by alphamonkey on May 17, 2006 · 10 comments
While my feelings about magic are pretty well documented, I have to say that this guy hits the nail on its sparkly, overly melodramatic head.
Reminds me of Job from Arrested Development…
He was awesome!!
Conan did this EXACT same bit about 3 years ago. Is this from Conan? If not this dude totally ripped of Mr. O’Brien. That ain’t cool.
It’s from a Belgian TV show. I don’t know how old it is.
As for being a Conan bit, I mean c’mon…who hasn’t done the ‘I’ll open the doors with my mind’ thing?
I’m a part time comedy writer so I just get a little touchy when it comes to what appears to be joke thievery, it’s sort of a hot button issue with me. That’s why I posted in the first place. I will not disagree that there are thousands of very similar themes and ideas that are repeated, well, repeatedly throughout the comedy realm. My point here is that, sure we all do little bits with our friends to make them laugh, the only difference here is that this bit was taken to the next level and put on international television via the Conan show. It would be a silly argument to get into about ideas everyone has had that comedians talk about in their acts. That is why we laugh at jokes, because we have all thought about that stuff already, the comedian has just taken basic common themes and fasioned them into a routine. And here is my belabored point. Conan did this exact same bit years ago, and I mean exactly the same bit, so I get a little upset when somebody allegedly steals good ideas whether it was intentional or not. And who knows, maybe Conan copied from this guy, without any proof of time place or anything it is an impossible argument and a waste of time to even talk about. Man this is a long post. Sorry.
I dunno, man. It was funny, it made fun of magicians, I posted it. That’s as far as it goes for me.
Haha, one of my biggest fears of ever doing stand-up is that I’m going to come up with some joke that has been done before and people are going to tell me I stole it and I’ll have no defense. Sometimes I’ll think of a GREAT but OBVIOUS joke and be like “No way, someone HAS to have done that already…”
As per magic, I too loathe the “art”. To me, magic is just an overdramatic grandious prank. “Haha, I learned how to do something you can’t and I’m lording it over you as if I’m a fucking god.” I just fucking hate it. So when I clicked on monkey’s rant, I was like “Yes, someone else to indentify with.”
But then he dissed on Magic (the card game, which I love) and I was all “Awwww, from total agreement to total disagreement in one sentence.”
Oh c’mon. Repeating ideas isn’t a recent concept. Anyone remember how Lucas got his inspiration from japanese movie Hidden Fortress for Star Wars? What about radio serials? Kurosawa? Or even Tolkien? Anyone notice the striking similarity between the journey of self-discovery by Luke Skywalker being assisted by a ‘crazy old wizard’ named Obi-Wan bare similarity to Frodo’s journey with Gandalf? Or how about Neo and the Oracle? How about Kurosawa’s influence? Anyone realize that the influence for Boba Fett & the Rocketeer are the same? I’m fairly sure the Magnificent Seven and the Seven Samurai are probably related to each other idea-wise. People seem to forget that there is nothing, and I’ll say it again, there is nothing new in the world today. Everything you see around you is an improvement upon an old idea. Even something as ‘innovative’ as a Segway is just a gyroscopically balance scooter as its most basic core. Even the internet isn’t new. Think about what it is – a conglomeration of different mediums combined into one. First it was pictures on canvas, then it was moving pictures, then it was moving pictures with sound, etc. It needs to be understood that it’s not the idea itself that makes something cool or not; it’s how the idea is presented in new, fresh, and inventive ways. Who cares if David Blaine can hold his breath in a watery prison? Houdini was doing these tricks before Blaine’s dad was a twinkle in his granddad’s eye. But if Blaine can show the same trick with more dramatic flair, let’em do it even if Blaine is a prententious prick. It’s all about presentation.
I have to say, illusions and sleight of hand would have to be the last thing I’d expect anybody to develop a dislike of, let alone to the level you have. It’s almost as illogical as hating special effects in movies. It’s just magic, for crying out loud! Did you get your nose stolen one too many times as a child or something?
Did you get your nose stolen one too many times as a child or something?
AND THEY NEVER GAVE IT BACK!
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