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drkptrs1975
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You know Weird Al Yanchovic does parodies of almost everyone. Well why don't we think of ways to do parodies of people like Copperfield, seigfried and Roy, and examples like that.
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They've been done. Rudy Coby did a Copperfield parody "Magic Dave" on one of his specials. Henning and S&R were parodied in their day on Saturday Night Live. There are Criss Angel and David Blaine parodies all over Youtube. A classic magic parody act is the Amazing Ballantine. Weird Al specializes in parodies that EVERYONE knows. Not too many magicians fall into that category.
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You want a parody of David Copperfield?
Look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKqmdwSMn7g It´s not Weird Al but an belgium comedian.

or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI8rdGRrRrY

or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaOqxpEIeBI&feature=related
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I can't find him on youtube but he's been linked to before...there's a guy who does a hilarious parody of every boring card act you've ever seen. There are also lot's of parodies of the traditional magician about.
Jeremy Lion does a good parody/character piece of a children's entertainer.
little britain parody hypnotists.

Doesn't mean you can't do your own though.
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I've seen a few performers that are parodies and don't even know it...Smile
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Matthew and I did a Siegfried and Roy routine on the cruise ships...big wigs, big costumes, even an inflatable tiger. We had some fun with that. The tech folks really helped us out with vari-lites, fog, etc. And we pumped the Michael Jackson 'Mind is the magic' song out the megawatt sound system...oh, those were the days.
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Mac_Stone... Uh, I think the foul language on your link is obsolete and something that puts him in the category of people without any idea of what comedy material is.
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On 2009-05-05 15:04, Mac_Stone wrote:
Heres my favorite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwSXm8BZvAU


I would prefer Amazing Jonathan.
Just to say Fu.. you" all the time could be a kind of running gag, but not a very good one.
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I'm not bothered by the swearing I think it would be rather odd to parody the anarchic idiocy of punk without it and the repetition of the same phrase makes it funnier to me and makes sense for that character.

On the other hand, some bits were a bit flat although there were a couple of good gags in there.
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On 2009-05-06 12:40, magicgeorge wrote:
I'm not bothered by the swearing I think it would be rather odd to parody the anarchic idiocy of punk without it and the repetition of the same phrase makes it funnier to me and makes sense for that character.

On the other hand, some bits were a bit flat although there were a couple of good gags in there.


Ok, if this act should simply be a parody of a cliche punk, the "f... off word" is a "must have", although not just punks use this word inflationary.
But in my opinion he reduce everything to that one word and this is neither original nor very funny. It´s just, as you already mentioned, flat and cheap.
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But in my opinion he reduce everything to that one word and this is neither original nor very funny. It´s just, as you already mentioned, flat and cheap.


The crowd seemed to think it was hilarious, and I do too. Unless one can entertain a room full of people like he did, regardless of how he did it, I don't think its anyones place to criticize.
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On 2009-05-07 03:53, thorsten dankworth wrote:
But in my opinion he reduce everything to that one word and this is neither original nor very funny. It´s just, as you already mentioned, flat and cheap.


The crowd seemed to think it was hilarious, and I do too. Unless one can entertain a room full of people like he did, regardless of how he did it, I don't think its anyones place to criticize.


If you like it, fine. I don´t like it very much and I tried to explain why.
I have the same right to say that I don´t like something as you have the right to say you like it very much.
I don´t want to persuade anybody not to like the video, I just share my opinion - as you too.
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Comedian Demitri Martin does a great parody of Copperfield trying to break up with a girlfriend. I've seen it either on his website or the Comedy Central site.
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On 2009-05-05 10:20, Lion Dope wrote:
I've seen a few performers that are parodies and don't even know it...Smile
Mike

Mike, leave me out of this. Of course, another great parody act is Kohl and Co.
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When I was working for/with Kozak and Amazing Johnathan we did a parody on magicians called The Cheesy Magician. That show, Maybem, was designed by Pete Biro. It was in the early 1990s I believe.

The Cheesy Magician came out on stage and started doing some corny magic shop prop magic and Koz and AJ stormed in from the back and shot TCM with crossbows leaving TCM lying on the stage with a chest full of arrows. It was the act's opening routine. TCM was played by a woman, Maggie O'Neill who was also the first Psychic Maggie.

Little know is that Psychic Tanya was first Psychic Tabman, then Psychic Maggie and then, and then...

Sounds like the warm up for the old song, Along Came Jones.

It's all in the book.

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And there is always the Blaine parody :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYxu_MQST......aynext=1
We have to admit that, in is first shows, Blaine had an awkward way to stare at people and at the camera.
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On 2009-05-20 00:53, tabman wrote.....That show, Maybem, was designed by Pete Biro. It was in the early 1990s I believe.


Umm. Actually, the show was MAYHEM.

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On 2009-05-20 09:13, HMAC wrote:
And there is always the Blaine parody :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYxu_MQST......aynext=1
We have to admit that, in is first shows, Blaine had an awkward way to stare at people and at the camera.

This is my favorite parody. And with over 24 million views, I'd say it's pretty popular with the general public.
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One of the funniest parody acts I've seen filled with "inside" magic jokes is "The Great Normando" who performed at FCM in 2008. Just a hoot. He wears a jump suit with obvious body makeup with his V front, and constantly makes huge magical jestures. For one parody effect I remember, for example, a spectator tore off a corner of a dollar bill. When the selected lemon was cut open, there inside was the corner of the Jack of Spades instead. Good stuff like that. Catch that act if you can, a great act for magic conventions.
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