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Hi - I'm doing some comparing soon and would like to do a little sketch which involves a mock story about a long lost uncle (who taught me my first magic trick) and within this story I need some short gags to keep it rolling -
you know the stuff:
I never forget what he used to say to me - "there are 3 types of people in this world - those who can count, and those who can't"
or
I ran to his house, knocked 3 times and my uncle answered the door in his pyjamas - and I thought; what a funny place to put a door!

ok - if you have any gems that you'd like to share let me thank you in advance

chris
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Any more?
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If you're in England, I'd suggest you listen to "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" on BBC 7 - not to steal their jokes, but because the style of humour would fit in tremendously well with the sort of material you are proposing. I find that listening to / reading as much comedy as possible helps me when I try to work out stuff for my own routine. But, please, don't fall back on jokes you've heard from other comedians- try and write your own material; you may fall flat on your back, but, at least you'd fallen haven tried to make your own mark- there's nothing worse than listening to a comedian / any entertainer tell a joke which you know has come from someone else.

(Sure, it raises issues of "who created it first" and "well, they might have come up with it independently", but, as a case in point, I listened to a comedian a couple of months back, and it sounded, in my opinion, as if he had seen a Jimmy Carr show on TV and borrowed a few lines - the gags (content, structure, timing) were almost identical, and just made me wonder for the rest of his routine whether he was making me laugh, or he was using other people's material to make me laugh.)
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Why, as magicians, are we content in doing "hack" material? Why not write some jokes of your own instead of asking for a collection of jokes that have been told by 2,000 mouths before your own?
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On 2006-06-11 22:28, MichaelKent wrote:
Why, as magicians, are we content in doing "hack" material? Why not write some jokes of your own instead of asking for a collection of jokes that have been told by 2,000 mouths before your own?


... OK, then what are some of yours? heh,heh

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Hahaha. good one john!

mine are stolen out of joke books and email forwards.
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Michael kent - do you perform your own orginal magical effects or do you make them up your self?
entertainers are judged on how they perform the material not whether or not the material has been performed already.

magicians perform many a trick that other magicians have performed already - dancers perform many standard dance steps that the audience may well have already seen before - but its not what you do its the was that you do it.

so - lets remember what I originally asked for - have you got any lines?
lets remember what I didn't ask for - the same old "why don't you come up with your own material" debate.
maybe start another thread in the 'who gives a toss' forum about perfromers and their original material.

all the best
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On 2006-06-15 17:51, trickychris wrote:
entertainers are judged on how they perform the material not whether or not the material has been performed already.


ok then, go into a comedy club and perform Eddie Izzards set. See how you get treated. We should hold the same standards in magic. That's all I'm saying.
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Eddie izzard is a one off - and not everybody's cup of tea - although he is one of my fav. comedians. no one could perform his material. the same could be applied to tommy cooper and other individulists.
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so - lets remember what I originally asked for - have you got any lines?
lets remember what I didn't ask for - the same old "why don't you come up with your own material" debate.
maybe start another thread in the 'who gives a toss' forum about perfromers and their original material.

Let's also remember that some of the best advice doesn't seem to directly answer one's questions, but actually turns out to be better.

A trick is a way of accomplishing an effect; the routine and the presentation are what makes it magic. Otherwise, you be seen shoving a silk into a t***b t*p, putting it onto your t***b and then accouncing it has disappeared- no magic. Dress it up, and you have magic. As such, if anything, having your own presentation is more important than avoiding the use of "stock" props, in my opinion.

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Eddie izzard is a one off - and not everybody's cup of tea - although he is one of my fav. comedians. no one could perform his material.

Agreed- and no-one should. If he's spent the time developing his act, why should someone take his material because they don't want to spend the time, energy and research in writing their own? Copyright issues aside, why would you want to use someone else's material? You're being paid to entertain, not to copy someone else's entertainment.
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Anyway - get off this thread and add lines if you have them.
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Here's an original of mine you may use. My Uncle was a quarter Irish, quarter Sweedish, and a fifth Scotch on weekends.... Always get a good laugh. ( in my show I use Grandpa)
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Anyway - get off this thread and add lines if you have them.

Thanks, but, I'll stick around- after all, someone may read the advice given in this thread, and come up with some brilliant new material with which to entertain us in future. "Your" jokes will take some thinking and some polishing, but, that's no different to your magic. As Barbara Castle MP once said: "Think, think, think. It will hurt like hell at first, but you'll get used to it".

If you're dead set on cribbing someone else's material, why not just go through some joke books, or look at the many hundreds of websites containing jokes?
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"Thanks, but, I'll stick around- after all, someone may read the advice given in this thread, and come up with some brilliant new material with which to entertain us in future"

so your waiting round for some ideas - just like I am...
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so your waiting round for some ideas - just like I am...

Just to ensure that people appreciate the value of creating their own jokes- ideas are one thing, but "jokes on a plate" are a different kettle of fish, in my book Smile
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