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Anyone know the origin of the name.

I was talking to my wife about comedy theory.

Her view was jokes and practical don't go together.

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Back in the 13th century, Jesters had to study under humor masters.

When they had finished their practicum, they were able proudly wear the hat of a practical joke master.

Throughout the years to come, specific type of humor came to be known as practical jokes.

source: 17th century work-Laughter through the ages. by Sirrah
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A knowledgeable friend reminded me to add:

The Jester's practical joke had to be documented by 3 masters, prior to be given the hat of a humor master.

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Yes, I seem to heave read that somewhere before in my studies. I believe that is why the Jester had has the three points.
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