"If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" is a poor excuse for a lack of creativity, in my opinion.Originally posted by David Alexander:
A bit is not hackneyed if the audience has not seen it numerous times, or if they saw it once years before and forgot it.
Bill only wrote the second half of that line, and actually has registered trademarks for both "just be glad I'm not a wizard" and "aren't you glad I'm not a wizard".Originally posted by Mark Collier:
Bill Palmer wrote, "I'm a magician and I'm going to magish....you should be glad I'm not a wizard!".
I'll go into a trance--you won't notice the difference
Worst trick, definitely Floating Cane, almost acceptable when Brahma or Peter Pit performed it but otherwise-ugh! I was surprised when Ken Brooke did it but he had his reason.
Hillarious. I hope you don't mind if I use it for the next 30 or so years.Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Danny is right. Like I have said before... I have used a lot of stuff out of Orben, but CHANGE the references... you have to bring them up to date.
Example: The oldest known joke in written history goes back to the crusades. It has be re-written for each succeeding war.
Soldier's leg is blown off. His pal picks him up and tosses him over his shoulder to get him back to the medics. While going back a shell blows the guys head off.
When the soldier brings him into the medics and they put him on a cot, the medic says, "why did you bring this guy in, he's dead, his head has been blown off?"
The guy replies, "The liar, he told me it was his leg."
It's used here as well, but with (usually) David Copperfield's name substituted in.Originally posted by Jon Allen:
"If you enjoyed the magic, my name's (your name)... if not, it's Paul Daniels." (Is this a British line or is it a cliche over in the US and other countries too?)
Another bad habit line like this is "What we're gonna do is..."Originally posted by John Signa:
Not quite a line...
"I want you to..."
Almost always superflous and frequently overused.