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Postby Pete Biro » 01/23/03 07:04 PM

This was culled from the archives, and thought you might enjoy...

Reminds me of a gag I used to do (with a friend or two) when I was
much, much younger.
If you are in an elevator with a couple of buddies, going down to the
lobby... LAY ON THE FLOOR. When the door opens, if there are people
waiting to get on, slowly get up saying 'BOY THAT WAS THE QUICKEST
STOPPING ELEVATOR I'VE EVER BEEN ON.'
Some guys I told it about the other night came up with an improvement
(they said they would do it this way) "Hey, we'll all get up on the
railing and when the door opens fall to the
floor!!!
Ah, drunken
youthful nuts!

This is corny now, but years ago I did this in hotel
room parties. I wouldj walk in with my ever-present camera around my
neck and say, "Can I take your Pictures?" They would say "sure" so I
would just walk around the room and take the pictures hanging, off the
wall and walk out the door with them.

Did this in Bill and Irene Larsen's suite! :D
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Postby Pete Biro » 01/23/03 07:08 PM

At a convention some years ago, Jay Marshall and I were having lunch waiting for Mike Caldwell. We were going to think up some gags to pull during one of the shows.

Just before Mike arrived the waitress spilled a plate of spaghetti.

Mike walked in, saw the mess on the floor, and as he approached, very near the spilled spaghetti, he DID HIS FLIP!

(A 340 lb. guy flipping in the air and landing flat on his back if you didn't know Mike).

Of courese we knew it was a gag, but the waitress screamed and nearly had a heart attack!

Them wuz the daze... :p :D :rolleyes:
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Postby Pete Biro » 01/23/03 07:09 PM

A small group of us were in a restaurant in Paris during the FISM... we saw Fred Kaps coming in.

One of our group was smoking, so I said, "Let's each take a big puff and when Kaps gets here we'll be smoking our thumbs!" :cool:
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Postby Pete Biro » 01/23/03 07:11 PM

Kaps and I were in a restaurant... Goshman approaches, Kaps says, "Albert, have you eaten?"

Goshman pointed to food all over his shirt front and answered, "Can't you tell?"

That was Albert... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Postby Pete Biro » 01/23/03 07:13 PM

Did you know that before Goshman became a magician he was not only a baker (made bagels in NY) but a "kidnapper."

What is a "kidnapper?"

One who goes door to door and photographs children. Albert was a pretty good photographer in his day. :)
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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 01/24/03 10:44 AM

These are terrific. I hope you'll post more !! Thanks.
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Postby Philippe Noël » 01/25/03 08:12 AM

So do I.Thanks.
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