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keven
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Where would you go to learn how to pull a rabbit out of a top hat? I am trying to get into old time magic. 1880 style magic.
Any good books or tapes?
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Would this be stand up or would you have a table?

I think there are a couple of rabbit productions in Tarbell. I would suggest you do a search for this topic.

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That trick has been exposed on national TV. A lot of people know how its done.
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In nearly 40 years of magic, I don't guess I've ever actually seen this performed. I always thought it was a fable.

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Well you see I work at a ghost town and I do all sorts of things there . It's not that people know the trick, it's that The trick is being done by a 1880's magician. That's what they will see, and lots of things have been done on TV and people don't have a clue. Smile
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The Tarbell Course, I believe Vol. 5, has a selection of rabbit from hat productions. Some using props, some not. The Trick is still an attention getter.

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Why thank you guys . You have been a big help to me . I have looked all over. Thanks
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Doesn't it always happen this way? About the time I posted that I had never seen this trick performed, I tuned in to "Magic Road Trip" on the Travel Channel last night, and some guy from Gettysburg, PA did it.

Is that what they call "deja vu all over again"?

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There are some ideas in "Magic and Showmanship" by Nelms, a cheap book which everyone should have. Even Mark Wilson's book has production boxes which would work.

I have several friends who produce a rabbit from a doll house. It's shown empty then with a rabbit inside.
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Do you guys have any ideas on 1880s magicians? What other tricks, stunts they might have done?
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Re. old magicians programs.- try the Learned Pig.
There are loads of books on the acts of Chung ling Soo, Max Malini, Charles Bertram, Robert-Houdin. etc.
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Keven, They came in wagons and did not stay long. Some made rain, some brought wonders.
The newspapers and correspondance of the area and time would have some answers for you. Many of that time and area saw rabbits as vermin. Perhaps vanishing a rabbit would go over better?
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How about pulling a hat out of a rabbit!

Hahaha!

Oh wait...that is so gross.

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On 2003-06-21 06:16, eddieloughran wrote:
Re. old magicians programs.- try the Learned Pig.
There are loads of books on the acts of Chung ling Soo, Max Malini, Charles Bertram, Robert-Houdin. etc.
Eddie

I like that I will have to look into that Smile
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On 2003-06-21 12:30, Seismic wrote:
How about pulling a hat out of a rabbit!

Hahaha!

Oh wait...that is so gross.

chris



What end would you pull it out of?

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The reason that the pulling a rabbit out of the hat isn't used so much anymore (besides the fact that that's all laymen think we do) is that magicians used to pull rabbits out by their ears. Would you like to be pull out of a hat by YOUR ears? It may hurt, i'll have to get back to you on that one though.
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Dave that is not exactly correct.

It was the rare magician who pulled a rabbit out of a hat (or anywhere) by its ears! Magicians at the turn of the Last century were much more animal aware than modern magicians. Hey, animals of all kinds (chickens, ducks, rabbits, pigs, and horses) could be found in cities in those days. People raised them for food (and used horses for transportation). I am sure that the odd magician did pick a rabbit up by its ears (I have a photo of Houdini holding a rabbit that appears as if he is picking it up by its ears. However, closer look and you see that Houdini is holding the rabbit under the body with one hand and holding the ears up in the other. It gives the appearance that the rabbit is being lifted by the ears but is not.)

The real reason that you don’t see the rabbit from the hat trick anymore is because men don’t wear hats anymore! It is hard to find a top hat or even a fedora in an audience today. The best one can do is finding a guy who is wearing a baseball cap. I use Flemish Giants and their hind legs would not fit into a ball cap. In fact my Rabbit wears a ball cap in the show!
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I used the Rabbit out of the hat many years ago & always found the audience reaction to be very good. Took it right out of Tarbell. Later I went to the spring rabbits from magic shops. While not as strong as the live production you can have a lot of fun with these altho though they would not be "period". Spring rabbits also have the advantage of not urinating etc all over your props, an important point. Cannon balls were another item pulled from hats back then. I remember seeing an old one (hollow) at Joe Berg's magic shop in Hollywood in the 1960's. Another good source in addition to Tarbell and the wonderful things to be found at The Learned Pig Project (which, by the way includes many old programs of magicians that will help you) would be Professor Hoffmann's Modern Magic. A cheap edition is available from Dover. Recently Stanyon's Magic magazine (1900-1920) has become available on DVD and is an excellent source at a good price. Good luck!
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You guy are so much help . I really do thank you ....
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My dad used to do a 'rabbit-out-of-a-cereal-box' effect, which went down very well at my 7th birthday party!
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