I’ve been playing with adding remote controls to things recently. The company that I get the remote controls for my Remote Control Chattering Teeth had send me the wrong ones a while ago, and instead of sending them back, I decided to keep them in case I needed them for another project.
Here’s the most recent thing that I’ve made:
The idea is that the bell is rung by the corded button. However I can also secretly ring the bell via the remote control.
Some ideas for routines to use this to add comedy to are:
Having someone ring it when a trick happens. This would probably be better for a juggling style trick.
When doing a timed trick, like an escape.
When someone does something. For example, you need a kid to stay standing on a spot, and you if they move someone is supposed to ring the bell.
Those are all routines that you could very easily add the bell into. It’s the sort of thing that can turn a 2 minute trick into a 5 minute trick. For an example of this style of trick, look into my Order Up routine from Vanish Magazine #43. It’s the Cube Libre magic trick, but I added a bell and I used a sound effect on my PA to make the ring, but it played really well.
A couple of years ago while in New Orleans I got to sit down with Aye Jaye and chat about his book, The Golden Rule of Schmoozing. We talked about giving people things, and initially I didn’t know I was doing it, but I was. I always have a trick or gag ready. I never force it on people, but if the situation is right, I do it.
That brings me to this gag that I thought up not too long ago:
I was at the store and got carded because I was buying some alcohol. I remembered a gag that was taught to me by Tom Mullica where you glue a clown nose on your ID. I thought it’d be a topical gag and found some paper and cut one out and stuck it to my ID. Now I’m giving away a laugh, and expecting zero in return.
Just giving out a smile. That’s all. It’s a great feeling, and something that I think people need right now. Also I think it’s one of the better COVID gags out there right now, because the laugh is on the situation, not on the virus.
In the current version of my show I use a things that are printed on paper for gags in the show. The problem with paper is that it doesn’t travel well. You can keep in in an envelope, or folder, but it will show wear and tear very quickly. In no time it will start … Continue reading “Make It Last!”
In the current version of my show I use a things that are printed on paper for gags in the show. The problem with paper is that it doesn’t travel well. You can keep in in an envelope, or folder, but it will show wear and tear very quickly. In no time it will start looking pretty ragged.
What I do when I need something on paper for the show to last, I print it onto Tyvek paper.
Tyvek paper is paper that doesn’t tear, and is bit thicker than standard printer paper. I think Tyvek is a plastic, so it also holds up to moisture. If you use anything in your show that’s normally on paper, look into using Tyvek!
If you’ve ever seen my magic lecture, there are a couple of main points to it. First is to take what you are doing a step further. The second is to put endings to things. This blog post covers both of them. I’ve always liked the Fifty Two on One gag card. If you don’t … Continue reading “An Ending to a Gag…”
If you’ve ever seen my magic lecture, there are a couple of main points to it. First is to take what you are doing a step further. The second is to put endings to things. This blog post covers both of them.
I’ve always liked the Fifty Two on One gag card. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a card with all the cards on its face.
How you use it, is you set it face down as your prediction. You ask someone to say any card, let’s say they name the King of Diamonds. You say, “your card is right here” as you turn over the card and point to the king of diamonds.
Funny gag, but it really needs a punch to it. How can we turn the gag into a trick? We could glue a king of diamonds onto the back of the card, and put our prediction in an envelope and force the king of diamonds. Now we get the gag, followed by turning the card over to show you knew their card.
That’s a good trick. It’s been done, but still a decent card revelation. Let’s take it up a notch:
By using a flap card we’ve added a magic trick to the revelation. Honestly I don’t know if this is better than just turning the card over, but it’s certainly a lot more magical!
Also by using the flap card for the change, we’ve added an ending to the trick AND taken it a step further. This is actually something I’ve wanted to make for a long time and just finally making one. I’ll try it out sometime soon and see how it plays.