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2007 is almost up. Which comedy tricks are leading to be the funniest so far?
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I guess it all depends upon who's performing them. The first time I saw Professor Cheer's Comedy Rope Trick, the audience almost split a gut laughing. When I tried to do it, I had to pass out NoDoze just to keep the audience awake.
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Jakeg... I've seen that rope routine about 4 or 5 times performed by different people and I've only ever seen it crash and burn. In fact that is too interesting a description of what I've seen it's bought the audience to a numbing grinding halt. As a consequence I find it difficult to even imagine it being funny.

But I'm sure there's someone out there getting belly laughs with it.

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Jakeg, yes performing them is important, but I'm just speaking in general.

My funniest two so far for this year is Comedy Card Babies and Fiber Optic.
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Dunamike - The problem is that, even general, in is dangerous to assign funniness to tricks rather than people

For example, the funniest magic tricks I have seen this year were Ray Crowe's zombie routine, Bloom performer intercessor and a dove production act that was, sadly, not supposed to be funny.

Each of these had me wetting my pants in laughter, not because of the trick, but because of the performer.
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I'm afraid I'm another one who has to go off topic to answer and agree with the above. The trouble with comedy tricks is the more comedy in the effect the less the performer has to put in so the funniest tricks tend to be the ones with the least comedy potential as all the comedy then has to come from the performer.

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That said, I am very impressed with the work of Paul Romhany (Big Ten, Bearly Impossible etc. ). He is obviously a very creative, funny entertainer. It's just a pity that 99% of people who attempt the routines he has for sale will not do them justice.
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Mac King's Cloak of Invisibility still slays me, even after seeing it more than a dozen times.
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On 2007-10-21 21:16, photius wrote:
Mac King's Cloak of Invisibility still slays me, even after seeing it more than a dozen times.


Gotta second that one! Saw the Vegas show a couple months ago, Mac King rules.
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A third for Mac and his Cloak. I saw it . . . what, three-four years ago? And I'm still laughing.
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Yes, I agree too
Funny trick means nothing, the performer is funny not the trick.
Fiber optic for me is not funny, incredible yes but not funny.
I think it's easy in magic to have laugh, because astonishement does that.
Lot of magician think " wow I'm a funny guy, people laugh when I perform"
Sadly lot of magician are not funny at all.
try to be funny without magic and you'll be quickly fixed Smile
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Hey folks, forgot all this side talk. I am still waiting for someone to list the two thousands and seven funniest tricks. My vote is for Cubio as number 1454 and anything performered by Chris Angel as #1 (unintentionally).
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Although Professor Cheers Comedy Rope Trick is a very, very old routine (originally called "Rope Springs Eternal"), so I don't see how it can be "comedy trick of 2007", it astonishes me that anyone can do this routine and NOT get heaps of laughs! It's one of the funniest bits of business to finish off any rope routine. What did these performers do with the routine to bring the audience to a numbing grinding halt?
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The funniest trick of the year has to be the Cellulator, just out from wolf's Magic! Burn a kid's cellphone, priceless...
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On 2007-10-28 01:08, Potty the Pirate wrote:
Professor Cheers Comedy Rope Trick .....it astonishes me that anyone can do this routine and NOT get heaps of laughs! It's one of the funniest bits of business to finish off any rope routine. What did these performers do with the routine to bring the audience to a numbing grinding halt?


I assume these different performers chose this routine using the same thought process that could be ascribed to the initiation of this thread. ie; They thought it was a 'funny trick/routine' which meant that they either couldn't see any need on their part to add their own contribution to it (other than doing the moves), or assumed that the audience would find it so intrinsically funny that any embarrassing histrionics on their part would do.

As magicgeorge said " The trouble with comedy tricks is the more comedy [built into] the effect the less the performer has to put in..."

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My vote also goes to the Cellulator by Wolf's Magic!
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Check out the "Magic Lesson" in the new book/dvd Kingdom of the Red. A complete comedy routine which is similar in concept to the Vanishing Bandana. In this there is much more magic done and two great climaxes occur at the end. The main props are sponge balls and a hank box.

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I like Steve Bargatze's stage routines a lot. I've seen them millions of times, more recently at the 07 Unconventional Convention, but I still end up in stitches every time. And he's a very nice guy, since after this weekend, he's sort of taken me under his wing, making me realize that comedy and kids magic was the direction in which my magic was going after seeing me preform at the convention. While I'm talking about him, does anyone know his contact info, since he told me to send him a tape of my birthday party act he wanted me to develop, so he can further critique it.
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On the topic of Steven Bargatze, I've only met him once and he did a card trick that had me in tears it was so funny. I believe it's called This or That. It's full of "Who's on first" kind of humor. The funnies magic performance I've seen in the last year was John Carney's Mr. Mysto act. Baking a cake in a show had the audience in stitches.
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