Follow TV Tropes

Following

The Great Whodini

Go To

Any character who is not normally a magician, but is putting on a magic show, will use a stage name formed by taking their name and appending "-ini". Often they'll prefix "The Great", as well.

Obviously the inspiration for these names is Harry Houdini, who himself based his stage name on French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, or possibly Cardini. Never mind that Houdini considered himself an escape artist, not a magician, and never presented himself as having magical powers rather than exceptional dexterity.

Advertisement:

Not to be confused with the 1980s rap group, though they were great.

See also Small Reference Pools, Dr. Genericius.


Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Comedy 
  • Steve Martin often did tricks for private gatherings involving things coming out of the crotch of his pants. His alias? The Great Flydini.
  • Invoked by Denis Leary in his stand-up routine, regarding pulling his family dog out of the toilet: "Like I'm some kinda magician, the Great Learitini..."

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Edgar of Edgar & Ellen demonstrated his escape artist skills as "The Amazing Edgarini".
Advertisement:

    Live-Action TV 
  • Magician Ricky Jay played magician "The Amazing Maleeni" in The X-Files episode of that name. Spoofed with The Stupendous Yappi, a celebrity psychic so phony even Mulder doesn't believe he's real.
  • On NewsRadio Dave called himself the Great Throwdini for his Knife-Throwing Act. He also performed as the Great Ventriloquodini.
  • On Home Improvement, there's an episode where the three sons each want to make a birthday present for their mother, but Randy, the middle son, isn't good with his hands, so he plans a magic show. At the end of the episode, his climactic disappearing box says "The Great Randini" on it.
  • One episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had Crow as an escape artist calling himself "The Great Crowdini".
  • Batman (1966) TV Series: In the episode "Zelda the Great", they really did the research. She has a billboard that boasts: Zelda the Great: World's foremost illusionist and escape artiste, Even Greater than Houdini!
  • An episode Drake & Josh had the boys befriend "The Great Doheney".
  • An episode of Quantum Leap has Sam step into the life of the titular professional magician "The Great Spontini". Subverted in that this is the character's real last name, not a stage name.
  • One Whammy animation from Press Your Luck has "the Great Whamini" attempting to fire himself out of a cannon, only for it to explode on him, leaving him charred and the player with nothing.

    Toys 

    Webcomics 
  • A Sluggy Freelance strip has "The Great Griffini".
  • 8-Bit Theater has Fighter reminisce about the group's (hitherto unknown) plans for a circus act, complete with a poster showing "Fightini", "Thiefini", "Red Magini", "A Cannonball" (Black Mage) and "Fightini again".

    Western Animation 
  • "The Great Bicklini", a.k.a. Mr. Bickles in The Fairly OddParents.
  • In the Peanuts special "It's Magic, Charlie Brown", Snoopy puts on a magic show as The Great Houndini.
  • Eddy, of Ed, Edd n Eddy, became The Great Eddy-dini upon acquiring Edd's hypno-wheel.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Equestria has an equivalent to Harry Houdini in "The Great Hoofdini", who is Trixie's biggest inspiration.
  • One episode of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) had a Houdini look-alike stealing from people (and kidnapping children) while using magic (as a villain). He is known as The Great Boldini. Watch the episode here.
  • In The Little Rascals episode "Alfalfakazam!", Darla opens Spanky's magic show by introducing him as The Great Spankini.
  • Magnificent Muttley: "The Marvelous Muttdini" is Muttley's daydream of him being a famous escape artist, precipitated when Dick Dastardly puts him into the brig and says, "You'd have to be an escape artist to get out of there!"

    Real Life 
  • Johnny Carson was "The Great Carsoni" as a young magician.
Advertisement:

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report