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This is an idea I had for a comedy magic presentation. This is for an act, not an effect. I don't even know what effects would be in it! Your character is a send-up of that obnoxious older relative who feels compelled to "entertain" the family. He's corny and way out of date.

Could this work as a premise for an act or is this relative by now so passe that no one would even get it that you weren't the obnoxious loser you were portraying?
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Sounds like fun to me, if you can do the obnoxious part tongue in cheek. Not good of course when your audience really thinks you're obnoxious. I'd think the comedy bit could come from the tricks either failing or being blatantly obvious, but then suddenly succeeding or taking an unexpected turn, much to the surprise of said uncle. I'm thinking here for instance of how Tommy Cooper looked when one his tricks worked after all.
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Wouldn't that be most magicians now anyway?
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On 2008-02-25 06:37, Yannou wrote:
Sounds like fun to me, if you can do the obnoxious part tongue in cheek. Not good of course when your audience really thinks you're obnoxious. I'd think the comedy bit could come from the tricks either failing or being blatantly obvious, but then suddenly succeeding or taking an unexpected turn, much to the surprise of said uncle. I'm thinking here for instance of how Tommy Cooper looked when one his tricks worked after all.


You don't want your spectators to see you as an obnoxious person, so make sure everything is "tongue in cheek."

This can turn out to be an interesting character if done well. If you have some strong magic as a climax for the boring and obvious magic, this can be made to be very funny and entertaining.
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Got your nose!
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Maybe "he" cold do really BAD stuff and mess up a lot (of course)...but it ends up being a great effect at the end anyway....and "he's" as surprised as the spectators!? Just a thought.
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On 2008-03-06 14:31, ptigue wrote:
Got your nose!


Very good! I wonder if I could work a Whoopee Cushion and a Joy Buzzer into the act. Maybe one of those binoculars that blacken your eyes when you try to see the "dirty pictures." Or some soap that makes your hands dirtier. And of course, "Doggie Dood It."
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I could see this beig really funny and could certainly play comedy clubs as well. What if the notion of the character is that he does indeed think everyone in the audience is his realatives here for a huge family reunion. That could be hilarious.

His interactions with the people in the audience or audience helpers on stage could be so funny with that premise. Ok um Aunt Sue come on up here and help me show them alkl how this is really done. Hurry up.. you can get back to your knitting later geesh.

Would someone wake Uncle Bob up over there. I mean I don't fall asleep during his boring TV soccer games.

It is sooooo nice to be performing here tonight (pause) I did not realize so many of you would show up for the yearly family reunion.

Stuff like that could be really kind of funny as a way to extend the character.

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Sound really funny
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I think this is an excellent idea, as I have actually recently tried it at a couple of gigs.

It is also worthy of note that I did this prior to a small rove (10 mins) through the audience afterwards (People will probably ping me for performing like this prior to a rove). Whilst it certainly essential to maintain the tongue-in-cheek approach, it also gives the 'heckling' specs a taste of, not so much your 'scathing witt', but rather how you will deal with them. It's great cause people get a laugh, but are somewhat forewarned Smile If ya catch my drift...
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Kyle - that's funny!! If it were me, I'd certainly play him as a drunk, and a lecherous one at that. I know: it's a shorter journey to my character...
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Can he practice his bottom palming with his neices and nephews? LOL

I know.. bad joke. sorry but I just couldn't resist...
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Hi guys,

a friend of mine plays an irish drunk who happens to do magic...its really funny as he sways around trying to do the tricks, (which he does very well) and the magic happens almost by accident, much to the shock of the drunk/performer.


its a really great act.

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Sounds like a feller named "Cardini." However, he was not an "irish drunk" but a "high society drunk."
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Randy Wakeman has a presentation of the 21 card trick that plays on exactly that stereotype... Worth a look to see how one could raise expectations by introducing an effect as "uncle bob's old trick", and then turn those expectations around to great astonishment. You can see his performance here.

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Another cool thing is a Robert Benchley short, I think it was for MGM back in the day. He plays a fellow who buys a magic kit from a magic shop without really knowing how anything works. I will try and find the video after work.
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I already do this character. I perform as "Uncle Eddie" at theater festivals and burlesque shows...
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When I read this only ONE thing came to mind.

Watch the character of Keith Barret (Rob Brydon) - He would be a god basis for someone that is like an uncle, but very funny.

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