Patter for magicians: 1945


12 Responses to “Patter for magicians: 1945”

  1. PeaceLove says:

    “Please hold out your hand, son. No, the clean one.” [Pause for laffs] “Oh, that was the clean one!” [Big laffs]

    Sadly, many magicians still use those kinds of crappy lines to this day.

    I note many of the one-liners above have now been lifted wholesale and applied to rock guitarists, jazz musicians, poets, mimes or other members of maligned entertainment categories.

    • Oskar says:

      I have no idea what you’re talking about, this stuff is gold!

    • Nonentity says:

      I’ve actually gotten a fair bit of laughs with the “no, the clean one” line… and the momentary confusion it always causes in the target is great for throwing off someone who is carefully watching for misdirections.

      Of course, I wouldn’t want to use it as anything more than a throwaway sidetrack to the actual patter, with a small close-up group… or as part of an imitation ’40s-style heckling-magician-comedy routine.

    • Just_Ok says:

      Yes, mime patter is so

  2. Paul Daniels’ Bible.

  3. pjcamp says:

    Ok, now I’m dreaming of a Magician’s Woodstock where they all get up on stage and do different tricks with the exact same patter.

    I think I’d pay money to see that.

  4. AnonymousCoward says:


    In case anyone is interested, the full book is available for free download from the National Library of Australia at the following links*

    book information

    direct pdf download (~6mb)

    I had many a chuckle from the full text.

    * Please note that I downloaded fine from within Australia, unaware if there is a geo-lock on the site or anything like that… 

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