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Rick does not appear to be wearing pants.
"He could not escape from the straitjacket of his own incompetence" is now my new favorite expression.
You brought up Rick without making fun of him. Isn't there a rule against that or something?
And now I will incur the pity of the audience! *waves magic wand, nothing happens.* ... Tada?
"He could not escape from the straitjacket of his own incompetence"
I shall use this brilliant gem the first thing tomorrow.
It is truly memorable when Rick can mock someone. Great instructions before in comedic value and for improving the way I will talk about memorable performances.
I can get behind this magician's style. Sure, it might get repetitive, but my jokes do that anyway. You can really drag it out -- "Oh wait, wrong pocket!" "Oh my god, they were in that pocket yesterday! I made them disappear... from the future!" "And now, I'll make my cards disappear... 5 minutes in the past!" This stuff really writes itself.
I would pay to see that act. I might even set foot in Vegas for the privilege. (I hate Vegas.) Meta magic fails ftw.
Tommy Cooper was a British TV star whose act was to appear to be a careless, clumsy, and quite often drunk stage magician. The secret seems to have been that he actually was. But he built on it by attempting elaborate tricks that were deliberately certain to go wrong in surprising and amusing ways.
One of his acts was a monologue in which different characters played by him spoke wearing different hats according to their identity, the only reason being so that he could make a shambles of the performance.
Sounds like The Amazing Johnathan. He's a comedian that does a little "magic" but screws it up to be funny.
Lordy loo! That disdain from Missy in the last panel... @_@
Wasn't it Jean-Paul Sartre who said, "we are all trapped by the straightjackets of our own making"?
Or was that Emmett Fitz-Hume?
No, wait, Chevy Chase.
There is more than a single definition of "amazing." And yes, Missy's disdain is something to behold. As my late mentor used to say, "You ordered this pizza."
bottle, glass, glass, bottle. Glass bottle! <laughs> where was I?
RIP: Tommy Cooper - died on stage - literally - during a performance
See also the legendary Chung Ling Soo (not actually Chinese), whose most famous trick was catching a bullet in his teeth. He also died on stage. Literally. Guess how!
First time commenter, Loved your book btw. This was great, I almost thought I would get in trouble at work I was laughing so hard.
I did this at a youth conference I think. I was 16 and a group of us deceided to do a "magic show" at the talent night. Well one Refrigerator box and some spagetti (for guts) later, we sawed a guy in half and ended up with someone else getting out of the box. All in all fun.
"Rick does not appear to be wearing pants.September 19, 2013 | John Hewitt"
Rick does not physically appear in this strip.
You mean to tell me the name of the act was not "The Amazing Jenkins"?
@John Hewitt: Rick is not even in a single one of these panels - how do you know he's not wearing pants?
SCOTT, on the other hand, is wearing WHITE pants. fyi
Well, I suppose if Rick does not appear, then he *by*definition* does not appear wearing pants. I think we called this the trivial solution.
Adding to the Tommy Cooper references: Once Tommy Cooper tucked something into the top pocket of an attendant and said "have a drink on me later". When the attendant checked his pocket later, he found that Cooper had given him a tea bag.Now I'm going to have to go watch old Tommy Cooper videos on You Tube.
I think the main trick in the show was to make the audience disappear!
Makes me think of The Amazing Jonathan - albeit his failures are intentional, rather than incompetence.
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