The Izard of Wid

Cidu Bill on Dec 6th 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Wizard of Id, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

13 Responses to “The Izard of Wid”

  1. James Pollock Dec 6th 2012 at 01:15 am 1

    The guy tested Wiz by suggesting that a REAL wizard can bend a spoon by the power of the mind. Wiz couldn’t do it, so the guy says he isn’t is real wizard. He hasn’t realized yet that the Wizard has turned him into a spoon.

  2. jjmcgaffey Dec 6th 2012 at 01:34 am 2

    Real wizard =/= real psychic. As Wiz is demonstrating. Idiot (the peasant) (pun not intended - actually, the peasants tend to be less idiotic than the nobles, in the strip).

  3. John Small Berries Dec 6th 2012 at 02:39 am 3

    Would it have killed them to have Wiz uttering one of his trademarked absurd incantations? Sheesh, whoever’s writing this strip now has no sense of tradition; there’s nary a jim-jam nor a krotz to be seen.

  4. Proginoskes Dec 6th 2012 at 02:52 am 4

    Uri Gellar couldn’t bend spoons, either, unless he cheated.

  5. Ian Osmond Dec 6th 2012 at 08:31 am 5

    The Wizard wasn’t even trying to follow the guy’s instructions. He wanted to prove his powers AND point out that people shouldn’t cross him.

    That’s actually way more wizardly than I’d expect of him. . .

  6. AMC Dec 6th 2012 at 10:38 am 6

    It’s not knife to imply that the setup was forked up.

  7. JHGRedekop Dec 6th 2012 at 12:00 pm 7

    The sad thing is that Uri Geller references don’t qualify it as “geezer” fodder. One would have hoped the guy would have sunk into deserved obscurity by now.

  8. Ian Osmond Dec 6th 2012 at 08:31 pm 8

    JHGRedekop: the sad thing is that Geller EVER left obscurity — he’s borderline good enough to do tricks tableside at a family restaurant (although most magicians who entertain around restaurants are better than he is), but his repertoire is really too limited and not flashy enough to do a kids’ birthday party. He’s got, what? Three tricks? A basic mind-reading act, spoon and key bending, and a bit with a mechanical watches. You can probably get away with that as a five-minute tableside thing, but you really have to stretch it to fill even fifteen minutes.

  9. Mark in Boston Dec 6th 2012 at 09:56 pm 9

    For a while Uri Geller was consulting to oil companies. He would look at a map and tell them where to drill for oil. Really.

  10. Proginoskes Dec 7th 2012 at 04:08 am 10

    Joseph Smith (of LDS fame) started out his career by claiming to be able to locate gold in farmers’ fields. To demonstrate his powers, he’d find some fool’s gold that he planted beforehand. Then he’d charge a fee for the full demonstration; guess how much gold the farmers would find later on?

  11. Mark in Boston Dec 7th 2012 at 07:19 pm 11

    Joseph Smith’s skill came in useful when it came time to find those ancient gold plates with the inscriptions on them.

  12. J-L Dec 7th 2012 at 09:34 pm 12

    In magicians’ circles, it’s kind of cliché when someone claims to be a real miracle worker, especially if their proof is doing feats of mentalism, such as reading minds or bending spoons.

    So when the wizard claims to be a real wizard (instead of just an illusionist), he attempts to prove this by doing a run-of-the-mill spoon bending demonstration. A successful demonstration of spoon bending wouldn’t convince many illusionists anyway, so it kind of funny that this is the test used to demonstrate the wizard’s authenticity.

    (It’s not that surprising that the villager used spoon bending as an actual test, because many non-magicians are fooled at that particular demonstration.)

    The wizard, either by mistake or just not content with showing off such a simple trick, transforms the villager into a spoon, something that a real-live illusionist would have difficulty explaining.

  13. Mark in Boston Dec 8th 2012 at 11:47 pm 13

    In the Bible, Aaron proves to Pharaoh that he’s the real thing by making his staff turn into a snake by the grace of God. OK so far. But then Pharaoh calls all his magicians and they all turn their staffs into snakes. Kind of spoils the point of the story, as it appears that turning a staff into a snake was the equivalent of the rabbit out of a hat, the first illusion you learned as an apprentice. Then Aaron’s snake eats all the other snakes, but still, we’ve already established that they are all just stage magicians, Aaron included.

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