Tonight on one of those cable channels few people watch I saw a show called "Inside The Actor's Studio" and the guest was Robin Williams. Robin was in top form, and for two hours he did the crazed, stream-of-conciousness, off-the-top-of-his-head routines which characterize his unique approach to performance art.
What struck me was how blue he worked. He was so blue I think Lenny Bruce would have been embarrased, yet he got away with it and the mixed male and female audience received him very warmly. I think it takes a special
talent to make that happen.
It got me to thinking about blue patter and magic. I realized that the only blue magic I was aware of was a couple of Amazing Jonathan performances I saw on network TV, which basically featured "adolescent" blue humor in general, fart jokes; the "Hotel Mystery" card trick, which is very tame, and Doc Eason's "Kate and Edith" which is also pretty tame and which belongs to another guy I can't think of at the moment.
Just as an exercise, I tried to think of standard tricks which would be amenable to very blue patter, not that I would do such a thing, but it's late night. Right? So I thought I would post and see what you would come up with.
My votes go to:
Professors Nightmare (size; length)
Gemini Twins (sorry, Bro. John)
Sandwich Effects (use your imagination
and knowledge of court cards)
Sponge Balls (anything with balls)
Cannibal Cards (I can't think of any
thing but you will)
Collectors (I can think of something
but you won't)
You get the idea. Feel free to extrapolate.
Oh, by the way, I forgot, I remember Don Alan had some raunchy patter for cig thru quarter.