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Two have been mentioned that hit my funny bone: Tommy Cooper (I occasionally get out his television shows DVD) and Mac King. They both show such an amazing sense of timing, while having worlds apart personae. I also have a particular granddaughter (6 years old) who cracks me up when she imitates ‘Pop’.
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David Williamson, Bill Malone and Carl Ballantyne are the funniest to me.

Not only they are good at sleight of hand but they're really good entertainers. 
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John Carney as Mr. Mystic! Absolutely Hilarious! Check out his intimate parlor show if you ever get the chance. You will not regret it. 
Classic slight of hand and classic magic routines done right. 
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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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For me, it’s Bill Malone.

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For me, it’s Bill Malone.


Whenever I see a Malone performance I am reminded how good he is at the entertaining part of magic.  He is obviously one of the best technically, but his humor is very good also.

There is a certain genius behind when he does the "Bill - MA - LONE" chant.  I don't think anyone is going to forget his name later.  Priceless.
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Saw David Stone last month and the guy was hilarious! One of the funniest magic performances I've seen. I'm a fan. 

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Saw David Stone last month and the guy was hilarious! One of the funniest magic performances I've seen. I'm a fan. 

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Anthony, was David funny in a similar way that Tommy Wonder was funny?  If not, how would you describe his humor?
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Anthony, was David funny in a similar way that Tommy Wonder was funny?  If not, how would you describe his humor?


Hm. Difficult to put into words after passage of a month...

He was comedy club funny. He constructed his show with set-ups, punchlines, and callbacks. Even so, it was, without any doubt, a magic show. There was lots of magic, so much in fact, that it never seemed to stop, coming at the oddest moments and from the oddest directions. The audience, a mixture of probably half magicians and half laypeople, were mesmerized by the magic and rendered helpless with laughter at the comedy and humor.

His was a well-crafted, sharply honed performance, obviously the result of years of work. His public performance was quite different from his lecture earlier in the day. There was humor in the lecture, to be sure, but he obviously adapted a far more manic persona for the public. It worked. This guy is a real performer.

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Hm. Difficult to put into words after passage of a month...

He was comedy club funny. He constructed his show with set-ups, punchlines, and callbacks. Even so, it was, without any doubt, a magic show. There was lots of magic, so much in fact, that it never seemed to stop, coming at the oddest moments and from the oddest directions. The audience, a mixture of probably half magicians and half laypeople, were mesmerized by the magic and rendered helpless with laughter at the comedy and humor.

His was a well-crafted, sharply honed performance, obviously the result of years of work. His public performance was quite different from his lecture earlier in the day. There was humor in the lecture, to be sure, but he obviously adapted a far more manic persona for the public. It worked. This guy is a real performer.

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Thanks Anthony.  Good detail.  I've heard a podcast that he did many years ago and he was very interesting to listen to.  At that time his English was good but he spoke with a heavy accent.  I'm thinking it is likely better now.  That was 2012, I think.  

Tommy Wonder was never overtly funny but he created great humor out of situations that presented themselves.  It sounds like Mr. Stone is a little more overtly funny.
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...his English was good but he spoke with a heavy accent.


While he does have an accent, he also speaks with a pronounced lisp.

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While he does have an accent, he also speaks with a pronounced lisp.

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That is what he sounded like on the podcast, but he was perfectly understandable.
He is definitely a class act.
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How about Juan Tamariz?
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Paco, I think this harkens back to the discussion as to whether you laugh due to something funny or to a mysterious occurrence.

Some magicians are overtly funny and create laughter.  I don't typically think of Juan in those terms.  Yes, his manic (at times) style can cause laughter, but I think most of the laughter he generates comes from the way he so completely fools people.

He is not on my list of magicians that make me laugh.  Probably because my list is more made up of the other kind of "funny".
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Paco, I think this harkens back to the discussion as to whether you laugh due to something funny or to a mysterious occurrence.

Some magicians are overtly funny and create laughter.  I don't typically think of Juan in those terms.  Yes, his manic (at times) style can cause laughter, but I think most of the laughter he generates comes from the way he so completely fools people.

He is not on my list of magicians that make me laugh.  Probably because my list is more made up of the other kind of "funny".


I see. Probably I didn't understand exactly the sense of making laugh in magic shows. In that case I would conconsider Dani DaOrtiz, Jay Sankey and Doc Eason as one of the magicians that definitely make me laugh.

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Zabrecky. My favorite kind of humor in movies is good banter and the understated with  bits of irony or surrealism. I thought Zabrecky's trick where he has an audience member pick one large index card out four and they have to do whatever the cards have written on them. Of course, the one the volunteer picks the one that says "HUG" and when Zabrecky hugs them and flashes that all of the other cards have "KILL" written on them, oh man that cracked me up.
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Zabrecky. My favorite kind of humor in movies is good banter and the understated with  bits of irony or surrealism. I thought Zabrecky's trick where he has an audience member pick one large index card out four and they have to do whatever the cards have written on them. Of course, the one the volunteer picks the one that says "HUG" and when Zabrecky hugs them and flashes that all of the other cards have "KILL" written on them, oh man that cracked me up.


Mr. Z is a true original. His character is odd, yet oddly relatable, and his choice of material perfectly fits. His humor is often oblique, and the sinister undercurrent provides the audience with just the right amount of discomfort to allow for relieved laughter at the reveals. The Tom Stone routine you mention is the perfect example Z's ability and instincts. I'd love to see him live.

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I see. Probably I didn't understand exactly the sense of making laugh in magic shows. In that case I would conconsider Dani DaOrtiz, Jay Sankey and Doc Eason as one of the magicians that definitely make me laugh.


Nah, if Juan makes you laugh, then he makes you laugh. For me, his humor is overshadowed by his technical and audience management skills. He's playful and flirtatious without crossing the "me too" line, and his humor far more self-deprecating than directed at spectators.

Good call on Doc! After seeing you mention him it's remarkable that his name hasn't come up in this thread before now. Made me think of Bob Sheets, one of Doc's mentors. Bob was hilarious when I saw him many moons ago, and doubtless still is today.

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Mr. Z is a true original. His character is odd, yet oddly relatable, and his choice of material perfectly fits. His humor is often oblique, and the sinister undercurrent provides the audience with just the right amount of discomfort to allow for relieved laughter at the reveals. The Tom Stone routine you mention is the perfect example Z's ability and instincts. I'd love to see him live.

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Zabrecky is a good example of presentation over method. I figured out his drawing pictures trick, the one where there are four volunteers and he has to match the drawings to the person, while I was watching it. Still really funny.

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Nah, if Juan makes you laugh, then he makes you laugh. For me, his humor is overshadowed by his technical and audience management skills. He's playful and flirtatious without crossing the "me too" line, and his humor far more self-deprecating than directed at spectators.


Juan Tamariz started appearing on Spanish TV as a "children magician," in a regular TV show where I first saw him doing magic. I was 7 years old at that time and fell in love with card magic. I remember him as a very funny magician, maybe because I was a child and he performed for children. It seemed (and seem) to me a really hilarious close up magician.
My first performances in front of my family members was imitating him (with the air violin include), until I started developing my own style as I was growing up.

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While he does have an accent, he also speaks with a pronounced lisp.

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His speech is impeded by a hearing loss.
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His speech is impeded by a hearing loss.


Wasn't aware of the hearing loss. His intro, obviously self-written, was simply, "Our next performer is from France, and he speaks with a lisp." David then used his lisp as a self-deprecating comedic bit more than once during the show. At one point he said, and I paraphrase, that in France, having a lisp was known as "hair on the tongue", but that when he was speaking English he felt as if he had an entire head of hair... as he appeared to spit out a blonde wig! It was a great bit!

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I'm a little late for this party, but three magicians who really make me laugh are: Mac King, Jeff Hobson and Chad Chesmark.
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