A furious magician

I was reading through some of my favorite websites yesterday when I stumbled across a YouTube link on Metafilter that pretty much screwed up the rest of my day. Jon heard me playing it on my computer and was so disturbed by the sound of it that he walked over and we watched it together, over and over again, and then we spent the next eight hours quoting it to each other and laughing until we cried. And then late last night we both reached the conclusion that this is a pretty good litmus test for relationships, because you’re either going to love this video or despise it. And I could see someone going, you know what? I can’t believe you think that this piece of crap is funny, and the fact that you do makes everything else you do so much more annoying. Like what? Like how about those gerbil noises you make when you eat Corn Flakes. Or how you clip your toenails IN BED. Also, I hate it when you keep repeating the word pussy when we’re having sex. And everything that has ever gone wrong between this someone and their significant other comes right up to the surface, all because these two kids had to go and give the world this present:

“A discussion with Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve.”

But what makes this video even more genius to me are the comments left on Metafilter about it, like “I think metafilter just jumped the shark” and “weak and pointless” and “I didn’t get it either.” And I’m guessing that if I was in a relationship with any of those people and they saw how hard I laughed when I first saw this video that they’d be cursing the fact that we had ever swapped saliva.

  • http://www.smartinibar.blogspot.com Megan

    I got Avada Kedavra!

    And then pretty much nothing else…

  • Anonymous

    I love the video, does seem to divide people at my office :D

  • http://staushouse.com Lauren


  • http://www.thekeelerskorner.blogspot.com Amanda Keeler

    Now I have to change my pants because I just pissed myself~

  • http://honey.typepad.com Julia

    I think (I didn’t check and verify, but the names sound very familiar) that these are the same kids who are responsible for Potter Puppet Pals, one of the best things to ever come from Harry Potter.

  • Bulldog

    It appears that a medication adjustment is in order. Not sure whether that applies to Spencer . . . or those wetting themselves over the vid.

  • apt

    I hope you have seen this:


    Prepare to hum it endlessly.

  • http://geezlouize.com Heather

    Yea…I didn’t get it either. I watched it 3 times trying to find what was so funny. So, um, are they gay?

  • http://www.hauspa.com Mrs Smith

    Hubby is looking over my shoulder and alternately telling me to turn it off and shut the door so the kids can’t hear us laughing. Guess I married the right one!

  • http://riogringa.typepad.com Rio Gringa

    Heather, I love your blog, but you have a very unique sense of humor that I don’t think I will ever understand.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t watch it. His teeth almost made me lose my lunch.

  • RzDrms

    p.s. spencer: i keep reading, over and over again, the tagline for this month as “a self-absorbed MOM,” despite the fact that i don’t perceive you as being self absorbed as a mom, as a moron, or otherwise. hm.

  • Amy

    What makes this brilliant is at minute 2:43 you can see the guy recording the whole thing in the mirror laughing!

  • Andi

    Thats was effing sweet.

    Guys, I don’t relly think there was anything to “get”. It’s just retarded and goofy and pointless…like Rocky Horror or something. That’s why it’s awesome.

  • http://www.sarahdearne.com Sarah

    I’m sorry to say I don’t get it. Is there a reference I’m missing?

  • Ashley

    Not sure what happened, but I just don’t find you funny anymore.

  • Curlsz

    I’m scared, very very scared…hold me.

  • Fig

    I’m going to call everyone I know “Spencer” for a very long time.

    How come the people who don’t find it funny are so pissy with those of us who do? It seems I am no closer to understanding the Internets, Spencer.

    Thanks for posting!

  • http://carolynonline.blogspot.com Carolyn Online

    Uh yeah I didn’t really get it either which means I’m either retarded or brilliant.

  • Fig

    P.S. I, like Bossy, immediately thought of the “Charlie bit me” video.

  • Andrea

    I couldn’t pay attention to what was going on because I had an unrelenting urge to brush that guy’s teeth. Ew.

  • SweetMama

    My husband is all about The Young Ones and I’m old-school Monty Python, and we both chuckled heartily at this.

    Bring it on, Furious Magician… my man is the W-I-Z-A-R-D and I am his bee-hatch.

  • KC

    1) I was really hoping for the first minute or so that he was talking to Spencer Pratt.
    2) Totally f-ing hilarious, even though he wasn’t.

  • http://houseofart-wendy.blogspot.com/ Wendy

    Sorry, don’t get it either?

  • http://www.whataboutmomblog.com/ Jane

    This is not the first time I’m glad we didn’t swap spit, but it is the first time I’ve been glad of that because of one of your video picks.

    Emperor’s new clothes.

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t get it. Seriously, someone enlighten those of us who don’t get it.

  • http://www.muskrat.wordpress.com muskrat

    i loved it. i totally want to toss spencer’s salad now.

  • Nicole

    I don’t get it either, but it’s edited by the guy that does the Potter Puppet Pals videos. Those I get.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    You’re a tall drink of water, Spencer.

    I don’t get it – but I couldn’t stop watching it either!

  • Honey

    I don’t get it either. I had two loud outbursts of cackle somewhere in the middle. Now I am going to try my best to repress the lot of it.

  • kg

    I want your teeth, Spencer…

    As much as I laughed watching it, I laughed even more making my husband watch it.

  • Jennifer

    Yeah, I get the feeling if I knew why this was supposed to be Ben Bernanke talking to someone named Spencer, that that the whole thing WOULD be f-ing hilarious, but alas, I too do not get it. Oh, and that dudes mouth could compete with Mick Jagger’s, easily!!

  • http://.repliderium.com kim

    I seriously think that I may have just peed my pants a little bit. I’m not kidding. Took me 15 min to type this because I was laughing too hard.

  • Anonymous

    Loved it. Thanks!
    For some reason it reminded me of the George Washington song, also super funny.

  • http://websearch.about.com Wendy

    I, too, am a magician.

    A FURIOUS magician.

    I’m laughing, but I don’t know why.

    Somebody hold me.

  • http://www.cathairtumbleweeds.com Julianna

    I just kept hoping that it somehow had something to do with Spencer Pratt. Which makes me all kinds of dumb.

  • http://myschola.blogspot.com/ L

    I just spent many hours looking at all their other videos. Thanks, Heather, you sexy little rattlesnake!

  • Sethonious

    I need your teeth spencer.

    I’m a furious magician!

    Instant classic!!!

  • Kacey

    That video is totally hilarious. OMG. Yes. Thank you for reposting that.

  • http://www.mydogumentary.wordpress.com gingela5

    I hate it when I’m at work and people post videos that I can’t listen to! Although from the looks of it the kid looks creeeepy. Maybe the sound will change my mind.

  • mikie

    Oh my hell, it’s one of those videos that only gets funnier each time you watch it. Like “Bowie’s in Space” by Flight of the Conchords or something… starts out weird and just gets funnier and funnier. Thank you for that, Spencer… you prick.

    You’re old, dry, stale oats…. SPENCER.

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com Robin

    You sexy little rattlesnake, Spencer. You tall drink of water, Spencer.

  • sally

    Oh my god, the Lemon Demon clip is the funniest thing ever. Now I can DANCE to “I’m a magician spencer, a furious magician.” while laughing hysterically rather than just quoting.

    I love it. Thanks.

  • http://huntingforporkchops.blogspot.com Lisa

    I kind of want to make out with that kid now. Pretty bad, actually.

  • http://earthtoholly.com/ earthtoholly

    Although entertaining, I don’t think I totally got it, but it kinda looked like Spencer didn’t get it either, so I don’t feel so bad. #35′s comment though, that is hilarious!

  • http://www.abdpbt.com anna

    I need you for my Lonely Hearts Club Band, Spencer. LOL

    I think you call the appeal of something like this, the Ionesco factor.

  • mikie

    yesss… now I can get some furious magician anywhere iTunes/iPod goes–


  • Anonymous

    it’s okay. I laughed my ass off. and I too will be quoting it for the next eight hours.

  • robyn

    I soooooo don’t get it, but I’m glad you got a laugh out of it. He reminds me of Kelly Osbourne…..so bizarre.