Comedian Tommy Cooper has as an assistant Prince Philip at Variety Club luncheon.
Savoy Hotel, London.
GV. Pan, guests at Variety Club luncheon. SV. The Duke chatting to C. J. Latta, Managing Director of Associated British Picture Corporation, and Tom O'Brien, T.U.C. Chairman for 1953. SV. Other guests. SCU. The Duke and Chief Barker, Mr James Carreras smiling. SCU. Tommy Cooper, comedian magician being announced (natural sound). Cooper rises and starts talking. CU. Dubbing scene Duke launching. SCU. Comedian resuming opening speech. CU. Dubbing scenes, Duke of Edinburgh laughing. SCU. Cooper resuming act. He does bent spoon act. Audience laugh. CU. Prince Philip laughing. Cooper moves to front of table. Angle shot, Cooper with tray on which is a beaker which he intends to make disappear. He shows audience hollow rings. SCU. (natural sound) - Cooper tells Duke who has risen to assist him: "Don't be nervous..." SV. Cooper handing tray to Prince Philip. SCU. (natural sound) Cooper places hollow rings over tumbler. SV. Cooper lifts another hollow ring and places it over tumbler. SCU. Cut to cameraman laughing. SCU. Cooper covers trick as Duke peers inside. Cooper leans forward to pick up revolver. SV. Cooper threatening audience with revolver. SCU. & front view. CU. Cut to cameraman laughing. SCU. Cooper picks up cylinder, now without glass, and shouts to Duke: "you've done it!" Guests applaud as Duke sits down and Cooper prances around.
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