This effect is based on a an old children’s toy of the 1930’s. Others, including: Fred Kaps, Eddy Tayelbaum, Toni Lackner, Ken Brooke, Herbert Martin Paufler have also created effects with the same basic principle.
You tell the story of a Chinese salesmen named Hing-Fong that by mistake once was accused of having stolen some gold coins. Hing-Fong was fated to die and as usual in old times he was beheaded. They put his dead body inside a death-barrel and buried his head somewhere else, because according to an old Chinese legend this action would make him a restless spirit that is cursed to wander on earth for all times. A few days later when an old and very wise sorcerer came into town it turned out that Hing-Fong indeed has been innocent.
So the sorcerer tried to bring the salesmen back from the dead. While you tell the story the head of the salesman can be seen traveling around, a billet that has the verdict on it changes mysteriously into something else and finally a small salesmen figure can bee seen returning from the dead and jumping (!) out of the barrel (of course with his head back on its body) A wonderful story-telling trick.
Francois Danis put out a very similar routine and collection of props in 2014 called Lian Chu Goes to The Market.
(Notice: this comes with original German instructions and an English translation but I’m not able to keep the salesman fully into the barrel, only half way down, and to make him jump all the way up you have to push down and let go. Everything appears to be here so I’m not sure if the translated instructions are incorrect or something is missing. It is still an adorable outfit and maybe with a little digging you’ll be able to figure it out. As a result of this issue I am listing this at a low opening price with no reserve, so please be aware of this if you bid.)
(Notice: Includes: Printed Instructions.)