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Where are the comedy clubs booking magicians these days???

I worked the Funny Bone and Catch a Rising Star with Kozak and Amazing Jonathan but that was a long time ago (last century actually).

Who are the comedy magicians working the clubs now?? I'd love to see something new but I'm out of the loop these days.

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I know there's one in Boston that does a Magic night. Danny Hustle and Mike Bent perform at it.
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In the mid 1980s, actually early 1980s I did a gig for a record company in Templepatrick. I don't think that's too far from you, then we drove down to Dublin in the dark. Once we passed the border it was the craziest dark ride ever. I think there were three lanes of traffic on a two lane road. Whilst there, I learned the real secret of Irish Coffee. That's what we came home with besides the warmth of the hospitality.

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Tabnab,
Most all comedy clubs will feature comedy magic. Maybe not on there Thur, Fri or Sat show but many comedy clubs offer Wed spots for local comedy magicians. I would just call around and see. The thing I find that has changed from the 90s is that now if your not part of a package show with your own opener and headliner many comedy clubs don't want to pay you much. Many comedy magicians have moved their shows to college campus where they can perform in the student hall. You may want to check there if you want to see a comedy magic show. Comedy Clubs still make great venues for trying out new routines and getting the pipes all warmed up for bigger shows.
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On 2009-04-08 12:41, tabman wrote:
In the mid 1980s, actually early 1980s I did a gig for a record company in Templepatrick....I learned the real secret of Irish Coffee.

Hey Tb, yeah I do a load of shows up there, some for their school and others for the hotel.
Dunno what the secret is; maybe something to do with an extra whiskey and there's also a trick with a teaspoon.

I don't really have to sell myself to comedy clubs as a comedy magician. I say I'm a comedian and include the effects as a wee bonus. Everyone seems pleased to see something different and I come on without the expectation of being magic.

George
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The 1980's were the heyday with 500 comedy clubs in the USA, today there might be 100. Back in the day there was plenty of comedy club road work for magicians, jugglers, vents, not as much today.
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500? Doesn't seem too many in a country that size. Are you sure you have your numbers right?
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Thanks for all the good feedback. I love comedy. I mean, you wouldn't call AJ a magician I don't think even though he actually is one and Kozak is a well versed magician and expert at misdirection but he uses the magic as a back drop for his comedy. They were both headlining the comedy clubs in the 90s and there were a ton of them.

I'm asking because Ive moved myself out of the mainstream to a small town in south Georgia in the SE USA to be near my Mom to watch out for her in her golden years so to speak. The closest city is Tallahassee, FL and its over 2 hours away so I just don't know what's going on. I was dismayed when I saw that the big chains of clubs like Catch shut down because the audience dropped off.

We worked the Catch downstairs at Ballys Casino and George Carlin was upstairs in the big room. We were there a month and the joint rocked every night. This was AJ and Koz break into Vegas. I dropped out and went back to Tennessee and kept building magic and built a recording studio next to our shop. I'm writing a book about those and other experiences now. The chapters on AJ and Koz are good. Theres lots of back story on the inner workings and dynamics of two powerful personalities working toether and interfacing with me.

Anyway, can we find out about the places around the world where audiences turn out for funny people who bring magic into the picture? I really love making people laugh and being part of a good joke. I try to make my Mom laugh every time I talk with her and everyone else.

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Back in the 80's there were even more in our area.

Bars, pizza shoppes, and even restaurants had comedy rooms.

Memories....
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I think Noble1 is referring to actual full time 100% comedy clubs, in which case I think the figure is more or less accurate. If you include all the "one nighters" at bowling alleys, chinese restauants, flea markets, discos, sports bars, amd on and on, during the booming eighties, then yeah, there were thousands of comedy clubs.
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Right.
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That's exactly right. I remember a pizza and sandwich place in Hermitage TN that had a comedy night. Totally an unlikely place and hotel bars would have comedy nights. I rememeber thinking, this is great!!! Maybe the Comedy Channel on TV ruined some of that live action, I just don't, know but I regulary watch them now.

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The chains like Punch Line, Funny Bone, Laff Stop, Comedy Stop, are largely gone, though there are still a few Improv and Comedy Store franchises.
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Kansas City has produced quite a few comics both in and out of the magic area.

The 70's and 80's KC Comedy scene led to careers with folks ranging from Tom Burgoon to Eddie Griffin.

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Last spring they had a comedy night at The Cypress Grill on the lake. The comics were stopping over on Thursday night going between Atlanta and Jacksonville. They got peanuts for pay and a room and a meal. I was shooting pictures on those nights and saw most of em.

I'm doing a nooner at a big luncheon at the college in my hometown in a few weeks. I'll find out then if I can get some laughs. If they don't laugh it will be a long 20 minutes.

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The Comedy Caravan in Louisville, KY has The Battle of the Hands comedy magic night the last monday of every month with a magic competition once a year, which I won in February. Though they are taking a break this month b/c of a scheduling conflict, they will start their next season the monday before Memorial Day if you want to check it out!
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I perform at a bunch of local comedy clubs here in NYC quite frequently. There aren't many of us around like there used to be. But like Floyd said, they will uually hire us on 'non-prime' nights although I've gotten calls to fill in for a headliner now and again.

As Floyd mentioned, the pay really isn't that great- which is why many of us maybe no longer work these markets. I don't do it as much as I used to because of that issue.

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Generally the clubs in NYC and LA pay little or nothing because the owners feel it's an industry showcase and very top comics that you see on TV play these clubs all the time for free to invite show biz pros to see them or to work on new material. The clubs that pay decent are the road gigs everywhere else. It always been like that.
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The exact problem became that WAY too many places that had 5' of flat space, a spot light, and a mic, decided to be comedy clubs. Or have comedy nights. The saturation effect took place and guys were working who had no business working.

This caused the appatite for comedy to dwindle serverly. It happens and it tends to cycle, BUT the big thing which made it worse this time was Comedy Central showing shows like Premium Blend every 14 minutes. This made the effect far worse than it had ever been in the cycling effect.

Clubs have still not recovered. Combine this with the fact that the vast majority fo revenue came from drinks. Police have cracked down HARD on drinking and driving.

All these factors make it very tough for clubs to make a legitimate come back. And it sucks.
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I'd agree that's an accurate depiction, the herd was trimmed in the 90's and a handful of surviving road clubs were strong, but now a few more have bit the dust and the numbers are starting to dwindle further In the olden days they used to say live entertainment flourished during the great depression. Back then the only home entertainment was radio. It's a different game today with ten different types of TV, video games, DVDs, internet...
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