Harry Anderson Tips His Mitt! . . . and you won’t believe what rolled out of that mitt. All of the sidesplitting routines that helped make Harry Anderson a household name are packed into this book. That’s right; The Skunk Trap, The Gang of Four, The Handcuffs, The Burned Bill Routine, The Monarch Monte, and yes, Harry’s classic Needle Thru Arm plus many more. We don’t have to tell you how commercial these routines are since you have seen most of them on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live or on Harry’s own TV special, Hello Sucker. Follow a youthful Harry Anderson into the streets where his character, Harry the Hat, developed during years of busking. Read outrageous stories from these humble beginnings that led to starring roles on television’s Night Court and Dave’s World. Harry can’t promise you will become a Hollywood star but he will show you exactly how he developed the many routines that carried him to the top of his field. You will see magic effects slowly evolve into the classic routines that Harry ultimately performed as a headliner in casino showrooms, comedy clubs and on television.
During a live performance at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California (where Hello Sucker was taped) we photographed Harry’s entire act and these action shots have been used to illustrate many routines. But Wise Guy is much more than just a book of tricks. Included are the theories and the psychology that form the basic foundation from which all of Harry’s magic emanates plus the exact patter that accompanied each effect. There is also plenty of close-up and mental magic that you may have seen Harry perform on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman or Larry King Live.
It’s not very often that a magic celebrity puts virtually every effect that made him a star into a single book but that is precisely what Harry Anderson did in Wise Guy. Considering this, it should come as no surprise that Wise Guy is our No. 1 best seller after more than twenty years in the magic book business. Whether you are looking for a thought-provoking discussion on how to entertain an audience with magic, or just an evening of bellylaughs, Wise Guy is the answer. 167 pages jam packed with dozens of photographs and illustrations, a wonderful introduction by ventriloquist Jay Johnson and all beautifully hardbound with a striking dustjacket