There are a large number of Forgetful Freddy variations:
Forgetful Eddie, Forgetful Frieda, Forgetful Frankenstein,
Airhead Rudy, Forgetful Santa, Forgetful Gorilla, Cub Scout,
Grandma and the list goes on and on. In MOST of them, the
plot is the same. The Forgetful Whomever loses his/her head. It
vanishes, usually in a Devils Hank. A Balloon is placed on
top of the body as a replacement for the head. The balloon
breaks, and the head is back. Cheers! Applesauce!
In trying to come up with my own version, I again chose the
wily coyote character that I had used in my Hippity Hop Whatevers
and Run, Roadrunner, Run (included in earlier articles in this
I also wanted to NOT use a Devils Hank to vanish the
coyote's head. For one thing, its what every other magician
and his brother are doing; for another I wanted to use the
Devils Hank for a different effect and I dont believe
in using the same principles twice in the same show, even if the
hanks are different in appearance. To make a short story shorter,
I invented the Optical Delusionator.
The Optical Delusionator is a box into which I can insert the
coyotes head (or any other characters head) and cause
it to visibly shrink down to about the size of a silver dollar. I
then remove the tiny (by comparison) head and vanish it, usually
in a flash of flame as befits the wily coyote.