A standard cardboard prop in many magic kits, this simple novelty becomes a great comedy bit when the right patter is applied. "You told me to make the sign point left, right?" "That's right" "No, that's left . . . ."
This charming adventure tale about Robert the Rainbow Trout (and his buddies Red Herring and Barney Blackfish) became my preferred opening routine for both kids and adults.
The scissors wouldn't work, the wands kept multiplying, but somehow the rope went back together again. Such silly nonsense!
What color is connected to red pom-pom? All of the others? How many long strings are there? I'm so confused I can't remember! The hilarious interview ends with a baffling reveal!
A standard prop from Abbott's Magic Company, but a hilarious masterpiece when Daryl turned it into the "Oh-So-Easy Chopper" kitchen demonstration.
More Smushies means bigger wands. But wait, what's wrong with this jumbo wand? Everybody loves flying snakes!
This is Kay's favorite and for good reason. It's only an egg and a small black bag, but doggone if it doesn't fool everyone and make them smile!
An Annie Oakley wanna-be steps up and shows off some magic sharpshooting, complete with a bullet hole!
The cereal was real, but the card trick half of this routine is all nonsense. Yet everything comes together in the end for a whole round of applause.
This was Daryl's featured routine from the time he first mastered Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings in high school.
“For me, the ‘art’ of magic is all about developing successful routines, ones that draw laughs, create strong reactions of surprise, and consistently entertain a wide variety of audiences. While my original repertoire was fairly large, the routines showcased in my Once Upon a Magic Show LIVE program are the ones that make my Top Ten Favorites list. If you asked me to pick my all-time favorite, it would have to be the Linking Rings. I think my audiences would agree.” -Daryl Hurst.
In addition to his own magic routines, one of Daryl's favorite comedy bits is Abbott & Costello's classic "Who's on First" which was featured his "Variety Fun Show" on the Ann Arbor Summer Playgrounds back in the 1970s and 80s. Check out a more recent performance of the sketch with Daryl in a 2003 Talent Show.
Want to perform magic yourself? Check out these 8 Magic Man radio episodes that teach you magic with everyday objects.