Hi Bill -
I've got some additional information regarding these two effects:
Originally posted by Bill Duncan:
I've heard some good things about Mr. Bauer over the years but I've never seen him work. How does his "Gypsy Curse" or "Hornswoggled" improve the standard handlings? Or is it the case that you are paying for his script?
Both of these routines follow a similar handling to the original effects. However, the technique/handling/ or where an Elmsley count appears isn't as important as the overall audience reaction.
The Gypsy Curse and the Hornswoggled Again are all premise based that have a PAYOFF in the end.
Magic is flooded with magic tricks that are just SHOW and TELL. The audience sees the trick, thinks its kinda neat, and then moves on to their next thought.
Do you ever see any tricks that are just tricks and don't go anywhere? (Any matrix, coins across, and pick a card tricks can fall into this category)
The Gypsy Curse allows you to apply your own subtext to the character who has the bad luck curse because of his ancestor's folly. It also sets you up to perform the Cursed Ring since there is a tie in between two effects.
In the Stars of Magic version of Hornswoggled the trick just ends with you making more money (10% more). There really isn't a payoff or a contrasting event that gets a laugh out of the audience. In Hornswoggled Again you demonstrate how a person is hornswoggled, demonstrate your fool-proof method to prevent being hornswoggled, only to be Hornswoggled Again by your participant.
These scripts build a series of funny offbeat momments that have a larger impact on your audience...plus it is a lot of fun for you to perform.
I just got done reading Butch, Ringo and the Sheep. If you ever passed on the Theives and Sheep trick, because you thought it was too simple or just BLAH...then check out Butch and Ringo.
This stuff is gold.