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daffydoug
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Simple question here.

When putting together a comedy magic act, let's say for a night club, what do you think should have more prominence in the act. The comedy, or the magic?
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Being there are no more night club, and if you mean "Comedy Club", I would have to say comedy. It is very difficult to make your magic tie perfectly with comedy for this type of venue.

Only a hand full have done it well, Harry Anderson, Michael Finney, Mack King, etc.

You really have picked a difficult task. I only tried it once on an "open mike" nite. The audience sits there looking at you wanting to laugh ... and laugh hard. It is different then putting on your own show for a group.

Bill
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Daffy Doug,
As one who has been doing "magicomedy" for years (if not decades), you have to walk a fine line in balancing the comedy and magic in the act, not to let one take over.

One way of testing it: Will the comedy work, without the magic? Will the magic work, without the comedy?

If you can answer "yes" to both those questions, then the act should work well. Otherwise, you either have a magic act, with some comedy, or a comedy act, punctuated with some magic.

cheers,
Peter Marucci
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Your personality!!
Your magic should be great your comedy should be great but it will be your personality that will string them together and keep the audience in there seats.
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Well then, I guess my instincts were correct, and I am on the right track!
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