Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon 2010

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Postby Doug Thornton » 09/06/10 02:56 PM

I watched a bit last night and this morning, but only caught a few singers, comedian George Wallace and Charo. (And what would the year be like without seeing one performance by Charo?) But, were there any magicians?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/06/10 03:02 PM

I didn't even realize it was on! Been many years since I watched it.
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Postby David Alexander » 09/06/10 03:40 PM

Blackstone, Jr did it several times as I recall.
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Postby David Oliver » 09/06/10 08:41 PM

Happened to turn it on this morning, saw Lance doing a pre-taped segment with the Princess Card Trick. "I may have found your card by magic, but you can do REAL magic by making a pledge..." and so on. Short, clean and to the point.
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Postby Gord » 09/06/10 08:45 PM

I actually watched the opening last night after at least a decade of not seeing any. I was planning on watching quite a bit, but then Jerry made a Nazi joke and I sort of lost interest.

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Postby David Oliver » 09/06/10 09:07 PM

Gord, you should have stayed tuned-in through today. Although I didn't hear his Nazi joke, I DID watch Jerry try to get himself out of trouble, after an off-handed comment about him having to watch porn because he's too old for "hankey pankey." Then he introduced singer Taylor Dayne, who was obviously flustered. It all started with a rant about being 84 years old. In case you missed it (and I'm sure many people did), here's a link I just found (although it plays out of sync a bit).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIJQbSl7tr0

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/06/10 09:28 PM

Jerry Lewis needs to be AWAY from TV cameras since he can no longer control what he says and is sometimes irrational. The guy is 84, so he no longer has anything to prove and only a reputation to destroy (assuming you thought he had talent in the first place, which I never did).
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Postby AJM » 09/12/10 10:08 PM

Just saw him today for the first time in ages - he was guesting on an episode of Law & Order: SVU.

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Postby Edward » 09/12/10 11:08 PM

Does this remind you of a has been magician/memory expert? I think he has past his prime. Every time he shows up he dinegrates himself.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/13/10 12:02 AM

No, not in the slightest.
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Postby Q. Kumber » 09/13/10 08:16 AM

Just because you are past your prime, doesn't necessarily mean that you are no longer good or don't have something to offer.

For example John Calvert is certainly physically past his prime but still exudes more charisma and showmanship than 99.9% of magicians.
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Postby Paul Gordon » 09/13/10 09:27 AM

I know MANY old/older performers who are (were, when still around) still in fine/brilliant fettle:

1) Sinatra in his late 70's was still great. I saw him 18 times from 1975 to 1992. The 1992 concert was better than the 1975 one!
2) Maurice Chevalier
3) Mark Raffles (90?)
4) Dai Vernon (97?)
5) George Burns (100)
6) Bob Hope (100)
7) Harry Lorayne (early 80's)
8) Jazz greats improve (imho) with age: Ellington, Basie, Armstrong...
9) Billy McComb
10) Slydini
11) Marlene Dietrich (90?)

Others???

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Postby AJM » 09/13/10 12:26 PM

Don't forget our very own Brucie who, in his 80's, still presents a live Saturday night prime time show on the Beeb.
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Postby Paul Gordon » 09/13/10 12:48 PM

Oh yes, Bruce Forsyth; the mighty atom.

And...

Des O'Connor (very young for 81)
Andy Williams (83)
and...Paul Gordon (amazing for 48) :grin:
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