Why are practical jokes called "practical"?

Practical jokes are pranks in which an unsuspecting victim is placed in an embarrassing position or made to look a fool. The old trick of surreptitiously tying someone's shoelaces together or placing a bucket of water on the top of a door are examples of practical jokes.The term, whose first recorded use was in 1833, refers to the fact that a physical or practical
 
<p>Practical jokes are pranks in which an unsuspecting victim is placed in an embarrassing position or made to look a fool. The old trick of surreptitiously tying someone\'s shoelaces together or placing a bucket of water on the top of a door are examples of practical jokes.</p><p>The term, whose first recorded use was in 1833, refers to the fact that a physical or practical action has to be performed for the joke to take effect. This is in contrast to an \"intellectual\" joke like a pun, which is a play on words, or a \"verbal\" joke such as the familiar \"Why did the chicken cross the road?\"</p>
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