A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 17, 2017
“I’m a magician. I can make my paycheck disappear”

A popular paycheck joke is:

“I’m a magician. I can make my paycheck disappear.”

“You’re (magician Doug Henning—ed.) good...but the government is faster at ,making a paycheck disappear!” was printed in a 1976 newspaper comic strip.


30 January 1976, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Lansky’s Look” (comic strip), pg. 18, col. 4:
TELEVISION: ...I’M DOUG HENNING THANKING YOU FOR WATCHING ‘THE MAGIC SHOW’...
MALE TELEVISION VIEWER: “You’re good...but the government is faster at ,making a paycheck disappear!”

3 October 1978, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, pg. B-2, col. 1:
Magicians are no longer held in awe, now that so many of us have learned how easy it is to make a paycheck disappear.

Google Groups: rec.arts.theatre.stagecraft
Ghosts on stage?
Reginald Rozee
8/29/94
(...)
I may not be a FANTASTIC magician, but I can always make my paycheck disappear!!

Twitter
Ken Nicholson
‏@newsken
As soon as the deposit cleared the bank, I made my paycheck disappear! #magician #bills
10:58 AM - 17 Jun 2011

Twitter
JG
‏@jgur16
@RMGCharlie , @rmgrover is also a magician, he can make your future paychecks disappear!!  #Roverphysics #rovermagic
2:57 PM - 2 Dec 2011

Twitter
Shawn Segundo
‏@shawn2nd
Should’ve been a magician with how fast imma bout 2 make this paycheck disappear. #rent #creditcards #owned
5:48 PM - 30 Jan 2012

Thought Catalog
MARCH 21, 2014
9 People You Become On Payday
Christopher Hudspeth
(...)
9. The Responsible Magician
A black hole of bills allows you to perform a mind-blowing magic trick in which you make an entire paycheck disappear in the blink of an eye. Presto!

Twitter
Andy Sithong
‏@Andy_76o
I think I’m a pretty good magician. I can make my paychecks disappear so fast you can’t even see them anymore. 🙃
4:26 PM - 8 Oct 2016

Reddit—Jokes
I think my girlfriend is a magician.
submitted February 18, 2017 by TommehBoi
She makes my paycheck disappear.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, February 17, 2017 • Permalink