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Bob Sanders
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Has anyone tried using old Andy Griffith story routines with magic?

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Could you explain? I remember Mayberry and the Andy Griffith show but I am not familiar with any Andy Griffith story routines. Or are you talking about a different Andy Griffith.


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Bob here is a good place to start, this study was a huge success in our church.

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I've never heard of anyone doing it but it is very interesting to me. Could possibly be the theme of an entire show. I remember my mom and dad watching reruns all the time and think this would be fun.
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Bob,

Good food for thought.

I know the stories you are talking about. ("What it was, was football.") It predates the Mayberry days when he was a stand up comedian.

It is an interesting proposition. It is somewhat like taking a fairy tale and creating magic around it.

The problem I see with the Griffith material is that it is a series of jokes within a story format. Each joke is, in its own way, a climax. Themeing a routine to match those punch lines would be a daunting task indeed.

An alternative would be to use the stories in conjunction with a specific effect that has a long lead time. Billy McComb's Gypsy Thread is the best example I can think of. He pulled out the thread and told a joke. He unwound some thread and told a joke. He unwound some more thread and told another joke. And so on.

The jokes did not necessarily point up the magic, but entertained while what is essentially some pretty mundane action takes place.

Docc Hilford does (or did) something similar with his newspaper tear. He plays some "beat" background music, recites a poem about someone being killed in a truck wreck or some semi-dark event, and does a pretty standard Slydini style newspaper tear. The mind is trying to engage both the spoken word and the action. It is this incongruity of word with the actual action taking place that creates tension and heightens audience attention. Here a story is used to create interest during mundane action.

The one question I would ask might go back to the ethics of using someone's, Griffith's, material in your act. It might be a good idea to use it as a starting point and move on from there.

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The old Andy Griffith stand-up routines KILLED, but I'm not sure Magic would add anything to them. Then again, I'd love to see someone do this and prove me wrong, if they can pull this off it would be a lot of fun.
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Well... how about the episode dogs, dogs, dogs....multiplying sponge dogs.... Opie and the birds "winkin, blinkin and Nod" vanishing from the bird cage and appearing in a tree. Th ghost of nek tekii tekii ( the items bought at the police aution in Mt Pilot foretelling the future... the episode with earnest t bass vanishing from the locked jail cell only to break a glass window and then reappear in the cell. This is all I could come up with in 3 minutes sorry
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Barneyfife, I don't think Bob was talking about plots from the TV series. I'm pretty sure he was referring to the old narrative (what today would be called standup) routines Andy Griffith started out his career doing, as a country comedian.
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