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Comedy Magician or Funny Magician? A guide to comedy magic

Mac King, Comedy Magician

Some people ask me what the difference is between a comedy magician and a funny magician. Good question. I’ll try to answer it here.

I would say the main difference from a comedy magician to a funny magician is in the intent from the performer.

For instance, when Tommy Cooper was performing, he’d have the emphasis on the comedy part. The magic was never very good. He wasn’t really a good magician (contrary to the popular belief that he was a secretly brilliant magician. He wasn’t). It didn’t really matter that the magic wasn’t great as he was one of the funniest magicians (or people for that matter) that ever lived. It would probably have damaged his act if the magic was amazing too. A bit too much of a mixed message for people. We all loved him because he was a loveable idiot. If he’d have been incredible too, maybe that would have changed how we felt about him? We liked it when his tricks worked, but that’s only because he was as surprised as us.

Comedy Magicians are King

Most of my favourite magicians are comedy magicians. Paul Daniels was definitely a comedy magician. Mac King, who has his own show in Las Vegas, is definitely a comedy magician. Michael Finney is also a comedy magician. Finney and King both let you know by not only what they are wearing, but also the material they perform. Although, unlike Tommy Cooper, they are also great magicians. Paul Daniels used to dress a bit smarter, but was so undeniably funny and brilliant, the comedy used to be as strong as the magic.

Penn & Teller are both funny magicians. The magic comes first, but they are funny too. They are fantastic magicians and the magic is always excellent and very fooling. They have a residency in Las Vegas at The Rio. An amazing show that I’ve seen several times and they fool me, and most magicians a lot. However, the magic is punchy because they are smart and funny. A trick on it’s own is good, but they often have a great, original presentation or angle to make it stand out.

The Magicians Magician

Most magicians get asked who their favourite magician is. The answer is usually disappointing as it’s people that the person hasn’t heard of. For instance, David Williamson is often quoted as a magicians magician. He’s certainly one of the people I looked at when I was younger. He’s a comedy magician with excellent magical technique, really funny and his intent is to make people laugh as much as possible.

Comedy Stage Magician

I would say I’m a funny magician. For me, the magic always comes first and I then try to make it funny and entertaining. Of course, you don’t have to be funny to be a great magician. You could have a brilliant, original character. You could be an amazing technician with beautiful sleight of hand. The scope is endless. The only magic I don’t really like are long story magic (often quite boring) or performers doing standard tricks with no personality or humour (often mind readers!).

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What is the difference between a comedy magician and a funny magician?

The answer is usually intent. Some magicians perform some great magic and are funny. For instance, Derren Brown make me laugh and I would say he is a funny magician. However, he’s definitely not a comedy magician. Paul Daniels was a comedy magician, his act was as much about the comedy as it was about the magic itself.