Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Office Prop Comic - #5 Magic Tape

Another great prop from the supply cabinet:
  1. Get a box of Magic Tapetm.
  2. If you have to use the tape, remove it. But I like to leave it in because it adds verisimilitude. 
  3. When somebody comes by your cubicle, show them the box. 
  4. Say: “Look, magic tape!” 
  5. Stand up. Hum or sing meaningless syllable to a suitable tune throughout the following steps. 
  6. Hold the box in front of you using the thumbs and first fingers of both hands. 
  7. Gently wave the box back and forth and up and down.
  8. Put both hands behind your back, holding the box in only one of them. 
  9. Bring the box back to the front with the other hand. Repeat steps 8 to 10 once, twice, or as often as you think your audience will stand for it. 
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9, but this time, do not bring the box to the front. You have several options:
    1. Only bring out one hand, keeping the box in the other hand. 
    2. Tuck the box into the top of your pants. 
    3. Throw the box somewhere behind you that the other person can’t see. 
    4. Use some sleight of hand trick to make the box vanish. 
  11. Say: “It really is magic!” 
  12. If you chose option 12a, put your empty hand behind you, and then bring the box to the front with that hand. 
  13. If you chose option 12b, bring both empty hands to the front to the front to show them. Then put your hands behind you and bring the box out. 
  14. If you chose option 12c, turn around to show that the box is gone and you are not hiding it. 
  15. If you chose option 12d, you are more of a master at this sort of thing than I am and know better what you can do, but maybe at step 1, you got two boxes of Magic Tapetm and you’ll be able to take the second box out of somewhere completely surprising like the peace lilly plant that is behind your audience member or their jacket pocket.

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