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busterjuggler
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Hey Guys!

So we all know the old juggling gags like;

3d juggling - throwing the balls into the audience
juggling on motorbike - thrwoing balls over shoulders
the yo yo - ball looks like its on string
cheating - moving one ball up and down with hand?

Can you guys think of any other impressions with juggling, or funny visual jokes like the yo yo or 3d juggling?

Or impressions with balls/clubs/axes that would suit a corporate crowd rather than just kids.

James
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On 2009-01-19 08:05, busterjuggler wrote:
Hey Guys!

So we all know the old juggling gags like;

3d juggling - throwing the balls into the audience
juggling on motorbike - thrwoing balls over shoulders
the yo yo - ball looks like its on string
cheating - moving one ball up and down with hand?

Can you guys think of any other impressions with juggling, or funny visual jokes like the yo yo or 3d juggling?

Or impressions with balls/clubs/axes that would suit a corporate crowd rather than just kids.

James


Hey, why should we be writing your material for you. Most professional jugglers write their own material, or at least "pay" writers for jokes or gags...
Just kidding with you James...
...at least... partially.

First of all, I feel compelled to point out that the "juggling on a motorbike" while it may a bit old... is actually well known and documented as Michael Davis's material. And although I have seen it stolen by a few younger acts (particularly a couple of DiMuzio Boys), that does not make it any less his bit or any more "public domain". There's a story behind Michael Davis and that gag, but I'll explain it another time. My point being... that just because a bit has been stolen by a lot of people, that does not then make the bit "an "old juggling gag". Be careful getting ideas from other jugglers and trolling for material out here on the forums, you never know who's material someone might be "suggesting". It's always much better and way more honorable to write you own gags. Not to mention, it is way more satisfying when you gat a great laugh from a joke or gag that you wrote, instead of one that you just "picked up" somewhere. Just a little advice from a slightly more seasoned and experienced performer, who also "borrowed" material when he was first starting out. (hey we all do) It's good to grow beyond that as you mature as a performer. Take it for what it is worth. However, if I ever see a performer doing what is "well documented' as Micheal Davis's material, or anyone else's material for that matter... I'd call them out on it in a heartbeat. Professional courtesy and respect is what it is.
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Hey dude

I know that's Michael Davis routine and I don't use it and never have. I was just using it as an example.

I may have phrased my question wrong, I wasn't asking ppl to write jokes for me, it was more just a brainstorm of ideas. Ie: impressions or situational comedy of big events or people today that are politically correct to joke about.

I'm not asking for routines or a joke, just ideas to start brainstorming on.

Ie: someone writes back and says the postal service is bad, then I can make something out of that, bad example, but I hope I make more sense.

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On 2009-01-19 09:12, busterjuggler wrote:
Hey dude

I know that's Michael Davis routine and I don't use it and never have. I was just using it as an example.

I may have phrased my question wrong, I wasn't asking ppl to write jokes for me, it was more just a brainstorm of ideas. Ie: impressions or situational comedy of big events or people today that are politically correct to joke about.

I'm not asking for routines or a joke, just ideas to start brainstorming on.

Ie: someone writes back and says the postal service is bad, then I can make something out of that, bad example, but I hope I make more sense.

James


OK...
First of all, James...
I thought that we were cordial enough for you to call me by my name instead of "Hey Dude-ing" me. That sounds like you are coming of a little arrogant and defensive to me. Maybe I am reading it wrong.
Secondly, why get so defensive about saying you don't use that line, when no one accuses you of it. Did I? I think not. Thirdly, if you knew it was Davis's line, why cite it in the same list as so many other older and much more public domain gags?... Just pointing out why it got my attention.
I'll give you a little lee-way James, as I know that you are young and just starting out. I have been at this a wee bit longer than you and I was just trying to impart a little input/advice to you. If you do not want to hear it, so be it.
However, upon re-reading your original post and it seems to me that you were not just asking for inspiration for material, but you WERE asking for specific "impressions", and I believe that you said you were looking for "Funny Visual Jokes", even mentioned specific props. Pardon me if I read that as asking for jokes... but it certainly does not seem at all that you were merely asking for "inspiration". Just trying to point out how it looks on my end. Not trying to be difficult either... but when you got defensive about the Davis line and "Hey Dude-ed' me. I felt I would be remiss if I did not point out my side more clearly.
Feel free to PM me if you feel the need to continue this any further. No need to subject everyone else to our personal discussions.
No Worries Mate,
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Alright everybody, the show is over. Keep moving.

Charlie Fry has some great DVD's out on the subject. "Eccentricks" I believe is the name.

Michael paid good money for his motorcycle joke so you can buy them too. Just make sure you buy them.
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On 2009-01-19 08:05, busterjuggler wrote:
Hey Guys!

Can you guys think of any other impressions with juggling, or funny visual jokes like the yo yo or 3d juggling?

__________________________________________________________


I know several, just not tellin.......

Todd
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Marcus Marconi did several imitations he did the owl, the mouse, the fox but you had to be there to understand.
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On 2009-01-19 11:39, Rotten wrote:
Alright everybody, the show is over. Keep moving.

Charlie Fry has some great DVD's out on the subject. "Eccentricks" I believe is the name.

Michael paid good money for his motorcycle joke so you can buy them too. Just make sure you buy them.



Yes, you are correct, Michael did pay good money for that joke, then performed it on national TV... And that was the back story on that one. Pretty well circulated story at the time... but a great one on how to deal with a line or joke that you hear and really like. Just offer money for it. All of Charlie's DVD's a great and give lots of "inspiration" Great recommendation!
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For old gag ideas check out Benny Hill...the show is loaded with old vaudeville type sight gags. There are some Internet sites that have old vaudeville footage. Don't remember them right at this monet but google should help.

The Charlie Frye DVD's are very good.

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Just out of curiosity, does this ban on using other people's material have any contextual boundaries? I mean, if you're doing a kids party, is it really wrong to use someone else's gag? You're not exactly in competition with the originator in that setting - you're just trying to make kids laugh. I've watched a lot of magic DVDs (not juggling) and keep seeing the same jokes rehashed again and again. And that's on a product that is being sold to the fraternity, so presumably originality should be even more important. Are all of these magicians unethical?
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On 2009-01-22 21:35, MaxfieldsMagic wrote:
Just out of curiosity, does this ban on using other people's material have any contextual boundaries? Are all of these magicians unethical?


Basically it all comes down to how creative and original an individual is, and how well you can sleep with yourself when you pawning off other people's material as your own.
In magic, most tricks come with "suggested patter", I am always amazed at how many magicians actually use that patter word for word. It show a total lack of creativity and originality. While this is not necessarily stealing jokes, it shows absolutely no motivation in being original. In juggling, I am not aware of any props that are sold with any "suggested patter".
While I would not go and say that "all of these magicians are unethical", I would say that I have seen way too many magicians doing the exact same routines, word for word and joke for joke. However, in any field there will always be people who want to take the easy route. Only you can answer the question for yourself, as to how much "borrowed" material you are comfortable using. Good luck with being creative and original.
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I start my ball act with on ball and go to two balls then I appear the third ball
If I just had watched Charlie Frye before I put the act together it took me forever to develop! Charlie's stuff is awesome!

Nevertheless with the two balls I hold the shell, when the audience claps I stop and I say I really don't like this trick - it reminds me of my weight! I exxagerate the YoYo after I say that. Exspecially women laugh. (I guess that's more a joke a chick can do)
I have a immitation on the difference on a girl juggler and a guy juggler, I make fun of the the Bush administration and mention weapons of math instruction. I tell them I little story: When I was a little girl, my dad took me to a circus and after the show I said to my DAD- DAD when I grow up I want to be a juggler. My DAD said Honey you can't do both. Savings bond joke- what's the difference between a juggler and a savings bond. The savings bond materuas and eventually make some money. There are a millon things you can do it just takes around 1-2 years and lots of practicing and writing...(search the interenet, juggling and magic acts)
Use other acts to inspire you and not to steal from


PS: My ball act was inspired by Count count from Sesame Street, Cardini, Charlie Frye
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Most jugglers do the same torch routine as I do, but the words, rythem, and physical comedy that I use are all mine.


I will admit that I am a big fan of Michael Davis, but any other similarity is pure coincidence.
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I've said it before...imitation is the sincerest form of thievery!

While I do not condone the ripping off of other's original ideas or routines, there is also a large collection of bits, gags, jokes etc that are "public domain". We each have used (or still use) some (or alot) of these gags. The real art in this is making these stock gags your own.

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Find copies of the old Juggler's bulletin magazine. Loaded with gags and bits. Topper Martyn wrote a book "juggling for magicians" lots of gags there too. Buy MNike Caveney's routine where you juggle ARMS.
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On 2009-01-24 16:27, Al Angello wrote:
Most jugglers do the same torch routine as I do, but the words, rhythm, and physical comedy that I use are all mine.


I will admit that I am a big fan of Michael Davis, but any other similarity is pure coincidence.


"Original Ball acts are difficult to develop - more difficult than other acts, not only because so much has been done, but when you want to create something unique the prop itself doesn't offer a whole lot..."

That's why I had a very short spoken word ball with 3 to 5 balls from 92-96, and changed nothing... You have to get a good comedy monologue and physical comedy monologue together for balls, to make it more compelling...


The post I wrote on Saturday became a little short, I had to leave for a gig (kids show). I really had to leave in order to get there on time- I just barely made it. Nevertheless this was the first gig for the witness of Jehovas. I really enjoyed this show- and they didn't try to convert me.

PS: I just wrote an article for the italian juggling magazine on how to develop an act with comedy or music. I will post it at some time on this forum or put up a link to it...of the english article...of course

PPS: bI managed to put a 3 diabolo shuffle mpeg video on my ipod. I think this is the best way when working on new material. I love the new gear available now
PPPS: ...doing kids shows once in a while is really helpful, when it comes to small new ideas or tricks. Also for kids you material has to be tight.
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