Sign up Latest Topics Chat
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
John Cowne

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 417
Reply with quote  #1 
I was thinking of names we give for various ‘characters’ in our Magic repertoires, if that’s a direction you’ve ever taken. For example my ‘World’s strongest flea’ is Errol, and I’m now contemplating my cartoon magician in ‘Card-Toon’. I think I’ll go with ‘Bruce’ (a wonderful old friend) or ‘Tim’ (nod to Monty Python).

It got me wondering if you think there are inherently funny names. I sort of doubt it , but was wondering what tickles people’s funny bones. If you have names for certain characters in your personal magic compendium, how did they come about? If that is a jealously guarded secret, perhaps just sharing a principle.

I know this is EXTREMELY subjective, so take the exercise seriously ... or not.

0
Magic Harry

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 409
Reply with quote  #2 
Frank Garcia in his routine for McDonald’s $100 Aces in Stars of Magic had a name for his gambling character in his patter story, Farky Hollis. It stuck in my mind because I thought it was just so silly.
Magic Harry

__________________
Harry Damareck
0
Chi Han

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 1,084
Reply with quote  #3 
I always thought most names with a double b were funny. Not sure why. Bubba, Libby, Dobby. Something about that double b....

Not sure how that might fit into magic, but my friends and I once jammed the idea of doing an entire show about an unknown magician named Howard Stun. The premise of the trick was we would announce that we would reveal for the first time Howard Stun. Then we'd do a trick and a pseudo explanation before saying, everyone thinks that's Howard Stun, but that's not Howard Stun! with the reveal being a poster of Howard Stun (being myself with a moustache), then doing a quick change to add the moustache, and reveal to the audience that the last half hour was just the same pun over and over.
0
chris w

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 642
Reply with quote  #4 
Well, Simon Aronson had Mergel Funsky... http://www.mergelfunsky.com/
0
Tom Kracker

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 469
Reply with quote  #5 
When I was much younger, I had a routine that I did with a small stuffed rhinoceros.  I named it Fnorky.  I can't recall how I ever came up with that name.  No thought process or anything, it just came to me and I used it.

Tom

__________________
"How can I help you do your job better?"
-T. Kracker
0
John Cowne

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 417
Reply with quote  #6 
'Fnorky' ... that's funny - don't know why!
0
Zero

Avatar / Picture

Member
Registered:
Posts: 36
Reply with quote  #7 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inherently_funny_word

 

I assume the same rules apply for names?

0
arthur stead

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 1,047
Reply with quote  #8 

Funny names have always been a big hit in my shows!  For example:  

My wife Leslie and I devised a hilarious routine for the Skeleton in the Closet props, with an original custom music track where the skeleton SINGS to you, the performer!  

Leslie thought of the funny names for the three different blocks depicting body parts:  Foot-o-cini, Hipster-ini, and Skull-o-pini. 

Audiences crack up when they hear those, and when the Skelton sings the names every time you mention one of them, they simply howl with laughter!

For birthday parties and family functions, I simply used to call him (the skeleton) Mr. Bones.  But in my own themed school show presentations, I introduce the routine by telling the story of an Italian archeologist who invoked a curse when he entered an ancient Egyptian tomb.  His name was Dr. Enzo Macaroni.  That gets them laughing right off the bat!

If anyone is interested, scroll down this page for more info about Skull-o-pini:

http://www.arthurstead.com/Skull-o-pini.htm

 

 

 

   


__________________
http://www.arthurstead.com
0
RayJ

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 4,003
Reply with quote  #9 
This discussion reminded me of some jokes heard when I was very young...

Popular Book Titles:

'Running to the Outhouse' written by Willy Make-it, published by Betty Won't.
'Monster's Revenge' by Frank N. Stein
'Tiger's Revenge' by Claude Bawls
'Rusty Bed Springs' by I. P. Knightly

There were more, but you get the point.
0
Alan Smithee

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 617
Reply with quote  #10 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RayJ
This discussion reminded me of some jokes heard when I was very young...

Popular Book Title:
'Tiger's Revenge' by Claude Bawls.


I remember that one. It was subtitled "The Memoirs Of a Big Cat Tamer." Claude Bawls is a pseudonym; his real name was Claude Bottom.
0
RayJ

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 4,003
Reply with quote  #11 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alan Smithee


I remember that one. It was subtitled "The Memoirs Of a Big Cat Tamer." Claude Bawls is a pseudonym; his real name was Claude Bottom.


Ah, but the rub is that Claude Bottom eventually clawed his way to the top.
0
Dave Campbell

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 735
Reply with quote  #12 
I worked with a guy that hated giving out his name... like for example at a restaurant. He was that way since he was a kid. So he made up a name "Yodar Kritsch". Whenever someone asked for a name for something that it didn't have to really be his name, that's what he gave. All his friends knew that -- one year for Christmas a bunch got together and gave him one of those desk clock/nameplate things set in lucite -- the name on it was "Yodar Kritsch". He said he was traveling one time and someone needed to contact him. He was in the airport and heard "Yodar Kritsch please pick up the white paging phone" … he KNEW that was for him 😉
__________________

-=Dave=-
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.