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Topic: Will My Bunny Sit Still?
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Mar 25, 2011 04:31PM)
I am producing my bunny from a home made Blammo Box. It's about 12 inches square. After production, he'll be sitting there without anything to keep him from going over the edge if he should so choose. The box sits on a tray stand that is about 2 feet off the floor.
Here's my question: I plan on doing a Snowstorm routine after his production. Do you think a rabbit will sit on the Blammo Box while I do the Snowstorm? Or should I put him into something else, or cover him with a wire frame, perhaps, after he is produced?

I think I'll pick him up immediately after being produced, and then put him down again for the Snowstorm routine. Thanks!

Message: Posted by: tropicalillusions (Mar 25, 2011 06:06PM)
James, sometimes each rabbit is different. They all have their personalities. Mine sits nice and still on the table for quite sometime after the show. Guests will walk by and get the chance do a gentle touch or pet to get the feel of her fur.
If you have a rabbit that is curious, he or she might want to hop off the edges. If the rabbit is very casual, he or she may sit still. Your best bet is to test them under controlled circumstances. While at home, place her on the table and be standing by to watch her behavior. If they stay in place, then perhaps reward them with a small treat, like a small bit of apple. This way, you can help to condition her behavior.
You will also have to remember... actors do not like to work with kids or animals...LOL. They will steal your attention in a heartbeat. If you have her in view during another routine and she tends to get near the edge of the table (even if you know she won't hop off), the audience's attention will be diverted towards the rabbit because of their natural concern for the animal. Also, all eyes will more than likely be on the critter during your next routine, because they will more than likely do something cute while you are doing your bit. Sometimes while I am doing an educational talk about our rabbit and her heritage, she will yawn very big. Gets a big laugh. So If you don't want interruptions due to the animal, then we recommend to place the rabbit away until the end of the program. Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: bwarren3 (Mar 26, 2011 01:16AM)
Usually we tell the kids, after the production, that we need to put our friend away for now, but he will be back after the show.
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Mar 26, 2011 02:00AM)
If you're unsure, better to be safe than have him take a nose-dive. If you don't mind carrying a basket around, you can condition him to stay in the basket, starting at home with the basket on the floor. If he stays in the basket on the floor, you should be able to move it up to the table.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Mar 26, 2011 03:17AM)
Thanks, Guys. After hearing your advice, I think I'll put him in a top hat and put him inside my table then bring him out after the snowstorm.

Message: Posted by: Regan (Mar 26, 2011 10:46AM)
James, you already have some good advice from everyone. I agree that each bunny is different, and there's no way to know for sure what your bunny might do. I have owned about 8 rabbits during my magic career......most of them have been Netherland Dwarfs. I would have felt safe leaving most all of my Netherlands sitting on an open table top unattended, except for one. He was a jumper! He would leap for long distances from one place to the other. People that saw him do it said he looked like a ski jumper because of the way he lifted and led with his big back feet. I also have a Lionhead that I would never trust! If she gets startled its untelling what she will do!

I find that my bunnies become more docile as they age too, so the age of your bunny might be a factor.

Good luck!

Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Mar 26, 2011 02:45PM)
Thanks. My bunny is a Mini Rex. He seems docile but he does like to run some when I let him out. He seems to just sit on the base and maybe sniff around the edges, but you never know how he'll act at showtime with a lot of people watching him.