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Chico the Chimp by Jam Magic, Samuel Patrick Smith

(c. 1995) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect:  Two helpers are chosen from the audience and are positioned on opposite sides of the stage. A large heavy card (5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″) displaying a mischievous monkey is introduced and placed inside an empty envelope. This is given to one assistant to hold. An empty envelope is then given to the helper on the other side of the stage. Chico the Chimp is to perform a daring escape from one envelope to the other. After some comical by-play it seems that Chico has failed because the card seems to still be in the original envelope.

The card is removed from the original envelope only to find that Chico is gone and a “frame”, the shape of Chico, is left on the card. Chico has escaped; however, the other envelope is still empty. More comedy follows using the helpers and finally Chico is found hanging on the second helper’s back. This is a wonderful routine for getting children involved in your act. It is good clean fun. A perfect addition to any clown magic act. Also for use by magicians that specialize in performing for children.

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Approx. Price: $19.99 (1999) ***

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1 review for Chico the Chimp by Jam Magic, Samuel Patrick Smith

  1. Shmoolonzo

    Let’s monkey around!

    I purchased this years ago from Hank Lee and perform it at every show.

    The children love it and it lends itself to a lot of audience participation. You can bring two or three kids onto the stage and use almost every monkey and ape joke/pun that you know.

    "Hey, Hey stop monkeying around!", "Where are you kids from – The planet of the apes?" Etc.. You get the idea.

    At the end, when I seem to have lost Chico and turn around so that the kids see that he is hanging on my back I always use the line " Are you saying that I have a monkey on my back" ? Which always gets a chuckle from the adults, and no one has ever suggested that it was inappropriate.

    I love this trick because it packs flat, plays big and is made very well. The only word of caution is that the PIN on chico is VERY sharp and cuts up the plastic envelope that it comes in. You do not want to risk hanging it onto a child’s back, If another child tries to pull it off, the pin will rip clothing and skin. This is why I only hang it onto myself. And in fact put it on my back from the onset of the trick.

    All in all it is a great trick!

    October 2 2008

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