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In trying to create something a bit different here that can hopefully be magic related and also peek interest and get people learning, I came up with something last night I thought might be interesting.

The rules are quiote simple really:
1) a person would post a question that is based on the notion of "what would you do?"
2) The question MUST be magic related so as to stay on topic and help more people.
3) once the person states the situation of what would you do, the next person must try and answre it seriously but in a way that shows good usage of comedy or comedy magic.
4) Then that person posts another "what would you do" question for the next person to answer

The idea here would then be to be serious about what you post, make sure it remains on topic by posting ONLY magic things and situations that have happened to you or could happen. Then we can post creative ideas and solutions to the problem.

I think this has the potential for being a bit more on the creative side and can learn from each others answers and solutions to the problems and situations posted.

Keep in mind it should remian magic related and your answer should really try to be a creative solution to the problem through the usage of good comedy or comedy magic.

Let me start:

You are on the stage and you have a helper come up to help you out. It is a family style show and when asked for the person's name, they begin to tell you their entire full name. (ex. Kyle Steven Peron).

So I ask what would you or could you do in a situation like this that could be comcical or magical or a bit of both. Be creative here with this, be realistic and stay with a magic related answer.

Hope this gets folks more engaged in an exercise that is a bit more focused towards comedy magic.

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You might laughingly say that all you needed was the first name - they should be a little more careful with their full name given the weaknesses of the government's witness protection program Smile


You ask for a !@#istant from the audience and you need them to differentiate colors for your routine. They announce they are colorblind. You now realize you should have made that point clear when you ask for the !@#istant - but you didn't and you don't want to ask them to just have a seat. What would you do?
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You could announce that people with weaknesses of one sense often compensate by being stronger in another. Therefore, your ask your volunteer to help 'translate' your words for those who may be hard of hearing by shouting out whatever you say (ala Garrett Morris in Saturday Night Live "Our top story tonight....) and then go on to choose another volunteer.

OK, here's a common scenario in close-up, the case of the forgotten card. Time for the big reveal/revelation to close a trick, you ask your spectator to name their selected card and they can't remember...
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This is an easy one. I always have them sign the card with a marker and/or show the card to the entire audience or another audience member. You can then use a lot of funny bits of business for this or for your reason for doing so. Mac King uses a funny line for this that goes, "Just sign the face......of the card.... you could sign your own face but you would look silly with a marker mustache." I use a line of "Show the card to all your friends......what I am not your frend?".

You are doing a show (family-style) and go to ask for a helper. As you get the helper on stage, you realize their younger brother has also come up to !@#ist as well. What do you do?
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"Oh I see you brought your protege"...(that's french for little brother)

The nose on your spring skunk flies off. (yes this did happen during a puppet workshop)

Vat would you do?

(Thanks for the new game)
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"This skunk used to smell really bad. Now he can't smell at all!"

In a party setting you choose a helper for your french arm chopper. Into the hole you guide her hand when you realize that you chose a black girl and the gag rubber hand you throw out after the "chop" is white/Caucasian. What would you do?

(This is how dumb I was 20 years ago - I did this very thing)
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1. Guess it was the Continuity Man's Day off
2. Got to hand it too her
3. Hide one of your hands..(if you are of that persuasion) somethings has gone wrong
4. Guess I did give at the office
5. If your caucasian and you know it clap this hand

The top blade of the big chopper is still visible along with the one at the bottom.
(yep back in the 70's)

What would you do?
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Good one. lol What I would do is chop the hand and pick up the fake white rubber hand and scream really loud. "AGHHHH AGHHHHH" as I wave it around. Then look at her and the hand and then the audience and go, "Ok It's not your hand so that is a good thing. PHEW!!!!!!!! It is only leftovers from the last show. Actually folks (puase) it's just a STAGE hand." Then toss it. Would get a laugh and save you at the same time.

You are doing a mind reading effect and get a man and woman up to !@#ist you with it. You ask their names and ask them if they know each other. They say yes and that they are married. Keep in mind you had no idea about this as you picked them randonly from the audience. What would you do or what COULD you do with this?
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Who knows really.....
Talk to them ask them questions and create comedy situations/make funny remarks from therein.
Presumably since you had no idea they where married they weren't sitting together. So they must've been married for some time... "You're not in the middle of a row are you? This could be the longest 10 minutes of my life. Unlike the longest 10 minutes of your life madame which was on your wedding night. Only joking! I meant 3 minutes." (Nah, I wouldn't use that!).

"They probably all ready now what each other are thinking". (Then ask them one of them will say something funny that you can play along with). Do you have kids? (more jokes and material). The comedy will be there you just have to ask for it rather than think it up. Wee buns.

Child shouts out "you're gay!". Ha ha. (I saw this happen to another magician and he said " I'll have to tell my wife" and acted flustered. Didn't really work. Happened to me once and I came up with a couple of corkers....didn't really work)

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I would laugh and say What, me gay?! Why, I'm not gay but the guy I'm !@#$%^& in the A** is!


You call on a person to come up and help with a trick. "Excuse me sir would you like to help with this next one? First a cold glaring stare followed by a sharp "I'M a WOMAN!" (could also work the other way, "miss"... Now what would you do?
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Since I work comedy clubs / adult shows, I'd say "Holy sh*t ma'am, it's time to shave. You're starting to look like one of those transtesticles"

After picking on the woman a little bit you ask her(him) to join you on stage. You are getting ready to do your card trick finale which involves a stacked/memorized deck. While walking up the stairs, you (the magician) trips and your stacked cards go flying everywhere.....
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Would anyone else like to shuffle the deck.

You make a comment about a person's braces (thinking suspenders) when there is a drop in the energy in the room and you realize the person has braces on his legs.

What would you do?
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"While I'm bracing myself for the backlash, let's wonder aloud what kind of guy decided to call suspenders 'braces'in the first place. After all, they don't exactly look as though they belong wrapped around somebody's teeth..."

Egg bag routine. Your fake egg breaks when a child handles it. Let's hear some lines to get out of it. For example "this trick wasn't what it was all cracked up to be!"
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Don't worry - it's not a real egg...and I'm not real good!
Lucky I didn't get you to hold the chicken!

The older brother or sister of a child keeps whispering to other kids his 'theories' on how the tricks are done.
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Ha, listen to big bro theorising away. Don't shout them out, write them all down on a piece of paper and I'll mark it after the show. What you should really be wondering is not how I'm doing this stuff but why I'm doing this stuff. I could've been an engineer, you know.

Someone shouts out "poo!"
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You might have the theorist up to assist you and totally blow his mind with your best effect. That might shut him up.

Or you could just wink at him and say that there isn't going to be a test at the end of the show.


You ask an adult-looking assistant on stage to help with an effect - you hand he or she a menu and ask them to choose any entree and read it out loud. After several long seconds you realize that he/she can't read at all or not very well or at least can't read the words on the menu. What would you do?
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Oops. you must've forgotten your glasses. My gran never remembers where she puts her glasses so now she just drinks straight from the bottle. Let me have a look. I've forgotten my glasses too, say you haven't got a baboon in you pocket?

Poo!
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George: good stuff but you need to post the next situation for the next person to assist with. Keep in mind that I want to keeop it all magic rleated and real situations that could possibly come up.

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I did. Someone shouts out Poo! (while you're doing your magic related magic-themed magic show)
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"I'm sorry, but Winnie, Tigger, Piglet and the rest of the gang are meeting in the next building over. If you hurry, you might still catch them..."

During a ventriloquist routine, your dummy suddenly comes down with laryngitis... Smile

OK, maybe not.... how's about: thumb tip accidentally comes loose and falls off in front of spectator(s).
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