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Topic: Tommy Cooper's Miser's Dream
Message: Posted by: mmmario (May 5, 2015 11:01PM)
Greetings all
I have always been a big fan of Tommy Cooper and thought I had seen most of his video footage. I have a best of DVD and have spent many giggly times watching him on youtube.

I was doing some research on misers dream recently and his name kept coming up. I have never seen him perform this and was wondering where I could find some footage.
Mehopes you can help.

Just like that.

Thank you muchly.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (May 6, 2015 12:42PM)
I never met Tommy Cooper, or saw him do the MD either. I shall be interested in whatever is posted!
Message: Posted by: Quentin (May 6, 2015 06:20PM)
I don't recall ever seeing him do the Miser's Dream either live or on TV.
Message: Posted by: mmmario (May 6, 2015 11:11PM)
Google told me about a site, www.justlikethat.homestead.com
It also mentioned a couple of vids and their sizes, one being misers dream. However when I go to the site I cannot find any videos. There is a picture of Tommy holding a pail which may be from his Misers Dream. Or it could be just before a rubber chicken falls out of the sky into the bucket. One never knows with Tommy.

I have written to the contact on the site and I will relay his/her reply here.
I'm a tad excited.
Message: Posted by: mmmario (May 7, 2015 01:07AM)
Oh dear. This is embarrassing, The clip was there all the time. Talk about dodgy puter skills!
Sheesh. Anywho, here's a link. It's only a short clip. Tiny actually but worth a look. I have again written to,the contact trying to find out where he found the clip and if the routine continues or is that it?

I'll post again when I find out

Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (May 7, 2015 04:29AM)
Hey mmmario!

Not to panic! You did find it, and passed it along! THANK YOU!

The pic. WAS a bit "fuzzy", but, it DID appear to show the honorable Mr. Cooper doing the MD (in his own inimitable style!).

I remember seeing Geoffrey Buckingham in 1950, at the IBM convention! Mr B. did a much "classier" routine. The magicians were enthralled (!) with his extremely skillful performance. (I think he back p*lmed about 12 coins!) Here comes the "but"!) But, in retrospect, I doubt that the "civilians" (non magicians;) who had bought a ticket were ENTERTAINED.

It was a demonstration of great skill, appreciated mainly by many of the magicians, who wished that they could do what Mr. B. was doing.

As a teenager, I learned the DOWNS p*lm (with both hands) and was trying to be suave and debonair (at 18!). I wasn't. The magicians at the Ring thought I was a "god". It "took" an agent to tell me to "make 'em laugh". I listened to the agent. He got me work!
Message: Posted by: george1953 (May 7, 2015 08:09AM)
I have a lot of Tommy Cooper memories, I remember once in the pub near the old Magic Circle when it was in Chenies Mews he set fire to the curtains while he was demonstrating an idea he had dreampt up.
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (May 7, 2015 10:16AM)
Geez, am I ignorant. I've never heard of Tommy Cooper.
Message: Posted by: Quentin (May 7, 2015 04:57PM)
Ray, Tommy Cooper was an Welsh comedy magician who achieved national acclaim in the UK. He died over thirty years ago, yet is still a household name.

Here is a clip of his HATS routine, written for him by Val Andrews.

Message: Posted by: cheesewrestler (May 7, 2015 06:09PM)
[quote]On May 7, 2015, Ray Haining wrote:
Geez, am I ignorant. I've never heard of Tommy Cooper. [/quote]

The British Tomsoni and/or Ballantine.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (May 7, 2015 07:57PM)
There will never be another one like him. He was just a natural comedian.
Message: Posted by: tomsk192 (May 10, 2015 12:22PM)
"I went to the doctor. He said 'you've got a very serious illness'.
I said 'I want a second opinion'.
He said 'all right, you're ugly as well'."