes.

I know what some of you are thinking: How can I write jokes, writing my own jokes is too hard! It's supposed to be hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it (this itself is a paraphrase from a great speech from "A League of their Own").

So Magicray80, do yourself and favor, and if you don't have a B show, just don't do the show! Or do the show and don't worry about having a 'zinger' every 20 seconds. The beauty of doing magic is that if you keep yourself awake, comedy WILL happen pretty naturally.Especially when you choose good Magic routines like the one's you've selected; They have good comic moments built right in.

A little struggle in each show is how we get better. And that is after 18 years of struggling as a performer.

Best of Luck,

Peter Gross
http://www.funnymagic.com


PS Ziatro, my best advice is to stay clear of "heckler" lines, especially ones that refer to masturbation. Lines like this are a bit like poorly made hand guns:
They are just as likely to damage the user as the one they are aimed at.
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