Is this the worst magician you have ever seen?


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?


24 comments on “Is this the worst magician you have ever seen?

  1. Merari says:

    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. id says:

    Lets burn Simon Cowel.

  3. The Pick Man says:

    What an interest lack of self awareness about how he comes across. His manner reminded me of Joe Pasquale.

  4. Gladys says:

    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.

  5. Franklin Yensel says:


  6. Julia says:

    poor guy. That’s what I’d be like if I were a magician.

  7. dgwolf says:

    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.

  8. The other Matt says:

    • Gus Snarp says:

      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.

  9. Gus Snarp says:

    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?

  10. jh says:

    Something like that?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’d say creepy, rather than endearing.

  12. Doesn’t anyone remember the Amazing Mr. Ballantine? Or was he a purely American act? His whole schtick was the inept (but very funny) magician.

  13. One Eyed Jack says:

    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.

  14. 10nuts says:

    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 🙂

  15. A Edmonds says:

    Classic!! I would have to say I’ve seen worse but this is bad bad bad

  16. AstroGirl says:

    In the UK the bumbling magician act was totally owned by Tommy Cooper, so much so that I thought that’s who he was trying to impersonate at first…

    Like others, too awkard to watch for more than about 30 seconds…

  17. j says:

    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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s