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ufo
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Hey guys,
I have a Prof. Cheers set and no directions, and it's been sooooooooo long since I used it last that my brain has forgotten the "whosee whatsit wherezitgo" on the set up. Could someone PM me with a refresher course?
Thanks!
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ufo
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Anyone?
Anyone?
Bueller?
Bueller?
"What's your drug?" she asked. "Hope" he said, "The most addicting one of all."
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Ed

I've sent you an email.

The subject title is 'Professor Cheers'.

Billy
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Thank you, sir!
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I posted this post on another thread, but reckon it fits here, too:

I think I have seen this routine performed over the years by maybe 3 or 4 times by 3 or 4 different performers, and on each occasion, it was met with total indifference and a silence that was only gently broken by the sound of an uncomfortable and embarrassed audience shifting awkwardly in their seats. This is just how I imagined it would be received when I first read of this routine many years ago.

Maybe as a parody or a pastiche I can see that it might be funny, but only in the same way that a Charlie Chaplin movie is funny. (ie - It's recognisable as being funny, it's just that no one seems to laugh out loud at it.)

Am I alone on this? Professor Cheers advocates, please feel free to give me a good verbal beating over this. You know it'll make you feel better. Smile

Neal
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I have got a good reaction with it. I use very colorful, over-sized shorts that
are obviously a joke when the audience see them.
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I got really excited about trying this out after I made one, and gave it a run-through without having anything attached to the end of the rope - just the rope alone - at my local magic shop, going over ideas with the shop owner. A mother and young son were watching, and as I pulled through my sleeve and pant legs, the mother kind of made one of those "I'm shocked and offended" gasps, and I think I got a sense of what my future reactions might be. I really didn't want to pull out my underpants, and my other ideas for objects to have at the end of the rope ranged from the dumb to the absurd, though I got several great ideas from some other Café members. When I performed it, I had no patter or jokes, just acted "surprised" at what was happening.

But I'm beginning to side with Neal on this one, and knowing my own audience, have a feeling it would be met with a less than complimentary response, and I'm no longer willing to risk my reputation with this one.

Mind you, I'm just speaking about my own experience, and know that many performers do and have been doing Cheers for ages to a fantastic, positive response. It's just not for me, I've decided.
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Folksingmagic,

Speaking as someone who places among their career highlights appearing naked on top of a sub trunk (I had the decency to keep my shoes on, though), I am unlikely to find anything offensive in a pair of comedy knickers (insert your own joke here) and think only the most bizarrely puritanical person would.

My problem with the effect is that the premise isn't funny, except in the way I described in my earlier post.

I've just noticed, though, that your intention, folksingmagic, was to use it as a routine for kids. I hadn't considered it was for children, and I can see that, for a circus clown type of character, maybe 6 year olds would find the premise funny.

But for adults, which is the context I've seen it performed in... I just can't see it.

The offer of happily receiving a verbal beating over this from enthusiasts of the routine is still open. Smile

Neal.
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I have used it numerous times, and get a great reaction. I think it depends on how you handle the part prior to the last reveal. You really need to sell the fact that the rope has more than two ends, so the final reveal is funny, yes, but not the whole premise of the trick.
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Maybe you suck at performing....just kidding. No, but seriously, adults are just slow.
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