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Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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I know that rats are very intelligent animals and can be trained to do many things. They could easily be taught to pick a card. I was wondering if anyone uses them in their shows
Rook
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I've trained rats, but not in my shows (I used to work in a neuroscience lab). You might, however, enjoy this:
http://www.cirquedusewershow.com/
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

-Roald Dahl
Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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Thanks for sharing. That was interesting
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Unless your style is dark, I find rats to be in poor taste in any magic act. A hamster would be a better option. I had a friend who would perform with two rats in his show until the day one of them got loose in his show and bit a girl in the audience.
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As someone who has owned pet rats; I can attest to their amazing-ness as pets.
I would say that a pet hamster is far more likely to bite than most domestic rats.
If you get a rat very young; they will look at you as their mother..
Mine used to excitedly lick my face when I came home.. they really are just like little dogs
However - there is a downside to rats.. the main thing being their very short life expectancy.
Most are lucky to make it past the 2 - 3 year range.
They can also get depressed if left alone.. they need a lot of attention (they love riding on your shoulder!)
Females are better pets than males.. for shows; I would also recommend females if for no other reason than
The males have hilariously massive.. umm - sacks. Haha... for real though.
Another thing is that almost every rat develops either tumours or a serious respiratory disease called mycoplasma.. which makes it appear
As though they are bleeding from the nose and eyes..
but they are wonderful pets!!
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