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I had a knock off of the original design, and it was antiquated and odd. To me, it is another example, like the Rice, Orange, and Checkers, and a slew of others (just look at that one - can it be taken seriously?), that just haven't kept up with the times. Whether it's the props or the magician (lets avoid having this thread splinter into another rehash of that question), you enter a kid show with the old RRR and you've got extra convincing to do. Not that some magicians don't pull it off (and a few even brilliantly), but props like that are a handicap. The best of this I have worked with is Rutt's Haunted House - it is modern in look, has much more movement (including a "pop out ghost") and exudes fun. We should put the old RRRs on mothballs and get on with the 21st Century.
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Jim Gerrish came up with a version where two characters run back and forth at the same time (or separate times if you choose). It's called "Run, Whatever, Run." He tried to make it entirely out of hardboard and duct tape, but didn't succeed, so instead of that section, we popped it into The Wizards's Journal #13. One advantage is that you can change your characters whenever you want, using your computer and printer to print them out.

http://www.magicnook.com/WIZ13/WJ13-07.htm
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Another fantastic version of "Run Rabbit Run" is Derek Rutt's Haunted House, which uses ghosts instead of rabbits.

http://www.derekrutt.com/haunted%20castle%201.htm

I just received my version and LOVE IT! Can't wait to use it for my Halloween Shows this year!

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Unfortunately Derek Rutt's Haunted Castle is currently out of stock...

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...also currently out of stock is Run Wolf Run...


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Never out of stock is Jim Gerrish's "Run, Whatever, Run!" You'll find everything you need at your local Home Depot or Lumber Yard/Hardware Store.
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I like Gerrish's "Run, Whatever, Run!" All his stuff is original and really teaches you about constructing props. My only problem with it is that by the time I finish, I will have spent more in time and materials than if I had bought. This is for the practical builder with a stocked tool set. It's also a good learning exercise just to read the plans. And he does offer some good graphics. I'd buy the Gerrish design, but then also get Derrick Rutt's Haunted House which slays the pre-school set.
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I have several and my favorite hands down is the Supreme metal version. The slide is short which helps avoid telegraphing what you are actually doing with the prop. It is durable and well painted. Mine is over 25 years old and works/looks like new.

They are not made anymore, but available on auction sites from time to time.
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I actually use my old "Run Dragon Run" a lot more than "Run Wolf Run", because there's a dragon in one of my story shows. When new, it tended to stick, so I rubbed the inside with candle wax. 1000 performances later, and it still glides effortlessly across, requiring the slightest flick from my finger.
In essence, these props all offer the same great "look don't see" bits, but I do like the look of Derek Rutt's Haunted Castle, with it's flying Ghost.....
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Just wondering -- on the Haunted Castle, do you hold it or put it on a table? And can the ghost run across without telegraphing the working with your hand? Looks like a super-fun routine.
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On 2010-03-10 14:19, curtnelson wrote:
Just wondering -- on the Haunted Castle, do you hold it or put it on a table? And can the ghost run across without telegraphing the working with your hand? Looks like a super-fun routine.


I have several different RRR type effects which I hold and walk around with during performance. As for the Haunted Castle I use a table to perform only because I feel more comfortable performing it that way. With the proper misdirection I have personally found that the method isn't anymore noticeable then with any other RRR type effect (perhaps it is because I am sitting down during the performance).

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Run wolf run is my favourite. I don't think the reaction is any different but I like the look and the feel of it. I had bakery bear which was fun but it warped a bit. I always start with the wolf or whatever in a seperate house and have the children make him reappear there in the end. Works for me!
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On 2008-09-27 13:33, Neznarf wrote:
Turbo Bunny:

http://www.kovarimagic.com/Catalogue/Wor......_22.html

I agree. The speed of the rabbit is right for making the kids think you're trying to put one over on them. The mechanism is solid! If I were to buy a RRR, this would be the one I'd buy. It's built to last.
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One of my favourites is run bonzo run sold by a few uk dealers.It is really well made and is quite big and colourful.
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I love Run Wolf Run by Chance. I'm not sure if any of the other RRR versions do this, but I love the fact that the Wolf pops out from the top of the house on the right and from the side of the house on the left. If you time it correctly, it looks like the wolf is moving across to the house on the right and then pops his head up. He then appears to move all the way to the left and peek over the side. I used versions of Hippity Hoppity Rabbit for years, including Chance's Hippity Hoppity Magician, but the reactions from RWR are much more over the top. It's also prettier than a lot of the other versions that I've seen out there. I've used mine in over 200 shows and it is showing zero wear and tear to the art work.
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I love the haunted house version and may get this for halloween shows! The video he has on his site for it is also very funny!

Its in stock as well!
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Hi All
The haunted House is designed to be on a stand or table as It needs two hands to operate it when the ghost travels across and instantly appears over the top if one house . Also it is better to use two hands for the flying ghost as if you are trying to catch it ........and Yes they are in Stock .
I hope this explains the working....Derek
http://www.derekrutt.com/haunted_house.htm
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I just ordered and love the UMSI Run Rabbit Run http://www.abra4magic.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=F063. I've used a Mak version (which I still love) for the past 20 years, but this was a great upgrade. Lot's of new features and a really well made prop.
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Thanks for the answers about the Haunted Castle, Wolly and Derek.
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I too love Dereks Haunted castle and expect them to sell out again, so get yours ASAP.
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