The Marx Brothers
Scene 7 - Art Curtains
Scene 8 - The Hypnotist
Chico and Edward Metcalfe
Jane Hurd and Helene Bradley
Chico enters through Curtains.
Chico Behold, a mysterious man am I,
Richman I think you're a fake. I
think you know the first thing about hypnotism. You are supposed to
thrill this woman.
I thrill her. I hypnotize this woman. I take her back centuries and
centuries. I make her think she is Josephine, wife of Napoleon
Bonaparte, Empress of the World.
Richman Yes, but where does the
Chico Well, she is loved by Francois,
Gaston, and Alphonse.
Richman But what about Napoleon?
Chico Napoleon go to the war too
no come home enough. Sometimes he come home too quick. That's where the
thrill comes in.
[MK: Richman You see while Napoleon
the front -
Richman I don't think you know where
Chico I know, but do you know?
Richman Certainly, I know. Hypnotism
taken from the Greeks.
Chico You can't take anything from
Greeks. You see though, I have hypnotic power.
Richman Yes, but you cannot possibly hypnotize a strong minded person.
Chico All right, I hypnotize you. I put you in a hypnotized condition and then I make you think you are something. I know it is hard. Look at me. Your eyes are closing, they are closing, they are closed. You are now fast asleep. Don't double cross me. Now while you are in this condition I make you think you are something you are not. You are a cat.
Chico You are a dog!
Richman Meow, - - - Woof! Woof!
Chico You are a snake.
Richman How do you snake?
Chico Just like a worm, only more.
Richman Yes, but I don't think I am a
Chico You don't but I will give $
anyone who can prove that I don't think you are a snake.
Two Pierrots dance. At the end of dance they draw curtains open.
Library of Congress, Washington. Variations marked MK
from Miles Kreuger Collection,
Institute of the American Musical, Los Angeles.
Chico apparently didn't participate in the "tramp ballet" in Scene 6, but carried on the Greek-theme together with Richman in The Hypnotist. The idea of a hypnotist is another recycled routine from On The Balcony.