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We got this nice stage trick from the estate collection of a retired professional magician.This is the vintage version, long off the market. but still very much in working condition.
Invented by the legendary magician Milbourne Christopher, this is a classic effect that has remained popular for decades and for good reason! Kids LOVE this effect- they go crazy!
The routine goes like this: You introduce a 20" tall wooden boy named Freddie. You explain: "Freddie is always forgetting things. Do any of you forget things? He forgets where he left his shoes, he forgets to bring his books to school, he forgets to brush his hair. One day Freddie even went to school headless, now that's pretty forgetful! The teacher wanted to teach Freddie a lesson, so he blew up a balloon, painted a face on it and attached it to the top of Freddie's body. "Kids, meet Mr. Airhead Freddie!”. The kids all laughed at the sight of Freddie's silly balloon head. Freddie thought "If I get back my head I’ll never forget it again.” As you are saying this, suddenly- POP goes the balloon and BACK comes Freddie's head! Kids go WILD!
The working is easy. The head on the prop easily lifts off. The balloon face is fastened to the bow tie, which snaps in place on top of the body. Vanish the wooden head in your favorite manner (you could use a Change Bag, which is not included but can be ordered from MagicTricks.com). When you burst the balloon, the new face instantly pops up into place. No fiddling or fumbling, just great kids show entertainment!
You supply the ordinary party balloon.
CONDITION: very good.Some expected scuffs and dings for his age.Functions perfectly.Freddie is made of painted wood.He stand about 20" tall.
As you start the trick, draw a silly face on the balloon with a marker before placing in the holder. Have some interaction with your audience about the face, let them laugh. Perhaps do a few lines of a comical ventrilioquism routine at this time (as you draw eyes and nose, ask the balloon head a few questions- of course, he can't answer because you haven't drawn the mouth yet, etc.) Use the trick to deliver a message. Since Freddie at first does not heed the message, he becomes an "airhead"; when he learns his lesson, the head reappears as normal.