The question is sometimes raised as to whether bizarre magic can include comedy. Well, I don't see why not - provided it's done properly. After all, the great Ted Annemann, in his full evening show of mentalism, did a cut and restored rope right in the middle of the act. And, by all accounts, it worked. So the following offering combines (or attempts to combine) bizarre magic with comedy.
Effect: The magus relates a story of vampires: "High in the mountains of Pennsylvania - or was it 'Transylvania?' - no matter; high in the mountains, there was a castle that towered over the local village".
"By day, the castle was inhabited by the infamous Count Dracula. (The magus takes out a nine-inch silk with a picture of Count Dracula drawn on it.) The villagers lived in fear of Dracula for, while they could prove nothing, it was rumored that the count possessed supernatural powers, the kind of powers that mere mortals did not even dare to think about".
The magus then
opens his closed left fist, showing that the vampire silk has vanished, to
be replaced by a bat - a tiny baseball bat!
For the bat, I found a baseball bat and ball key chain at a flea market; however, larger craft stores also carry tiny, wooden bats (along with a whole range of other cool stuff that can be adapted to magic). This is one of those routines that is 90 per cent presentation and 10 per cent mechanics. The entire routine - until the punch line - should be done semi-seriously and pompously (even the Pennsylvania-Transylvania gags).
leading the audience in the wrong direction here, so pause and freeze at
the end, when the baseball bat appears, to give them a chance to
understand what has happened and to get the gag.
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