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Dan Monroe
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Hi All
I'm looking for books that are based on all comedy magic routines for stand up. I find routines here and there in a lot of books. But I wanted to know if there are any books that deal with comedy stand up magic only. I have been looking but can't seem to find any.Can you great minds here in the Café help?
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You are correct, there are none. Just the Harry Anderson book, Mike Caveney's Magicomedy, Terry Seabrooke's Book, Around the World with a Baking Tin.

That's it. We do need more stage presentations published. But, close-up is easier to market faster and more often.
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There's also the Comedy Magic Handbook by David Roper. It's a little dated, but still has some good stuff in it. I don't know of many other books, but there are some good DVDs out there - Martin Lewis' new DVDs are great, and David Regal's fourth one in his latest series has some good stand up on it as well.
Dan Monroe
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Thanks for the ideas. I have the Harry Anderson book that I like alot. Will check out the others and maybe the DVD's to. But I must say that I enjoy a good book the best.
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Are you looking for books that cover a number of routines, or books soley based around one routine?

Con Steal Mints is the first in my Howie Duhzit series which puts tested (original) comedy and simple escapes together. Each booklet will be based around a single routine.

Con Steals Mints will soon be carried
elsewhere (starting in April) under the title Correlation once it is professionally printed through Jorgenson Ink. CSM is just done off my own printer.

Not trying to pump my own products, just trying to help. Smile
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One of the best books for a comedy magician to purchase is Steve Allen's "How to be Funny." While all of these comedy routine books are good to have, there is the temptation to actually go out and perform these routines. It's a mistake to do it. Let me explain why.

You aren't Harry Anderson. You are also not Terry Seabrooke. You are also not Mike Caveney. If you go out onstage and do one of their routines, verbatim, you will probably get a lot of laughs, but they won't be your laughs. If, however, you use those routines as a starting point and begin to modify them to fit your own personality, you will have a routine that works much better for you.

I have worked with a number of top comics and a number of "bottom" comics, if that is the opposite! Even the lowest of the "bottom" comics worked out his own material. And even if you have purchased complete television rights to all that material, it won't fit you at all. It will be like walking into Harry Anderson's house, buying his used coat and hat, putting them on and going onstage with them. They just won't fit.

Many years ago, Terry Seabrooke gave me permission to use his wristchopper routine. Before I ever took it onstage, I modified virtually every line in it, until it fit me.

But I used his routine as a model. And that's what I would suggest you do, too.
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Dan Monroe
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Bill I agree with you. And that's really what I do. I get ideas and completly change things or add things to make my own routine. I also do the same with effects that I buy. I hardly ever use the patter that comes with a trick. I like to make it unique to myself and my style of performing. I feel everybody should do that. But I'm always looking for new and old ideas to create new routines. I find myself looking through lots of old books of things long forgoten by most and trying to update for the crowds of today. I just have had a hard time finding stand up material. Everything is geared at close-up. Which that is fine to because I also do a lot of close-up. It's just that most of my shows are stand-up and I'm always trying to come up with new routines for repeat shows.

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