06 June 2009

Razzle Dazzle 'Em

One of the most memorable scene in the musical Chicago is Razzle Dazzle where lawyer Billy Flynn uses his showmanship skills to make a spectacle out of accused Roxie Hart's murder trial thus winning her sympathy votes who was eventually proclaimed innocent and acquitted.

The strategy here is that you cover up the truth with the magic of lights and sounds, and thus even for a short time blind people from reality and get away with it. As Billy Flynn said, "It's all a circus. The whole world is showbusiness!"

Mr. B. was told me today that he needs to put up a show. A circus. A performance. Perhaps even like no other he has ever done before. For what reason, I asked? Well, to entertain a group of humans who has been toiling so hard for the farm lately. Bluntly put, to dazzle them with spectacles so any imperfections and frustrations be forgotten for a while. So Mr. B. has to form a group of jesters and plan for a performance worthy of Tony Awards Night.

Aren't humans so gullible? More amazing is that they allow themselves to believe and won't see right through the grand display. Anyway, perhaps I am talking gibberish here. I am confident that Mr. B. will show them the first rate sorcerer that he is.

Razzle Dazzle
John Kander/Fred Ebb

Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle, razzle dazzle ‘em
Give ‘em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give ‘em the old hocus pocus, bead and feather ‘em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting ?
Razzle dazzle 'em and they'll never catch wise!

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle, razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em a show that's so splendiferous
Row after row will grow vociferous
Give 'em the old flim flam flummox, fool and fracture 'em
How can they hear the truth above the roar?

Throw 'em a fake and a finagle
They'll never know you're just a bagel
Razzle dazzle 'em and they'll beg you for more!

Give 'em the old double whammy, daze and dizzy 'em
Back since the days of old Methuselah
Everyone loves the big bambooz-a-ler
Give 'em the old three ring circus, stun and stagger 'em
When you're in trouble, go into your dance

Though you are stiffer than a girder
They let you get away with a murder
Razzle dazzle 'em and you've got a romance!

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle, razzle dazzle 'em
Show 'em the first rate sorcerer you are
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you got no talents?
Razzle dazzle 'em and they'll make you a star!

Video Credit : Miramax Motion Pictures

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