78 entries in MC / Compere Bits of Business
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Bert Douglas Rubber Ice Cream Cone Routine ice cream in pocket, licked during the show as running gag
1949 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 15
Bert Douglas A Humorous Introduction jumbo business card, transformation of sides and message
1949 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 15
U. F. Grant The Phantom Stage Carpenter vanishing carpenter, with gag intro in which explanation of trick cannot be heard because of loud banging noice
May 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 8) 8
B. J. McGory B. J. McGory Gives Us An M. C. Gag wallet taken out of second pair of trousers
July 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 9 & 10) 7
Milbourne Christopher One Man's Opinion opening gag, paper makes some noise
Also published here 1952 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 247) 986
Allessandro Comedy Convention Skit
1956 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1956) 16
Dr. William E. Belanger Exit Gag for Performer or M.C. with a big watch
1962 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 368) 301
Don Tanner The Back Room on Micky Hades, Jesse J. Langston, Eddie McGuire, gags by Goodlette Dodson
1963 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 383) 362
Alan Shaxon The Magical Compère joke for MC work, balloon bangs
1970 My Kind of Magic 65
Alan Shaxon By Popular Request! MC trick, spectator can decide who comes next, and what they have to do, forcing the program of the evening
1970 My Kind of Magic 68
Alan Shaxon In Person! MC trick, a name is chosen from a booklet containing artists as well as his telephone number, the number appears on a slate, the picture of the artist in a frame and the artist performs next, forcing the artist
1970 My Kind of Magic 70
Milbourne Christopher Nur die Meinung eines Mannes opening gag, paper makes some noise
Also published here Oct. 1974 Intermagic (Vol. 2 No. 2) 42
Richard Merry, George Mackenzie Humoristische Vortragssplitter und Magische Gags various gags
  • Begrüßung
  • Freiwillige Helfer
  • Geld (Münzfang)
  • Handguillotine
  • Kopfguillotine
  • Karten
  • Mentalmagie
  • Schwebeeffekte (Sambakugel)
  • Seile
  • Verschiedenes
  • Wenn das Weihnachtsfest vorbei ist
  • Zauberstab
  • Zigaretten
Also published here
  • The Gen & Genii
Nov. 1975 Intermagic (Vol. 3 No. 1&2) 24
Ken Green Humor für Magier
  • Beiläufig gesagt
  • Eröffnung
  • Kurz Sketsch
  • Zuschauerbriefe
  • Nicht für Levante
  • Nur für Magie
  • Für Conferenciers
Also published here
  • from Abracadabra, 1957 & 1958
June 1976 Intermagic (Vol. 3 No. 4) 81
Ken Green Der Verschwindende Eimer vanishing bucket comedy routine
Related toAlso published here
  • Abracadabra, 1957/1958
June 1976 Intermagic (Vol. 3 No. 4) 83
Peter McDonald, Sam Dalal, Edwin Hooper Komische Effekte gags with balloons, "Die laufenden Frankfurter"
Nov. 1976 Intermagic (Vol. 4 No. 1) 25
John Murray Nothing "NOTHING" sign up the sleeve
1977 The Magic Book 144
Sid Lorraine Words, Words, Words word STARLING on slate, one letter erased at a time to form a new word, gag patter
Inspired by
  • Rupert Slater item, The Magic Wand
1977 The Magic Book 150
Ken De Courcy Die Erbschaft four messages appear on two slates
Also published here
  • The Gen, Dec. 1951
Mar. 1977 Intermagic (Vol. 4 No. 2) 90
Rudolf Braunmüller Magische Scherze und Gags various gags with balloon, butter/knife/bread, bill in cigarette, cigarette, coins
Mar. 1978 Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 1) 9
Rudolf Braunmüller Spaß Muss Sein "Vortragssplitter und Gags für Magier und Conferenciers"
  • Afghan Bänder
  • Applaus
  • Assistenten
  • Geld
  • Finger Guillotine
  • Handschellen
  • Hund
  • Karten
  • Kinder
  • Manipulation
  • Mentalmagie
  • Ringspiel
  • Pistole
  • Verschiedenes
  • Würfel
Oct. 1978 Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 3) 102
Sid Lorraine Kunstgetrickse MC gag with painting
Inspired by
  • "Crazy Capers" (Arnold Crowther, Abracadabra #1286)
Also published here
  • Abracadabra #1340, Oct. 1971
Dec. 1978 Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 4) 146
Karrell Fox Introduction to the Introductions about MC work
1979 Another Book 197
Karrell Fox Banner-Bit confetti thrown in empty cloth banner, name appears
1979 Another Book 198
Karrell Fox Nova-Cane cane transforms into silk with name of next performer
1979 Another Book 199
Karrell Fox Hand of the Caliph five cards appear at five fingertips of fake hand à la card star, spelling out name of next performer
Related to 1979 Another Book 200
Karrell Fox, Tommy Windsor Windsor/McAthy Applause Card apparently three sides on card that is turned over to read different messages
1979 Another Book 201
Karrell Fox Code-Intro way to present name of next performer by highlighting his name on card with many letters
1979 Another Book 202
Karrell Fox 6 Foot Surprise next performer "appears" behind large silk
1979 Another Book 203
Karrell Fox Puppet-Intro bunny puppet introduces next performer
1979 Another Book 204
Karrell Fox, Charlie Cheer Rope-Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 207
Karrell Fox First Act giant bottle opener, way to introduce first performer
1979 Another Book 208
Karrell Fox Good News way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 209
Karrell Fox It's in the Bag way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 210
Karrell Fox "Sexy" Intro using playboy magazine to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 211
Karrell Fox Map Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 212
Karrell Fox Umbrella-Intro name on next performer on umbrella
1979 Another Book 213
Karrell Fox Paper-Tear Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 214
Karrell Fox Handy Intro giant hand used to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 215
Karrell Fox Phone Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 217
Karrell Fox "Crystal-Clear" Intro name of next performer appears in drawn crystal ball
1979 Another Book 218
Karrell Fox "Big-Little" Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 219
Karrell Fox "Short-Pause" Intro way to introduce the intermission, arrow signs, exit
1979 Another Book 221
Karrell Fox "Double-Act" Intro way to introduce a double act with two giant playing cards
1979 Another Book 222
Karrell Fox "Ducky" Intro using card duck to introduce next performers with alphabet cards
1979 Another Book 224
Karrell Fox "T&R" Intro torn and restored paper ribbon to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 225
Karrell Fox "Notes"-Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 226
Karrell Fox "Cue" Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 227
Karrell Fox "Special Delivery" Intro way to introduce next performer with giant box
1979 Another Book 229
Karrell Fox Further "Info on Intro's"
1979 Another Book 232
Karrell Fox King "Toots" Tablet scribblings on cardboard visible move to name or selected card
1979 Another Book 275
Patrick Page Emcee Bit comedy presentation for Sitta's Leopard Silk
1980 Magic Page by Page 10
Ken Brooke Big Squirt syphon bottle held the wrong way and water shoots into performer's face
Also published here 1980 Ken Brooke's Magic — The Unique Years 44
George Blake "Flash!" reading funny things from newspaper, it vanishes in a flash, then cigarette vanishes in handkerchief, with more elaborate version for magicians
1980 After Dinner Technique 49
Rudolf Braunmüller Gags für den magischen Conferencier gags and bits for MC
Jan. 1981 Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 4) 158
Rudolf Braunmüller Der zaubernde Conferencier on mc work
  • 1. Die Überbrückung der Pausen
  • 2. Der "Verkauf" der Künstler
  • 3. Verbindungsglied und Rahmen
    • Artverwandte Darbietungen
    • Geeignete Zauberkunststücke
    • Störgags
    • Verschiedene Zaubergags
    • Zauberwitze, Einzeiler und Anekdoten für Laienpublikum
    • Zauberwitze, Einzeiler und Anekdoten für Zaubererpublikum
July 1982 Intermagic (Vol. 9 No. 2) 50
Karrell Fox "Hand it to 'Em" company name appears on cards at fingertips of fake hand
Related to 1986 For My Next Trick... 155
Karrell Fox "A Commercial Fame-Up" company name appears in frame
1986 For My Next Trick... 157
Terry Seabrooke Terry's Tennis Ball comedy bit, tennis ball with face and slit as mouth
1986 Seabrooke's Book 48
Terry Seabrooke The M.C.
  • The Running Order
  • The Start of the Show
  • The End of the Show
  • The Band
  • The Room
  • The Show
  • Final Thoughts
1986 Seabrooke's Book 72
Terry Seabrooke Looking for Laughs comedy bits, on humor
1986 Seabrooke's Book 78
Tommy Windsor Die Zauberkamera drawer box as camera
Dec. 1986 Intermagic (Vol. 12 No. 3&4) 178
Karrell Fox A "Hot" Item trade show presentation for flaming book
1988 My Latest Book 128
Steve Beam Taping Time mc bit, for stretching time, gag
1989 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 26) 451
Ken Brooke Der Große Spritzer siphon bottle held the wrong way and water shoots into performer's face
Also published here Oct. 1990 Intermagic (Vol. 15 No. 4&5) 146
Alexander de Cova Mikrofon-Gags 1. Das sich vergrößernde Mikrofon (growing sponge)
2. Probleme mit dem Mikro-Ständer
3. Das lange Mikrofon
Also published here 1991 Avantgarde Magic (Vol. 1 No. 2) 22
Marvin Leventhal From the Labyrinth Emcee Hammer, MC bit with a hammer and a lot of puns
1991 The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 3) 12
Karrell Fox Funny-Filter paper streamer from cigarette
1991 Goodies 83
Alexander de Cova Mikrofon-Gags 1. Das sich vergrößernde Mikrofon (growing sponge)
2. Probleme mit dem Mikro-Ständer
3. Das lange Mikrofon
Also published here 1991 Das Alexander de Cova Seminar 20
Karl Fulves R.I.P. gag paper fold, design becomes a waste bin in the end and is about funeral
1993 Verbatim (Issue 7) 77
Steve Dusheck Poor George gag dollar bill with clown face on George Washington, nose can light up
1994 Dusheck's Close-Up Magic 146
Simon Lovell Sebastian the Mind-Reading Chicken gag with drawing of chicken and a part that is apparently about to vanish
1997 Simon Says! 224
Rudolf Braunmüller Für zaubernde Conferenciers eight lines for MCs
1999 Intermagic (Vol. 23 No. 2) 62
Johnnie Geddes Egg Sandwich fried egg taken out of pocket and put between breads, gag
Also published here
  • Abracadabra, Vol. 15 No. 378, May 1953, p. 220
2002 The Encyclopedia of Egg Magic 259
Clettis V. Musson Heavy Egg egg tossed off stage and makes loud clank
Also published here
  • Clettis Musson, Situation Comedy for Magicians, 1954, p. 41
2002 The Encyclopedia of Egg Magic 259
Rick Bronson No Sweat! sweat from forehead take up with towel, lots of water pours out when wrung out, gag
2005 Seven By Rick Bronson 23
Trevor Lewis The Master of Ceremonies
  • Requirements and Advice
  • Patter Fillers
  • Novelty Introduction Aids
  • Other MC Prop Bits
  • Bits of Business to Use as MC or in Act
  • MC Miscellaneous Lines
  • Newspaper Lines
  • Lines, Lines, Lines
  • Martial Bliss Lines
2009 Routines Matter 165
Roberto Giobbi It's Up Your Sleeve! emcee bit
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue July 5) 193