This lantern can be used in several settings, with specific patter tailored to the situation.
1. If you are table-hopping and the lighting isn’t great, you can say something like, “I don’t see a candle on your table, so I brought a little lantern to add some atmosphere. Makes things cozy, doesn’t it? Now I don’t want to overstay my welcome, so I’ll set my watch over here where I can see it better.”
That opening sets you up for the effect. And the timepiece can be ‘running’. Because of time misdirection, people will forget about the watch & lantern. You have ample opportunity to get a time selected & to do the reveal.
We’ve done this effect many times. It gets applause & lots of “NO WAY”, “COME ON”, “YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING”, plus words we can’t put in print.
2. What follows is a cute joke we use occasionally. It’s clean and gets a lot of reaction.
“Daddy sees Elmer walking with a lantern and asks, “Where ya going?” The son smiles and replies, “I’m courtin’ Peggy-Sue.” Father says, “When I went courtin’, I didn’t need no dang lantern.” “Sure Pa, I know.” the boy says. “And look what you got!”
3. Here are a few songs and common phrases containing the word “light”. Pick & choose the ones that work in your routine.
For more jokes, gags, and ideas, GOOGLE “lantern” or “light”.
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