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Hi everyone, I found the thread by Aus about finding the funny really interesting. Iím not aiming to be a comedy magician but I do like to add as much humor to my performances as I can and try and make my performances both entertaining and magically strong. So Iím really trying to better understand how to inject comedy in a routine. I didnít want to sidetrack the discussion started by Aus so I thought I would post this separately. Iíve also already thanked Sealegs for all the advice and guidance he gave me when I asked. He even rewrote a few scripts for me and that process really helped me understand how elements of my script could be funnier and the reasons for the changes he made. To anyone trying to make their presentations more entertaining Iíd strongly recommend scripting your routine and then finding someone you know who has experience in comedy writing and is prepared to offer you constructive criticism. Anyway, Iím now trying to apply some of these lessons to some older routines of mine. Hereís one I used to do many years ago. My presentation back then was ďI once saw a magician do this..Ē and ďDonít take your eyes off the ballĒ That last line was said continuously. I havenít really changed the routine but Iíve tried to develop a more engaging presentation:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvk722MInR0
Iím not suggesting this is a thigh slapper but I wanted to share my own journey and attempts with finding the funny and what I believe has helped me present routines that are a bit more entertaining. John
Kanawati
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Hi everyone, Lol! I rewatched this with fresh eyes and ears. Quite a bit wrong with the script. The script does suffer from a lack of clarity, my words donít necessarily match my actions, and Iím just scratching the surface in terms of whatís wrong. A couple of people have very kindly pmíd me. And I really appreciate their honest feedback. Iím not even sure whether the premise of using my armpits and that storyline remotely works or will just put the audience off! It might literally be on the nose! What have I learnt so far?

Doing routines and using the scripting taught in dvds, books or lectures has allowed me to focus on my character and practice my delivery but in the past Iíve never really tried to understand what makes a line funny or why it seems to work or why the routine has been structured the way it is.

But trying to come up with something a bit more original is challenging and the more seriously I try and tackle the subject of comedy magic the more things I realize Iíll get wrong before I even start to get some things right! And learning from what doesnít quite work is sometimes the best lesson! It is very OK to fail in this area and it goes with the territory.

Iíve already said it but Iíll say it again...For those who want to come up with and inject some comedy or humor into their routines but are just learning like me, Iíd recommend having a go at scripting your own routines and then finding someone with real world experience who you trust, who has been clearly helpful to others, and is willing to offer you honest, constructive, helpful and practical criticism. And be prepared and open to receiving criticism! And be discerning enough to know what criticism you should and shouldnít take into account🙂 John
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