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scottds80
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This is a hilarious effect which combines a bit of magic with a LOT of comedy. Anybody into comedy should give this a go and lap up the great reactions.

The performer displays two cloth napkins and ties them together by the corners. With whatever patter he decides to use, he either puts the knot in his own trousers or into a volunteers. A pocket may do for some circumstances.

Upon pulling the two napkins out of the trousers, there is a great big set of white underwear between the napkins where the knot was. Very funny, visual and magical.
I fully recommend this for both beginner magicians and professionals alike.
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Yes it is very funny IF you use boxer shorts that are funny and do it to yourself. You'll get lots of arguments from the Mr. Rogers style magicians on this one.
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MagicSanta, can you enlighten us that don't know about the Mr. Rogers style? Thanks.
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On 2007-08-10 03:26, MagicSanta wrote:
Yes it is very funny IF you use boxer shorts that are funny and do it to yourself. You'll get lots of arguments from the Mr. Rogers style magicians on this one.


Yep -- didn't think this one would "fly", but I do it to myself with the "tighty whiteys" jockey shorts, and my wife and friends loved it. My wife keeps asking me to do this one when we have friends over.

The real potential problem with this effect is in making a volunteer look like a fool or embarassing the more prudish.
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This was one of the first tricks ever performed to me when I was a little kid. I still remember it from about 12 years ago, that says something Smile

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Dylan, you're right. That's the sort of thing that makes an effect REALLY worth doing. I bet you would remember that more than some of the biggest large scale illusions you've seen.

I notice you're an Aussie. Which state? I'm from Victoria.
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I had overlooked this trick thinking it was a little old fashioned but as usual I was wrong.

I will practice this as I think it could go down very well.

Dean
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Darkdean just like all magic, and I'm sure you know it, it's all in the presentation skills. The handling is simple. But quality acting is a must!
"Great Scott the Magician", Gippsland
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Mr. Rogers types are magicians who do kids shows but are very gentle and talk softly and never do anything that might be shocking to anyone or cause concern for parents or make the kids laugh too much. Similar to Mr. Rogers the TV character who was popular years ago.
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I also thing that magicsanta is talking about the fact that if you perform this for kids, using a child or teen as the "assistant" (really the victim), it means you have to TOUCH them (which is a NO-NO!) to accomplish it. It will also tend to leave bad feelings and embarassment with the "assistant". Do we (magicians) really want to make that person completely afraid the next time some performer asks them to help? That's what leads to people thinking we steal watches, wallets, use whoopie cushions and embarass people! It may have been a "cool" thing to "perform" when you were 10 for the family, or when the friends visit, but for real performances...don't. And I'm far from being a prude.

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I once performed this at a family home (with lots of guests present).. the father of the household is who I singled out with a lot of encouragement from his daughters. This guy is a shy one.

After performing it ON HIM, he was embarassed and walked straight back with a huge blush. Afterwards, the rest of the family said he loved it and wasn't offended. However, I could tell he felt awkward about it.

So I guess it depends. You should use your own social awareness to figure out if the audience member you chose is a very outgoing person, slow to take offense. Scan your audience wisely for such a volunteer.
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Or just leave it at home and do something that will entertain everybody, including the "victim". Can you imagine what that guy you chose as a volunteer would be thinking the next time he's watching a magic performance and the guy asks for a volunteer? That's the kind of thing we need to avoid. David Williamson slightly abuses the assistant, but counters it with kindness. Jonathan, on the other hand..it's expected of him, and the audience knows it's coming, as does the assistant, so that's alright.

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Does anybody sell this with boxers, or do I have to make my own?
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I made one with panties and I used some hand towels instead of the cloth napkins. It has been funny and good times every time I have performed it.
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Where can I buy this effect from ? Thanks.
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Any magic shop will have these. It's a "staple" comedy item.
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