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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 29, 2019
“What did the fisherman say to the magician?"/"Pick a cod, any cod.”

"Cod” can sound like “card.” A riddle has been printed on many images:

Q: What did the fisherman say to the magician?
A: “Pick a cod, any cod.”


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1990.


Newspapers.com
7 June 1990, The Times-News (Twin Falls, ID), pg. D-7, col. 5 ad:
What did the magician say to the fisherman? Pick a cod, any cod.
(Curts Car Care.—ed.)

Newspapers.com
1 September 2000, Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), “Crptoquip” puzzle, pg. A-12, col. 2:
Yesterday’s Cryptoquip: PLAYFUL FISHERMAN GOOD-NATUREDLY ASKS THE MAGICIAN, “PICK A COD, ANY COD.”

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
need cod puns
Stan Kegel
12/6/01
(...)
A magician went to a fish market and was told,
“Pick a cod, any cod.”

Google Groups: alt.religion.rabbet
Humor from the Net
Bill McCray
8/30/03
(...)
What did the fisherman say to the magician?
‘Pick a cod, any cod.’ (Syman Hirsch)

Google Books
Jokelopedia:
The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest, Joke Book Ever

Compiled by Ilana Weitzman, Eva Blank, Alison Benjamin and Rosanne Green
New York, NY: Workman Publishing
2006
Pg. 204:
What did the fisherman say to the magician?
“Pick a cod, any cod.”

Twitter
AnAdventureCorgi
@JinxedBlackcat
What did the fish monger say to the magician?
Pick a cod, pick a cod pick any cod!
1:33 AM · Sep 12, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Reader’s Digest
July 15, 2015
Corny Jokes
FISHERMAN MAGIC
Q: What did the fisherman say to the magician?
A: Pick a cod, any cod.

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/madazzahatter December 30, 2017
The fisherman said to the magician, “Pick a cod, any cod!”

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/AJ-Naka-Zayn-Owens May 21, 2019
What did the fisherman from New York say to the magician?
Pick a cod, any cod

Yahoo! Lifestyle
45 Dad Jokes That Are Actually Funny
Southern Living
By the Editors of Southern Living
September 27, 2019
(...)
What did the fisherman say to the magician? Pick a cod, any cod.

Reddit—Cleanjokes
Posted by u/iamthecavalrycaptain November 29, 2019
What did the magic fisherman say?
Pick a cod, any cod.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, November 29, 2019 • Permalink