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Tricks that Work (Jokes that Work)

by Silbermintz, Moses

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(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Comedy
Media Type: Book
Publisher: Magic Apple
Publication Summary: 2012, 44 pages
Format: Paperback

Product Description


This is a great softbound book full of great jokes and even better magic tricks! It has a bunch of easy to perform magic tricks that don't require any crazy props or gimmicks. These tricks contain stuff you already have!

Effects with pencils, phones, cards and other 'everyday' objects.

The other half of the book is full of funny jokes and one-liners. Perfect jokes for Emcees, hecklers and more. You'll also learn performance tips and hints to giver both your magic and comedy a getter impact!

"You can always call on Mervin for a clever joke."
- Jay Leno
Marvin was a past head writer of the Tonight Show with jay Leno!

About 10 Magic tricks and OVER 100 JOKES!!

Pages: 44 - 8.5" x 5.5" - Softcover Perfect bound - Black and white illustrations
Date Added: Feb 21st, 2012
MLA SKU: 4f434f04aefc1


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Official Review

September 22nd, 2012 10:18pm
Reviewed by Jeff Stone

This isn't the best book on the market, but for the low price of $14.95, you might find something worth it to you.

It's two books in one . . . you have to turn the book over and flip it upside down to read the second half. One half is 10 tricks that range from kind of ok to pretty darn good.

The second half is full of (in my opinion) pretty weak jokes with a handful of "ok" jokes here and there. Many of them are just groaners, but humor, of course, is very relative, so I'm going to withold the majority of my commentary on the humor. But let me give you a sample of the so called "humor":

if your volunteer has a piercing in her nose, [say] "You have something on your nose. Right here. Oh, it's jewelry. Sorry."

A real side-splitter, eh? Remember, this stuff was written by Moses Silbermintz who also wrote for Jay Leno . . . I'll let you write your own joke for that one.

However, since this site is about MAGIC, let's focus on the magic portion... [Read More]

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Official Review

June 1st, 2014 6:58pm
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
I have no idea how to rate or review this book. It's a joke book and a magic book printed back-to-back. On one side is a collection of one-liners that feel like they were written for a by-gone era and when you turn it over its a collection of magic that falls in the beginners category. I can’t figure out who the audience is for this tome which is the reason for my dilemma.

Perhaps if we look at each half separately, it may help....

“Jokes That Work” is a collection of one-liners and old school jokes. They range from insensitive to insulting to just plain bad. Let me give you an example: a woman assistant completes a task correctly and the response is “You're very smart. I hate that in a woman.” Another is a response to a cell phone going off, the suggestion is to point and yell “Booty Call!” Classy stuff.

“Magic That Works” is about a dozen tricks that all fall in the beginners category. The explanations are well written and adequately credited. Nothing... [Read More]

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