I came across this clip the other day and the guy is a terrible magician….however, I also think there is something rather endearing about him.  What do you think?


  1. It’s painful. I couldn’t watch until the end. I don’t respond well to awkward humor. Glad I know how the disappearing cigarette works now, though.

  2. Something is really wrong with this post: thinking genuinely that “there is something rather endearing about him” and at the same time posting the video for this very same reason is incompatible. I don’t want to take part in this, and I sincerely regret having visited the post.

  3. I have worked theater for some 4 decades, and have done the technical support for many magicians during that time, including Copperfield, Henning, Penn and Teller …
    The hardest part for me was wanting to show him the truly tiny things that would have made that all work!
    I must agree, Richard, I totally understand both reactions that you had.

    1. I don’t know which is worse, the screw up, or that people actually seemed to think he was going to blow up the duck.

      I used to work for a magician who did this trick as part of a larger set of tricks, but with a cat. It worked pretty well, but then, he knew what he was doing. Even if it worked, it fails as a stand alone trick, there’s got to be some show around it.

  4. This actually would be a great idea for a good stage magician. Magicians are always looking for something new and different to make them stand out from all the other magicians. The idea of a bumbling magician would be a great hook. You do a couple of obvious failures and lame tricks, then you’re fumbling around with the cigarette pack and instead of failing to make a cigarette disappear, suddenly birds start flying out of it….it could go on until you end up doing something just spectacular that seems to come out of a bumbling failure. You could hide a lot of things behind a bit of bumbling. Maybe somebody already does this bit?

  5. Painful to watch.

    it could be a very successful act if suddenly, out of all that awkwardness, came a surprise illusion that lets you know it is an act. As we can see, this poor fellow is not acting. He’s unskilled, and nervous.

  6. A cabinet maker that looks like a hobbit and is a very bad magician. Is it just me or there’s something very picturesque about all this? God bless you, English folk 🙂

  7. Look at how old this video is. After looking him up he just won first place at some variety show in 2011 so obviously he worked hard at getting better and more comfortable.

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