How to Describe a Memorable Performance

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Reader Comments (24)

Rick does not appear to be wearing pants.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Hewitt

"He could not escape from the straitjacket of his own incompetence" is now my new favorite expression.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCovarr

You brought up Rick without making fun of him. Isn't there a rule against that or something?

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRay Charbonneau

True story?

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

And now I will incur the pity of the audience! *waves magic wand, nothing happens.* ... Tada?

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterapl0discord

"He could not escape from the straitjacket of his own incompetence"

I shall use this brilliant gem the first thing tomorrow.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Dust Cell

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.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon

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.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom

I would pay to see that act. I might even set foot in Vegas for the privilege. (I hate Vegas.) Meta magic fails ftw.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

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.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Sounds like The Amazing Johnathan. He's a comedian that does a little "magic" but screws it up to be funny.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

Lordy loo! That disdain from Missy in the last panel... @_@

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Armstrong

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.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

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."

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

bottle, glass, glass, bottle. Glass bottle! <laughs>
where was I?

RIP: Tommy Cooper - died on stage - literally - during a performance

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

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!

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMad Dan Eccles

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.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

"Rick does not appear to be wearing pants.
September 19, 2013 | John Hewitt"

Rick does not physically appear in this strip.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheKFV

You mean to tell me the name of the act was not "The Amazing Jenkins"?

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheKFV

@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

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

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.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

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.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I think the main trick in the show was to make the audience disappear!

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStupido Comics

Makes me think of The Amazing Jonathan - albeit his failures are intentional, rather than incompetence.

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStu

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