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Harv
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I'm seriously thinking of getting a rabbit in the hat puppet. I know the younger kids will like this prop, but at what age group would you leave it at home and do something else?

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I would say under fives maybe 6 depends what you are doing with it.

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I've seen it used with an adult audience and it worked very well. The rabbit was supposed to find the spectators selected card from the deck that was dumped into the hat. The rabbit started throwing all the cards out as the magi apparently did not notice. As the rabbit continues to throw the cards out of the hat, the magi was actually bragging how good his trained little friend was and ended up saying something like "And the day this rabbit can't find the cards anymore, I'm going to make a delicious rabbit stew". At that point the rabbit panicked and started looking all around the floor for the selected card. The rabbit ended up pulling it out, but the selected card was the 8 of Clubs and the cards he found was the 8 of clubs, but it was a long card with the pips all in a row. The routine was excellent and the humor quite funny. The rabbit really performed well. I liked it so much, I went and got my own rabbit in the hat...ok I got 2 rabbit in the hats but who besides my wife is counting? The first one I got was a soft puppet and a soft hat....about $22 The 2nd one I got at a magic jamboree and the hat is hard and the bunny is bigger andcost me $20. A much better prop than the first, and cheaper too. I would not think there would be an age limit for entertainment value because of the prop, I think it would depend on the patter what age is too old.
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Get the rabbit. It will be more popular than you think. It's appeal does not diminish with older children, if anythig the older kids seem to enjoy even more then the younger ones.

I often perform this for the older pre-teen age group & they love it.

I did a boy's 10th birthday recently. The birthdy boy told me afterwards he was disapointed I had not done the rabbit puppet because that was the part he was really looking forward to seeing again.

Do not underestimate the power of the rabbit.
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When I do my rabbit in hat puppet it do it ONLY for adults!
Kids just generally accept it, or argue that they're being "gypped" and it's not a real rabbit.
Adults just love the puppet!
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I have thought about this prop for year.

I don't usually jump into adding things for the nearly normal show.

Over the last few years, I have seen the larger version which appeal to me more. One version is even reversible(the hat not the rabbit)

Although I love vent, I love the possibilities of a Mime Rabbit in this routine. (You have the right to remain silent......)

Thanks for helping me on my nearly normal journey into connecting with my audiences.

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Hello all the rabbit in the hat is aweeeeeeeeesome! it is in every show I do no matter the age, with the older kids I always use it last, bu that time the kids are all on my side and out of the "you can't trick us mode" and into the fun mode so the love the rabbit, and I actually say when I bring him out "everybody this is my PUPPET friend Malcolm , can you all say hi malcom"
I don't try to pretend he is not a puppet, when I first started using it I did not use that line and the kids would just sit there and yell he is a puppet he is a puppet! so know I use that line and it eliminates all that and is just as fun if not more fun!
I told the story on another post, were I performed at a b-day and after the show a mom came up to me mad saying its cruel to force the rabbit to perform in my show.......I actually had to tell her that it was a puppet and she got really embarrased!
anyway its a great investment!
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Music man are you talking about cylde the magic rabbit?
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Harv how is your puppet routine going? Was that video I sent you useful?
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I found a really nice rabbit in the hat puppet at Easter time at our grocery store. For $6.00, I couldn't pass it up. Now your posts have inspired me! I've got to put that puppet into my show!

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Hey Guys,

Where are some good links to rabbit in hat puppets? I seem to remember seeing a very scary looking rabbit with big buggy eyes and a hat that he lived in, but I thought it looked really scary looking for kids.

Thanks,

Felixjr
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Felixjr -

Possibly you are thinking of "rabbid"? That is a latex prop you produce from a dove pan or square circle. It is not a puppet.

Here is one entry for it: http://www.ronjo.com/thestore/prods/RABBIDLATEX.html

Here's a rabbit in hat puppet on Sammy Smith's website: http://www.spsmagic.com/products.asp?product_id=t061

Here's a rabbit in hat puppet on Duane Laflin's website: http://www.laflinmagic.com/cgi-bin/web_s......match=on

Dave Risley is also famous for his rabbit in the hat puppet routine, and sells puppets as well: http://www.daverisley.com/products.html

There are other threads here on the Café, with lots of other links. The Rabbit in Hat puppet has been discussed many times before. Smile

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I actually had to tell her that it was a puppet and she got really embarrased!

That woman thought you could make a rabbit stand up on its legs move its arm and body the whole routine. I think that woman needs locking up how can I rabbit in the hat puppet look that realistic unles its a stuffed one lol

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I use one for all different age groups. I just "play it" differently.

Adults love Binky the Bunny too!
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