Guaranteed to blow your mind

Cidu Bill on Nov 28th 2012


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Wizard of Id, comic strips, comics, humor | 10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Guaranteed to blow your mind”

  1. fuzzmaster Nov 28th 2012 at 12:31 am 1

    I’m assuming, a play on Criss Angel?

  2. rain Nov 28th 2012 at 12:46 am 2

    Yup, I agree.

  3. Kilby Nov 28th 2012 at 12:59 am 3

    Every time the Wizard of Id (or B.C.) tries to go topically “modern”, the result is almost always anachronistically lame non-humor.

  4. Cidu Bill Nov 28th 2012 at 01:10 am 4

    What’s worse is that the gag whizzes by most of the strip’s target audience, which is more likely to be familiar with Teen Angel.

  5. James Schend Nov 28th 2012 at 11:57 am 5

    I was actually thinking Magic: The Gathering cards. What are the red cards in his hand? Does Criss Angel do card tricks? (I’ve never seen his material.)

  6. Inkwell Nov 28th 2012 at 02:46 pm 6

    The only one of “today’s youth” I know who likes Criss Angel is my brother, and he and I are both sort of known for liking uncool things. A Harry Potter gag would have been really outdated, but it’s still something kids are fans of.

    ^ Yeah, Criss Angel does card tricks. They’re usually more complicated/surreal than the norm, though.

  7. Judge Mental Nov 28th 2012 at 05:11 pm 7

    Its positively a reference to “Cwiss Angel, Mindfweak”. Notice that in addition to the “eyeshadow” comment, the wizard has adopted the long hair look in the final panel.

    IMO, a Harry Potter would have been a less outdated reference. Angel’s show went off the air in 2010, while the last Potter flick was in 2011.

  8. Kamino Neko Nov 28th 2012 at 05:44 pm 8

    Inkwell - yes, he does do card tricks - he does any sort of close-up magic you could think of, as well as larger illusions.

  9. J-L Nov 28th 2012 at 06:20 pm 9

    As an amateur magician, a common lament I hear is that magic is losing ground in today’s world. Where are all the magic shops? Where are all the magic clubs in school? Magic doesn’t seem to be as popular as it once was.

    This can be both a blessing and a curse: It’s a curse in that today’s youth are more interested in the special effects of movies and video games than practicing magic as a hobby, but it’s a blessing in that the less pervasive magic gets in modern culture, the more astonishing a real-life magician appears to be. (I’ve recently had the pleasure of stunning a small crowd with simple sleight-of-hand magic tricks. Frankly, I was a bit surprised at their reaction. You’d think they never saw a magic trick in real life before. …Maybe they didn’t.)

    Every several years, a new celebrity magician comes to the scene that reinvigorates youths’ interest in magic, and is hailed by some to be the “savior of the magic industry.” Criss Angel, David Blaine, and Harry Potter have all been examples of this, and they all have something extra that contributes to their “cool” factor (rock star, street performer, fictional character, etc.).

    In this comic we see the Wizard of Id lamenting the fact that he has trouble connecting with today’s youth (a common concern among magicians), so he does a little research to find out what kids like in magicians. What he discovers is that Criss Angel, a goth-styled rock-star magician, is quite popular with the young folk, so he tries to imitate him, right down to his card tricks and his (supposed) eyeshadow.

    So here we have a case of an ancient wizard trying to appear young and hip like a magician rock star — and it’s just not working out for him.

  10. Mark in Boston Nov 29th 2012 at 06:31 pm 10

    However, high-school age magicians are the nerdiest, most uncool people there are. Even a high-school age church organist is cooler than a high-school age magician, and that’s not saying much.

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