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Does anyone have any information on a routine called "The Chair"? It was originally utilized by Dwight Damon, the original Balloonatick.

It is apparently a comedy routine involving a wooden fold-up chair. How funny is it? Are there any clips of someone performing this? Thanks for your help in advance.

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I don't know that routine, but it reminded me of a routine I created while doing a laughology program at a detention center.

The room was an "echoey" gym with concrete floor.

I moved a chair to stand on and got a great sound.

Of course I had to try again and got a different tone.

The audience reacted positively so I went with it and

did a few minutes of musical magic and physical comedy

trying to sit in the chair.

It doesn't read funny, but it was a nice moment.

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I've heard of this routine and I think it can be really funny. It is a single prop and relies heavily on your acting ability, comedic timing, and how far you're willing to take it. The chair is gimmicked to completely collaspe under your control yet be fine when others sit on it.
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Strangely enough, the thing you're talking about ("The Chair") is made by a guy named Steve Thomas (and it's NOT me, either) in the great Northeast's a metal folding chair, not wooden, and in the right hands, it a darned funny bit! If you play your show too seriously, I wouldn't try it, but in my show, it works perfectly. You can find 'em used for around $125-$, they're $150 directly from Steve. Very durable prop, with lots of comedy potential. Send me an email, and I'll tell you the best place to find one. By the way, I'm in Mississippi...there, that proves I'm not THAT Steve Thomas

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I've been looking for one. Steve told me about a year ago that he wasn't currently producing them. Maybe times have changed.
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I used to use one in my kids shows. Back in the day. I brought out the chair as I was introducing rocky the racoon. Claiming I was about to bring out a wild animal and we all needed to stay quite as to not frighten him. Then I would have problems with the chair making the kids laugh. Every time I would shhhhh them. Ending with the chair collapsing making a huge bang. SHHHHH!!!

Giggles ensued.
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Does anyone have a link to this item?
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This is a great Item I just recently retired it from my show I had it in there for 5 years. I almost hate seeing it go. I got mine from Steve and I was very glad I did. Great prop lots of great potentional.
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I picked mind up from Stevens Magic Eporium.
I have no idea if they still carry them?

We are going to do a charity show for Give Kids The World in a few weeks. Think I'll throw the chair back in the show. It should be fun. I thank this post for reminding me how fun of a routine it is.
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Didn't W.C. Fields or Charlie Chaplin do something with a deck chair in an old silent movie?
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Michael Bentine (a 40s and 50s British comedian) did a wonderful chair bit. It isn't magic as such, but what he can do with essentially half of the back of a wooden chair...
The routine is an extended story in which the chair-back becomes every prop.

The bit is in a 1952 movie called "Down Among the 'Z' Men". There's a long sequence near the end where the characters put on a show for some troops. The bit has very little to do with the plot of the film nor with the character that Bentine is playing (a mad scientist).
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I'm looking for one of these, if anyone knows where to get one.

Please PM me.

FYI: I just had a note from Steve Thomas. They're in production again, wiht updated design.
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I have "The Chair" It's a great prop and a lot of fun to use.
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