Get a master class in how to build comedy routines for adult and family audiences. Christopher W. Barnes' (internationally known as Christopher T. Magician) book, explains how he creates routines from the ground up. In its 492 pages, he lays out 29 classic comedy magic tropes (classic plots) you've no doubt encountered. He shows you how to pair any trope with an effect of your choice. The result? Your own, original routine, guaranteed to leave audiences in hysterics.
In addition to the 29 tropes, Be More Funny includes 29 fully-scripted and hilarious routines, each one personally honed by Christopher at comedy clubs, festivals, variety shows, conventions, and other performance venues for years.
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Highlighted Routines in the book include:
- Lemon Party - The magician attempts to make a vanished bill reappear inside a lemon, but the results are completely unexpected and hilarious. Magicians who've seen it have called this the best Bill in Lemon ever.
- A Cheesy Trick - Worth the price of the book! Hand a package of American cheese slices to an onstage volunteer and receive an automatic onslaught of audience laughter.
- Nail-Biter - The traditional Smash and Stab style routine can be dangerous and, frankly, a little anti-climactic. Not this version. Unlike the onstage helper, the audience is in on the secret, fully aware that there is absolutely no danger ... or is there?!
- Deck to the Future - The classic Card Story plot updated to focus on the audience, making it far more relatable and interesting than other versions. To top it off, it ends with a shocking kicker to bring a bit of magic to the comedy proceedings.
- Vaper Caper - Magicians have Borrowed and Destroyed money, watches, rings, shoes, and all sorts of personal items from audience members over the years. Christopher brings the Borrowed and Destroyed plot into the modern day by bashing a borrowed vaporizer to pieces during a misguided card trick, much to the chagrin of the volunteer and the hysterics of the audience.
Along the way, Christopher also shares 42 ways to Force a Card and Reveal it. These ideas demonstrate the versatility of each trope on the list. Though not scripted, each one can be your starting point for a potentially hilarious card routine.
But wait! There's more! Be More Funny also includes invaluable information on effectively finding your onstage character as well as tips on writing comedic dialogue and adding it to your routines.
Nothing is spared. This book contains Chris' personal formula for creating comedy. If you're serious about adding comedy to your act...if you want a tool kit so you can construct your own routines...if you really want to find your funny, Be More Funny will help you get in touch with your funny bone and become seriously funny.