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Deception and Trickery

While deceiving people to obtain illegitimate gains is unacceptable, deluding friends, family, and strangers for the purposes of humor is perfectly respectable. Deception and trickery are very powerful gag joke tools. So many expectations are placed upon our fellow humans, when the deliverance of the unexpected, occurs it can evoke great emotion. While these jokes may seem trivial, they have given me great pleasure over the years.

Using deception for comedic purposes is a form of artistic expression. In many cases you are using acting skills to trick people into thinking you are doing something you are not. On other occasions you are trying to get your victim to perform an action based on their perception of what your body language is telling them. These types of gags only get better with age, as each time you pull the pranks you hone your craft and acting skills.

Holiday Chocolate Gag

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Holiday Chocolate Anyone? During the holidays, many people bring to work leftover food, cookies, and candies from family feasts. You can use this well placed social charity to spread some evil holiday will. The next time you have a family get together and someone brings a box of specialty chocolates, be sure to nab the [...]

Fake Crying Trick Gag

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Humans have an innate ability to cry. Most babies come out of the hatch wailing away and will learn to bawl to get what they want, namely food. Growing older, children sometimes pout, suckering their parents into feeling sorry for them, to get their way. Society has generally frowned upon this use of body language [...]

The Look Away Gag

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They say cats are so curious it sometimes kills them, well good because they deserve it. I would say that humans are almost as curious as felines by our very nature. Everyone likes to be in the know and be aware of what is going on around them, even when it may not concern them. [...]

Blackmail Gag

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If you have a mini-recorder I recommend you start carrying it around with you at all times and if you don’t have one, buy one as soon as possible for this gag. They are a great source of entertainment. Turn the recording device on whenever you are talking to people; eventually someone is bound to [...]

Annoying Nothing Gag

This little trick involves getting a friend or family member’s attention and time and then abruptly telling them you don’t need them after all. The joke becomes more humorous, at least to yourself, if you are able to actually make the person expend energy, like getting up off the couch or walking downstairs to see [...]

Frightening Fragrance Trick Gag

Deer musk prank

Have you ever squirted yourself with a free sampling of your favorite perfume or cologne in a department store? Of course you have, we’ve all done it. When you spray the blast of fragrance on yourself or in the air and take a whiff, you usually don’t expect to smell a putrid odor do you? [...]

Trash Can Trick Gag

trash can gag

In public spaces chewing gum can be found virtually anywhere you look: on the sidewalks, under restaurant tables, beneath park benches, the bottom of trashcans, etc. The next time you are out with some friends, if you happen to be chewing a piece of gum, hide the gum between your fingers, reach your hand into [...]

Pinchy Winchy Gag

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Pinchy Winchy Victim: This is a photo of my friend Steve as we were preparing to leave for the bars. Note the use of alchohol for this prank. For this gag you will need one unsuspecting victim and a group of willing accomplices. The joke works best if your victim is slightly impaired from alcoholic [...]