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DarryltheWizard
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At present I'm using a yellowish sponge rabbit with red ears and it's not that realistic. Someone told me that there's a hand made white sponge rabbit out there. Does anyone know who makes it or what dealer carries it?
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At present I'm using a yellowish sponge rabbit with red ears and it's not that realistic.


Realism isn't what makes the sponge rabbits so great, it's the magic happening in their hands that has made this a classic. I have used many different types through the years but always seem to come back to the yellow ones. Actually, I use ladybugs now but it plays the same.
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It's Eddie Ace's. These are the originals that the Ammar Rabbits are based on. They are beautiful and the get the "awwwwwwe" reaction before you even start. Kept in plastic, they last quite awhile. Not cheap, but well worth it!
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Are these the 3-D bunnies I've seen? They're cute!
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Nope, not the 3D Bunnies but the best sponge rabbits or anythings for that matter that you can buy.

Eddie Ace can provide you with just about anything you ask for providing you can describe it or send him a drawing or photo.

He is an excellent craftsman and can carve just about anything out of sponge.

Check Him Out. You Won't Be Sorry.

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I like the 3d bunnies by Gosh/Ammar.
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Does Eddie Ace have a web site or how do I get in contact with him? Thanks.
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Thanks for the info Vincent! I've had a few ideas about various different sponge shapes over the years. I'll have to check this guy out.
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I've been using the yellow bunnies to great reaction every time. Recently I purchased the 3D bunnies, they are a hundred times cuter, however, they feel thicker and bulkier, especially for the final load. Because of that I haven't used them yet. Soon I will.
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I have Ammars ones and norm nielson 3d ones (the Ammar ones I find are good because they really open up big when the hand is opened and they are quite visual) the norm nielson ones are well made , I change between using both
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So many people do sponge rabbits that I stopped doing them years ago. I'd actually take them out at a table and people would say "oh no, not the foam rabbit trick again..." so I stopped - but, Mike rogers used to put out a really nice set if he still makes them.
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First, Mike is deceased.
Second, in 25 years of working close-up and tables, no one has ever(!) said, "Not the rabbit trick again" to me.
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Rabbits don't really fit my image. Do they make, say... bats?
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The rabbits don't really fit my style, but I use them anyway. Especially for women, they're are the true killers to them. A lot of times after I did the bunnies, I'm doing some very nice Card tricks. Ambition card, finished with card to pocket and pack to pocket. Sure, they like it, but when I say goodbye to the people they always say: the bunnies, they were REALLY great. I kind a hate these little ***s... Smile
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Darryl,

You can go to your local magic shop and try to get them orded. If not, the local magic shop in Cincinnati has them. They are $40 a set and real nice. The web site is hanieshoc.com. If they are not on there, call them and they can send them to you. Just ask for betty and tell her Tom James sent you. She will hook you right up.

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I use the Sponge Bunnies all the time; they seem to be favored primarily by rank beginners and hardened professionals.

Done properly, they are one of the strongest things you can do. There is simply nothing stronger than magic happening in the spectator's hands. In my routine the first bunny appears visibly in child's open hands - and that's when the adults at the table scream.

I have tried several sets of bunnies over the years. The Eddie Ace bunnies are by far the best quality. Unfortunately, they are made form a type of sponge that is so bulky that using any decent number of babies will tip off the final load.

So I use the Goshman/Ammar "3D" bunnies, which I believe are made now only in buff with brown highlights and not red. THey are "Super Soft" and so the spec is less likely to tip to the final load.

I get special, larger "Poppa" bunnies from Steve Dacri because they create a larger contrast in size with the babies. I also get babies in bulk, because it's so easy to lose them.

I use 3 adults and 7 babies in my routine, because the transpo to the spec's hand is SO much stronger if they can see the 2nd adult going into my hand AFTER they have the "one" in their hand. I use seven babies because that's the minimum number that the average person will have trouble counting at a glance, so they register as "many" - and I want to create the impression that there are HUGE numbers of bunnies appearing.

I also use a wand, which covers a multitude of sins, and gives you two free passes into your pockets - one to get the wand, one to put it away.

Hope this helps,
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I don't know if it's current or not, but I have a phone number for Eddie Ace, from his business card - (412) 462-1557.

I almost bought a set of his bunnies. Then the 3-D rabbits came out.
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On 2004-06-27 02:03, Firedice27 wrote:
Rabbits don't really fit my image. Do they make, say... bats?

You could make them, but people would think you are batty.
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Steve Dacri's are the best. I use the normal size ones and finish with the Goshman Jumbo. I've had problems with customer service with him in the past however.

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On 2004-08-18 01:59, cjmagicman wrote:
Steve Dacri's are the best. I use the normal size ones and finish with the Goshman Jumbo. I've had problems with customer service with him in the past however.

Caleb


I also found that his customer service stinks.
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On 2004-06-28 18:04, EricHenning wrote:
I use the Sponge Bunnies all the time; they seem to be favored primarily by rank beginners and hardened professionals.

Done properly, they are one of the strongest things you can do. There is simply nothing stronger than magic happening in the spectator's hands. In my routine the first bunny appears visibly in child's open hands - and that's when the adults at the table scream.

I have tried several sets of bunnies over the years. The Eddie Ace bunnies are by far the best quality. Unfortunately, they are made form a type of sponge that is so bulky that using any decent number of babies will tip off the final load.

So I use the Goshman/Ammar "3D" bunnies, which I believe are made now only in buff with brown highlights and not red. THey are "Super Soft" and so the spec is less likely to tip to the final load.

I get special, larger "Poppa" bunnies from Steve Dacri because they create a larger contrast in size with the babies. I also get babies in bulk, because it's so easy to lose them.

I use 3 adults and 7 babies in my routine, because the transpo to the spec's hand is SO much stronger if they can see the 2nd adult going into my hand AFTER they have the "one" in their hand. I use seven babies because that's the minimum number that the average person will have trouble counting at a glance, so they register as "many" - and I want to create the impression that there are HUGE numbers of bunnies appearing.

I also use a wand, which covers a multitude of sins, and gives you two free passes into your pockets - one to get the wand, one to put it away.

Hope this helps,




I agree with the above AND would add that this trick is a rare case where quantity is more important than quality--check the dealers for "Rabbit Explosion"--this is inexpensive and EFFECTIVE. Smile
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Jay Scott Berry has fine Rabbits (Bunnies):
http://www.jayscottberry.com/jsbsponges.html
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On 2004-06-26 19:53, gkfreed wrote:
First, Mike is deceased.
Second, in 25 years of working close-up and tables, no one has ever(!) said, "Not the rabbit trick again" to me.


Maybe now he's making sponge angels.

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Gosh Man I don't know.

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Eric Henning,

Great post, man! You answered just about every conceivable question about bunnies I've ever had. Thanks!
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Doesn't anyone dislike having to pay full retail to replace the bunnies when they wear out. I understand needing to pay it the first time for the "secret" and all, but after that they are a commodity like mouth coils.

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I tried to carve my own once from some bulk foam I purchased. They ended up looking like, well, little butchered squares.

I'll pay the money.
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To Reis O'Brien:

I don't know about bats but Eddie Ace makes other figures besides rabbits. I remember several years ago when the movie "Gremlins" came out, he was making those. I beleive he also makes bears and probably other things. He might even make something custom for you. And regardless to what anyone on this thread says, Eddie's really are the best quality around. Trust me, I've seen em all.


To EricHenning:

Hey bucko, how's it been going? we haven't spoken since the Inaugural Ball almost 4 years ago. Good to know you're still going strong.

Regarding the size of the final load in the spectators hand. I use 2 adults and 8 babies (Eddie Ace brand). First, I should mention that at the end of the routine they beleive I am handing them both adults to hold. Not just one. Which will justify a little more bulk than if they thought they were only supposed to be holding one.

The other thing I do, and I'm sure you do this too, is I make sure that I use a different person for each phase of the routine. In other words, the person who is holding all the bunnies at the end, never got to hold the bunnies before that. So, they have no idea what it feels like to have 2 bunnies in their closed hand. It's a small thing but it makes a big difference.

all the best to you sponge workers.

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One of the regulars here on the Café produces a wonderful set of Bunnies. His come with a real workers routine. The neat thing about these Bunnies is they come with a couple of great gags built in. PM bdekolta for more info.

Ronnie
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Hi

I will credit Alan Astra with this as he told me, although it my be someone elses.

On the final load he puts about a dozen small bunnies in their hand.

On the offbeat he loads his own hand with at least another dozen.

On the reveal he take the rabbits out off the punters hand and puts then on the table - spreading them with his loaded other hand saying "Just look how many there are"


24 bunnies for the price of a 12 bunnie load.


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