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Topic: Rubber Chicken Magic
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Oct 12, 2002 11:00PM)
I am looking for some ideas to do a little bit of magic or just a bit of funny business with my rubber chicken.
In my birthday show I use a balloon box to produce a rabbit. Initially I have the rubber chicken in the box just as a logical reason to have a cage without rising suspicions or expectations of a rabbit.
I have a little bit of fun with the chicken by trying to set him free to fly away. Kids always find it funny when it falls to the ground after they have all been flapping their own wings so vigorously.
What I would like to do is a little bit of magic with the rubber chicken. Or maybe just a bit of funny business that ties into the production of the rabbit. Does anyone have any ideas?
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Oct 13, 2002 05:50AM)
I've made a collection of Chicken jokes and potential patter for the Rubber Chicken:

[*]I just had a funny thought. A chicken is the only animal you can eat before it's born and after it's dead.
[*]About rubber chicken: This is illegal. (ill eagle)
[*]Show rubber chicken: This is Big Bird's cousin, Dirty Bird.
[*]To rubber chicken: Get dressed.
[*]After rubber bird falls on stage: Watch out for a bird dropping.
[*]And now, here's the production of the Chinese Snow Duck. (Produce rubber chicken.) That's no duck (snowduck).
[*]Chickens play in bands because they have their own drumsticks.
[*]I used to be a chicken plucker. The pay was low, but I've met a lot of groovy chicks.
[*]Have feathers hidden in hand. I've got a tickle in my throat...Cough...Cough...(Feathers Fly) Look at the Rubber Chicken. (Sight-Gag)
[*]Magic Words: Chapped Chicken Lips
[*]Q: What do you call the chicken that crossed the road? A: Poultry in motion!
[*]Q: Why did the chicken cross the information superhighway? A: To get to the other site!
[*]Q: How can you be sure the eggs you buy don't have baby chickens in them? A: Buy duck eggs.
[*]Q: What do you get if you cross a chicken with a cement mixer? A: A brick layer!
[*]Q: What kind of eggs does a wicked chicken lay? A: Deviled eggs.
[*]Q: What's a chicken's favourite cake? A: A layer cake.
[*]Q: What do you call a chicken who crosses the road, rolls in the mud and crosses back? A: A dirty double crosser.
[*]Q: What do you call a dance that a chicken goes to? A: A Foul Ball.
[*]Q: Why did the chicken cross the basketball court to talk with the ref? A: Because he was calling all fowls.
[*]Q: Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? A: He heard they were shooting fouls.
[*]Q: Why did the chicken go to the middle of the road? A: To lay it on the line.
[*]Q: Why did the chicken cross half the road? A: Because she wanted to lay it on the line.
[*]Q: Why did the chicken sit on the ax? A: Because he wanted a hatchet.
[*]Q: Why did the one eyed chicken cross the road? A: To get to the Birds Eye Factory.
[*]Q: Why did the porcupine cross the road? A: He was stuck to the chicken.
[*]Q: Why did the punk rocker cross the road? A: He was stapled to a chicken.
[*]Q: Why is a chicken on a fence like a coin? A: Heads on one side tails on the other.
[*]Q: Did you hear the joke about the chicken? A: It's foul.
[*]Q: Why does the Easter bunny hide his eggs? A: He doesn't want anyone to know he's having an affair with a chicken.

Hope they are useful!
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Oct 13, 2002 06:04AM)
Using a Sharpie or Magic Marker, draw tire treads on one side of your rubber chicken; produce it, however you want, and show the unmarked side:
"Why did the chicken cross the road?"
Then turn the chicken around, showing the tire tread:
"Well, not all of them actually made it!"

For more ideas and lines, you may want to check out my Showtime column in the Linking Ring of December, 1995.
In that column, I have the results of The Great Rubber Chicken Contest -- various ways of using a rubber chicken and gags to match.

(^rubber chicken in bat suit!)
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Oct 14, 2002 06:59PM)
Thanks Dennis for those jokes. I like the line about watching out for bird the dropping. That will fit into my routine really well. :giggles:
Message: Posted by: amagician (Oct 15, 2002 08:57AM)
Tom Ogden, I think, had a sword swallowing chicken and I am NOT suggesting you copy that idea (you'd probably be number 5,001 to do so) but the reminder might start you thinking of other tricks not usually associated with Chookus Goodyear.
Message: Posted by: johnpert (Oct 15, 2002 09:41AM)
Perhaps, you could load something in the chicken's mouth or vanish something in the chicken's mouth. I'm sure a TP would fit inside for the vanish of a silk. Perhpas the colour of the silk may lend itself to a joke or two.

A mouth coil may vit inside also. Upon production, say, "Looks like you had a fruit salad for lunch."



ps. I believe there is a book on the market about rubber chickens.
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Oct 15, 2002 12:26PM)
How about pulling out a rubber chicken with a battery in its mouth (a C battery should be about the right size).
Look at it for a moment and comment: "Hmmm; must be a battery hen."

I can do this all day, until you like it!
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Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Oct 15, 2002 12:57PM)
I also have a CO2 hand computer keyboard sprayer/clearner (dust) With it I make my rubber chicken blow up a balloon. (3 max)
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Oct 15, 2002 02:46PM)
Or you could have the chicken covered in little red dots (use a Sharpie marker) and say it can't do magic today, it's got "people pox."

(I warned you!)
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Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Oct 15, 2002 05:44PM)
Bite into the rubber chicken, shake it like a dog, then say. "Tastes like Chicken."
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Oct 15, 2002 10:07PM)
A cell phone rings during your act.
You try to ignore it but it keeps ringing.
Finally you reach into your case and pull out a rubber chicken -- that is ringing!
You hold it to your ear, like a phone.
"Hello," you say, "No . . . no . . . no."
Toss the chicken back in the case, saying:
"Sorry, wrong chicken."
I don't know why, but this breaks up a room!
Message: Posted by: Bobcape (Oct 16, 2002 12:04PM)
You guys are awesome! There is some GREAT stuff in this combined posting. Thank you all! Bob
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Oct 16, 2002 12:42PM)
Put a "travel-size" can of shaving cream inside the rubber chicken. Produce the chicken and hit the button. If the shaving cream hits you, it's even funnier!

Great sight-gag! Well...doves do it so why can't the chicken!
Message: Posted by: Whiterabbit (Oct 17, 2002 05:48PM)
I always thought a 'reversible' chicken, where you can turn it into something else, would be cool. Without going into details, the principle is well known and you could possibly do something in the workshop at home.

Of course, you could put a noise maker in it, say "have you seen the latest budget version of the bagpipe?" put the chicken's head in your mouth,the body under the armpit etc. and start 'playing'...

When people start complaining about the noise, say "Trust me, it's an improvement."
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Oct 19, 2002 07:01AM)
When you put the rubber chicken away. Place it into a Kentucky Fried Chicken box. Pause, and say, lunch...

Also, try changing your rubber chicken into a dove or parrot. Or perhaps you tried to produce a dove and get only the rubber chicken. "Oh no! My Dove!"

Message: Posted by: Emazdad (Dec 29, 2002 03:07PM)
I always introduce my chicken as Chuck the magic chicken, then when I give him to the helper to hold I can then use the line, "remember chuck the magic chicken is his name, not an instruction."
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Dec 29, 2002 09:11PM)
If you are doing anything with a rubber chicken, be sure to get the right kind!

The three-toed chicken is vastly superior to the two-toed chicken because it has -- uh, well, one more toe!


(I warned you, 'way back there, that I was going to keep doing this until you liked it! :lol: )
Message: Posted by: Bilwonder (Dec 29, 2002 10:44PM)
I love all the lines and ideas. I've had a lot of fun with rubber chickens! For my birthday show I have the BD kid try to produce a bird from the magic hat...they get the rubber chicken..and I do some of the visual gags mentioned... It doesn't fly..but maybe we can do another trick with it..I have the kid load it into a "magic cannon" and it will fly across the room back into the hat...of course it fails..Snakes fly out of the can...and the chicken appears on the kids back! This is revealed as we both desperately try to get the snakes back in the can.

I've also used the chicken in my verson of Hospitality...After I've poured the drinks and everyone has attested to there quality..I tear open the carton to reveal the maker of the fine drinks!

There was a marketed effect with the chicken laying a plastic egg with the selected card, but I haven't used that.

Of course you could do a whole act with your "chicken" assistant. Cut and restore, zig zag, levitate, and all the horrible things magicians do to assistants!
Message: Posted by: Vilago (Dec 30, 2002 06:35PM)
Now you guys make me want to buy one!!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Mar 20, 2012 05:25AM)
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Message: Posted by: ageo (Jan 2, 2016 01:41PM)
Any of you know where to find rubber turkeys?
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Jan 2, 2016 01:50PM)
Anyone kniw where to find rubber chickens that are soft so you can roll them up. all the current ones are rather stiff...
Message: Posted by: MichaelDouglas (Jan 2, 2016 02:22PM)
I'd love to do a zig zag routine with my rubber chicken...like rocky racoon zig zag. The issue is that the chickens you commonly find on the market are stiff like Randy mentions. They won't compress like Rocky so as to fit it into the zig-zag.

Any thoughts on how to make this happen?
Message: Posted by: noland (Jan 3, 2016 06:43PM)
Maybe you could just pretend to twist the head off. The anatomy of a rubber chicken does lend itself to that (you fold the head back at the neck). Then you don't have to buy a zig zag.
Message: Posted by: The Mighty Fool (Jan 15, 2016 12:25PM)
The one's I get from Daytona magic are always soft enough to roll / crumple up. I use the chicken as a magic wand, saying I cant afford a wand, so it's the magic chicken. And when I do the magic I wave the bird saying "magic chicken--magic chicken" that alone gets laughs, and when things go wrong, the bird gets the blame "You stupido magic chicken!!"
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Jan 20, 2016 07:14PM)
I have a very large square circle production prop. I begin by showing the kids about 20 animal picture cards and have one selected. (I force a pic. Of a fish) then go to the S/C routine, I first pull out a silk with fish and act like its a bummer and toss it behind me, then I look in the tube and then look up to the kids with a shocked look. And say, who here has ever seen a chicken fish. And amazingly, some kids raise their hands and say they have. I then pull out a rubber chicken and hold it in such a way, making it look as if it is swimming. Everyone cracks up. Then I toss it behind me and proceed to produce a live goldfish . Of course showing the tube empty each time.
Message: Posted by: noland (Jan 21, 2016 12:44PM)
Since this thread is expanding into rubber chicken gags, here are two more: (1) hold the chicken with both hands, and use the upper hand to make him bend into 2, like he's taking a bow (this is done at the end of a trick); (2)hold the chicken's body with one hand and position the 2nd hand so one of chicken's legs is pinched between the thumb and first finger of the 2nd hand--then have chicken "wave" at the kids as you have the kids say "Hi chicken" (or whatever name you've given the chicken). Other hand puppet-like bits of interaction with the kids are also possible.
Message: Posted by: Owen Anderson (Feb 1, 2016 03:15PM)
Wedge a duck/goose call into your rubber chicken's throat. It will honk when you squeeze it!