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craig filicetti
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One book by David Ginn suggests producing a rabbit in the first 10 minutes of the show. I perfer to do it at the end, but have tried both. I have two of his live performances and on one he actually does it in the middle. Any suggestions.
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Hi Craig.

My personal opinion is to always consider the health and safety of your livestock.
If its a warm day or the animal isn't comfortable in the compartment I would suggest it at the beginning of the show. Also consider that if you are using a young rabbit, they like to chew & scratch and I have had a prop destroyed due to this. This is why many suggest it at the start of a show and it is good advice.

You could always have someone load the prop back stage just before you perform it. This is the ideal way of doing things but isn't always practical.

Hope that is helpful.

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Haven't used a live rabbit in years, but in my experience and that of others, once you produce a rabbit (at least with toddlers) you can't do much more. It is a natural finale, and they will want to pet the rabbit. Show is over!

Just my opinion.

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My rabbit appears half-way through the show. We then vanish him and he reappears at the end. The second half of my act revolves around my attempts to get him back. A child from the audience succeeds in the end.
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I agree with Andre. With the little ones, you produce the rabbit and the show's over. I try to use that to my advantage by caging the rabbit and moving her to a location where the kids can watch her "on the way" out and I can clean up without lots of little hands rummaging through my props. I think Ginn's main point is that if you disappear a rabbit, you should reappear it later or the kids get upset (I haven't disappeared - only appeared - but can imagine).

Brad has good points about rabbit comfort, but if you get your bunny a spacious resting area with air, a way for their poop to drop without having to stay in it, and a firm bottom (they hate bags and any other environment where their legs are "dangling" rather than on a firm floor), the bunny 'll be fine. It means having a travel cage (best with wire mesh floor so their droppings can drop and don't build up and make them dirty and subject to sickness - use rabbit breeder cage) and a production box (I cannot rave enough about Barry Mitchell's Presto Production Box, which he seems to have in stock at the moment). Don't use the production box as a resting place for the rabbit. Transport in a breeder travel cage with mesh floor and then transfer to production box before show or during if you have an assistant. Production boxes are not made for rabbit comfort (some don't even have air holes and you have to drill).
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I never produce my rabbit(s) at the end of the show. I hear others say that doing it this way can be a problem, but I have never found it to be so in my shows, even with smaller kids. I will allow kids to pet my bunnies when time permits, but I always tell them I will bring him back out after the show.

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craig filicetti
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Thanks for all the help, she is comfortable so for now so I will keep her for the end. But, will experiment not stop experimenting.

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I always produce my rabbit within the first 10 minutes. I then use her as a small bribe to get the jkids to help me do that show. At the end I bring her back out so that the kids can meet her. Works every time.


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I produce my bird and chinchilla the first quarter. The bunny is produced near the end. My chair suspension is last.
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I generally produce the bunny early in the show, and bring him back for one or two additional effects. I could never see the point of all the trouble and work wiht having a bunny, and only use it for 30 seconds. I make a celebrity out of the bunny -- I let him do more tricks.

Clownboy makes an important point ... safety and comfort of the animal always comes first.
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On 2007-09-13 03:19, craig filicetti wrote:
One book by David Ginn suggests producing a rabbit in the first 10 minutes of the show. I perfer to do it at the end, but have tried both. I have two of his live performances and on one he actually does it in the middle. Any suggestions.

Don't go by David Ginn. It's your show, do what feels right instinctively.
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