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Mind Phantom

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Who is  your pick for your funniest magician ? I'll give you my picks later on, so who are they ? And what makes them funny ?

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I think Matt Fore is hilarious. I really like his magic too. I think he is real pro.
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I have only recently discovered Hannibal the Magician and Kyle Eschen. What I like about them both (especially Hannibal), is that they are not re-inventing the wheel. It's all very basic stuff, but their delivery is their show. Also, they are both funny for very different reasons.
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No contest for me.

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Bill Malone always makes me laugh.  
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David Williamson and Michael Finney.

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Bill Malone and David Williamson.
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If you haven't seen it, check out Master Paynes Coin in Bottle routine. It is both hilarious and brilliant.


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Another vote for Williamson and Hannibal, I love to watch Pop Haydn a consummate professional and funny.
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Jeff Hobson.
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Dani DaOrtiz brings me joy. Watching him work is wonderful. I laugh, certainly, but it's the smiles and joy that matter most to me.

Runners up: Piff the Magic Dragon.Doc Eason. And though I haven't seen him in awhile, Bob Sheets was and probably still is hilarious.

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Malone, Sheets, Williamson, Sankey, Lovell, Greenbaum
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Gazzo and The Amazing Jonathan...
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In no particular order:

Bob Read...hands down one of the funniest magicians I have ever seen. Even at his lecture he had us all rolling on the floor. 
Mac King
Terry Seabrooke
The Amazing Jonathan
Steve Martin
Bob Little

And I don't know what makes a person funny.  Some folks just are.

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Malone, Mullica, Cooper, Finney, Green.
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Nobody cracks me up as much as the late, great Tommy Cooper.

Among the living, I like Bill Malone's humor (although I personally could never pull it off, since my personality is totally different from his).

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Malone and Williamson.

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Daortiz and Williamson
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Bill Malone & Mac King are hilarious & very talented.
Alot of Malone's jokes are "spur-of-the-moment" type. He improvises quickly. Mac King is an extremely good guy who I learned my very first good card trick from.
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David Williamson is the only magician who has truly made me laugh out loud. He's one of my favorites!

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Although I never saw him in person, watching Eddie Fechter perform on an old VHS tape is always entertaining to me. He often joined his patrons by sitting with them at their table dressed in a V-neck t-shirt which exposed his burley, tattooed arms. The folks he entertained were hard working blue collar workers who needed to unwind with a few cold beers and if they were lucky, a few card tricks from Eddie.

Listening to the patrons laugh while he performed wasn't a result of an intentional script, but more so to his enduring and likable personality which lent itself naturally to the funny quips and wisecracks he brilliantly weaved into his performances...at least by what I interpret when watching these grainy old tapes.

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Of those I've seen, I have to say Bill Malone for his "nonchalant" style of comedy, Jay Sankey because he's just always trying, and Charlie Frye because, well, he's Charlie Frye. I also have to throw in David Kaye.

That being said, I'm gonna keep an eye on this thread for more ideas.
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Mac King does a fine job of making me laugh.
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I'm going to add another name from the past who doesn't seem to get recognized a lot these days...Don Alan.
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After attending the Penguin MAXX event in Atlanta over the weekend I am putting Gazzo at the top of my list!

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"I'm going to add another name from the past who doesn't seem to get recognized a lot these days...Don Alan."


Here is another name from the past....Al Koran,
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I love all the “old-timers” … their magic, as well as their wisecracks.  But one unfortunate thing is that in many cases their sense of humor would probably be considered offensive in today’s PC-mad world.


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I love all the “old-timers” … their magic, as well as their wisecracks.  But one unfortunate thing is that in many cases their sense of humor would probably be considered offensive in today’s PC-mad world.



A very tricky subject to be sure. A very funny friend of mine gave me a tip on it. She said to make sure whatever I did it wasn't 'punching down'. I.e. making fun of a group that gets marginalized in everyday society. TBH, while I enjoy the crude stuff, it's not really my character to be making those jokes anyway.
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Those youtube videos of Del Ray in Tannen's 1983 Jubilee had me in stitches as well as completely fooled. found on this thread 

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/show_single_post?pid=1302998569&postcount=1&forum=512002
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Humour can be developed, but much of it is about personality - some guys just have it, and others just don't.  

Some of my favourites include names already mentioned, including Bill Malone, David Williamson, and Mac King.

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After this weekend, I have to say Levent, David Kaye and Paul Richards all very funny and very magical.
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David Blaine is just so awkward it makes me laugh, his non-emotions are somehow really funny to me. 
I also love David Williamson as a lot of people have said. 
I also go on youtube just to watch cringey magicians
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I saw Penn & Teller in Vegas... I was in tears, just brilliant.

Last month, I saw David Williamson and John Carney at the Castle... Carney is hilarious but Williamson is just remarkably funny and outlandish..

I also caught Piff at the Castle the same week, all I knew was he wore a dragon suit... Afterward, I felt as though I’d performed 1,000 sit ups, so funny!
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Ardan James is one that has had me in tears even after watching many times.

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Finney
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Comedian Greg Travis as David Sleaze the Punk Magician.. it’s part of a comedy act, but me and my friends were rolling on the floor and hyperventilating the first time we saw it.

Caution: uses LOTS of profanity.
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Harrison Greenbaum - he had us gasping for breath at Monday Night Magic last year.
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So thrilled that Rudy and I will be seeing Pop Haydn at the World Famous Magic Castle in July.😆
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David Williamson and Bill Malone are the funniest to me.

Not only they are good at sleight of hand but they're really good entertainers. 
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Heba Haba Al always used to make me laugh. I miss him.
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I love Topper Martyn
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Another vote for Mac King

Not just from his on stage show but in his personal conversation, not even dealing with magic. He is a comedian and alot smarter, than he portrays in his character.

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After seeing them in the Peller theatre ‘The Charlatans’ were hilarious. Pop Haydn, saw him too same night still top of my list.
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Simon Lovell.  It was at a Midwest Magic Jubilee and I almost cried I was laughing so hard.  He was playing to magicians and was tailoring his humor accordingly and he killed.
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The World's Greatest Magician, Carl Ballantine.
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David Williamson and Michael Finney.



Michael Finney is hilarious.  I watched his cut-and-restored rope recently and his presentation killed.
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I see I commented here a little over a year ago… David Williamson, Piff, Penn and Teller still top my list.

A couple months ago I caught Mac King’s matinee at Harrah’s in Vegas.

At the meet and greet after the performance, Mac confessed it was not his best show… He was in a temporary theater… The crowd was rather small and there were precocious, unattended children in the front row mouthing off.

He was so brilliantly funny, keenly improvisational and the magic was perfection. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing more than once… Despite his admission that the conditions were subpar, It was evident that a real professional rises to the occasion.
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I discovered recently the great Harry Houdidn't... 


 

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What a quirky character!  Thanks for sharing as I had never heard of him.  It shows that even with a stooge the act can be very entertaining.
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