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  • Published: 15 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409051336
  • Imprint: Preface Digital
  • Format: EBook

Tommy Cooper's Mirth, Magic and Mischief




The second in the Tommy Cooper library of merriment, following 2009's Christmas bestseller: The Tommy Cooper Joke Book. Including more of Tommy's inimitable gags but also his personal magic plans and guides, cartoons, stories and photographs.

Tommy Cooper's Book of Mirth, Magic and Mischief takes us back into the hilarious world of the master. In this volume not only do we revisit Tommy's personal joke collection but we also delve into his secret magic files. Here will be how to catch a bullet in your teeth – Tommy style, create a floating sausage, learn Tommy's favourite practical jokes, and perform the egg and bag trick to the amazement of all. Or if you just want to laugh some more at his fabulous laughter files, this is the book for you.

There's only one person in the world who could produce this book: John Fisher, author of the bestselling The Tommy Cooper Joke Book and the biography Always Leave Them Laughing. John was a friend and confidante of Tommy and is the possessor of the largest archive of Tommy Cooper material including a card index of 25,000 Cooper jokes, scripts, monologues and memorabilia which will make this book a 'must have' for all of his millions of fans.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409051336
  • Imprint: Preface Digital
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

John Fisher

John Fisher has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a television producer and executive working for both the BBC and Thames Television with responsibility for shows as diverse as Parkinson, Wogan, The Bob Monkhouse Show, The Ken Dodd Show, Des O’Connor Tonight, The Best of Magic, This Is Your Life and the definitive documentary series on British comedians, Heroes of Comedy, which he wrote and produced for Channel Four.

A recognised authority on the history of popular entertainment, he includes amongst his other published works Call Them Irreplaceable, an analysis of star quality as seen through the performances of the great entertainers of the twentieth century, and acclaimed biographies of three of his all-time comic heroes: George Formby: The Ukulele Man; Tony Hancock: The Definitive Biography and Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing. The latter is currently being adapted as a film by Left Bank Pictures.


Praise for Tommy Cooper's Mirth, Magic and Mischief

“Tommy was amazing. He looked like Mount Rushmore on legs. He never said anything about real life so he never dates.”

Ronnie Barker

“Absolutely fantastic. No other comic would work with him, he was too good.”

Barry Cryer


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