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The Magic Bon Bons

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The Magic Bon Bons

by L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fairy Tale
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely


Here are some magic bonbons. If you eat this one with the lavender color you can dance thereafter as lightly and gracefully as if you had been trained a lifetime. After you consume the pink confection you will sing like a nightingale. Eating the white one will enable you to become the finest elocutionist in the land. The chocolate piece will charm you into playing the piano better than Rubenstein, while after eating you lemon-yellow bonbon you can easily kick six feet above your head.”

“How delightful!” exclaimed Claribel, who was truly enraptured. “You are certainly a most clever sorcerer as well as a considerate compounder,” and she held out her hand for the box.


Magic bon bons intended to help a wannabe vaudeville actress dance…wind up in the wrong hands/mouths. Kind of silly along the way…but not much point, no lessons learned, and no conflict. Just unexpected folks being affected by magic. If you could fashion a NEED/DESIRE for the original vaudeville actress, and some reason besides carelessness why the bon bons end up with someone else, well, perhaps there’s a structure there on which to hang the other silly stuff.


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