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Topic: Looking for original source
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 5, 2015 08:43AM)
Looking to see if anyone knows the original creator for a bit of business.

I will be taping my Christmas Magic Show on December 22nd for my 7th DVD release which will be sometime next year. I have been working feverishly on this project and I will be sharing all my best Christmas magic routines.

I have been using a bit of business for years in my Christmas show and I always thought it was the genius of Mark Lewis but he has just told me it is not his. I want to use it on my DVD but, of course I want to give proper credit to the creator.

In short: I saw Santa walking down the street. I KNOW it was Santa because he had a black beard. The children shout out "WHITE BEARD!" Oh sorry, yes, Santa has a WHITE beard. Well I KNOW it was Santa because he had a BLUE suit on. Kids shout out "RED SUIT!" The kids shout out after each of these next lines to correct you:
He had a BIG bag of rocks!
He was getting into his truck to drive all around the world!
that's right, santa drives a sleigh, pulled by 9 tiny dogs. Ruff ruff!
Reindeer, right! And there was one very special reindeer and he had a blue nose, and his name was Alex. Alex the blue nosed reindeer.

Does anyone know the creator of this great bit of business?

Thanks,
Tommy James
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 5, 2015 10:09AM)
YES!

You have slightly different lines than Karrell Fox used, but, it is essentially his "Santa monolog"! He shared it with me, many (perhaps 30+) years ago.

I've used it many times, and, it ALWAYS "plays".

Thanks for crediting!
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Dec 6, 2015 04:17AM)
I've heard it before and laughed at it, but unlike Dick I had no idea where it came from. The guy I saw use it at a lecture (I can't remember who) implied it was his.

Now that I have been reminded I might try it at my gigs this afternoon and see do Irish children respond. It might be a good bit for my elf puppet.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Ulzen (Dec 6, 2015 05:55PM)
The dialogue was decribed in a book by Karrell Fox, if I remember it right it was in his book "CLEVER... LIKE A FOX".

The dialogue is great and children love it.

Don't know if Karrell Fox invented the dialogue.
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Dec 6, 2015 08:26PM)
I used it in a vent routine today. It went over well. Looking forward to messing with this over the coming weeks.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 8, 2015 09:28AM)
Thank you all for responding and clearing that up for me :)
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Dec 8, 2015 09:48PM)
Based on this table of contents, it might be in "Another Book":
http://magicref.tripod.com/books/foxkarrellanotherbook.htm

I'm guessing, because I don't have the book, but it looks like it's called ""A Kristmas Karrell".

That site lists the contents of "Clever...Like a Fox" and there's not a section on kids magic.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 9, 2015 12:50AM)
Tommy, if you use any of our Christmas music tracks on your DVD, I hope you will also give Leslie and me proper credit as the composers.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 9, 2015 07:43AM)
[quote]On Dec 9, 2015, arthur stead wrote:
Tommy, if you use any of our Christmas music tracks on your DVD, I hope you will also give Leslie and me proper credit as the composers. [/quote]

No music being used except the opening to Jingle Bells Arthur :)

Quentin Reynolds was kid enough to e mail me a copy of Karrel's routine. Mine wording is a bit different. But I'm convinced it was derived from his original patter.
Message: Posted by: noland (Dec 9, 2015 05:30PM)
Dick Williams also has a version of this routine on his video, "Magic In Focus."
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 10, 2015 07:35AM)
[quote]On Dec 9, 2015, noland wrote:
Dick Williams also has a version of this routine on his video, "Magic In Focus." [/quote]

That very well could have been where I originally saw it! I had that VHS. In fact I am sure of it now. Thanks for clearing that up for me :)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 10, 2015 12:55PM)
Tommy, which version of Jingle Bells will you be using?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 11, 2015 08:27AM)
[quote]On Dec 10, 2015, arthur stead wrote:
Tommy, which version of Jingle Bells will you be using? [/quote]

One that I'm probably not supposed to be :)
Message: Posted by: MoonRazor (Dec 19, 2015 01:57PM)
That on is my favorite!!!!
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 19, 2015 03:35PM)
[quote]On Dec 19, 2015, MoonRazor wrote:
That on is my favorite!!!! [/quote]

:)
Message: Posted by: Bill Scott (Dec 21, 2015 03:24PM)
Tommy, I'm on your mailing list, just want to be sure I'm notified when you release your new DVD. Bill
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 23, 2015 08:06AM)
Sure thing Bill!

The video shoot went excellent. The only mis hap was, I forgot to load my bunny before we began and I had to go behind my case (Not out of full view) to load it as I was speaking. Hey, the perks of filming live!

Filmed the instructional DVD yesterday and I'm hoping to release this before the end of March to give people a head start on putting together new routines for next Christmas season.

This is absolutely the best Christmas show I've ever put together. I'm so happy with it!
Message: Posted by: T.House (Dec 29, 2015 11:12AM)
What routines will be included on the DVD?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Dec 29, 2015 11:57AM)
[quote]On Dec 29, 2015, T.House wrote:
What routines will be included on the DVD? [/quote]

Oh the suspense!

Ok: Run down

Music opener with square circle chimney production

Sponge Ball Opener (I feel MANY will use)

Christmas Star by Smokey Mountain Magic but I don't use the routine, I made it more Tommy James ish

Happy Times (Supreme)

My Visible painting routine

Magic coloring contest

Traveling Christmas Candies and Candle (a/la PB&J Trick)

Santa Skunk & Magic Chimney

My own Christmas Cards Across which (will be on the market when the DVD is released)

Christmas Wishes

And more!

Loads of bits-of-business

Hoping to release it @ April so entertainers can take the rest of the year to obtain props or add some of these routines to their Christmas shows without having to rush.

This show was so much more fun for me this year than any other Christmas season as I put so much time and thought into the show , more so, because I knew this DVD will be viewed by other entertainers for many years to come.
Message: Posted by: T.House (Dec 29, 2015 01:51PM)
Looks like a winner! I used Christmas Wishes for a Breakfast with Santa event at the local Technical College, and it was very well received.

Bruce Hetzler
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 29, 2015 04:30PM)
Hey Bruce~!

I still refer to "TOWN HOUSE MAGIC"!

Dick
Message: Posted by: T.House (Dec 30, 2015 08:27AM)
Hi Dick,

I am glad that you still like my book "Bev Taylor's Town House Magic".

Bruce