|Topic: Production Boxes|
|What's the best box to produce a small animal (duck or rabbit)?|
That would depend on a number of factors:
How long does the animal have to be in the container?
What are the angle problems, if any?
How big an animal?
When, in the act, is it being produced?
And so on.
Remember: An animal is NOT a prop; it is a living, breathing, sentient creature, just like you.
And it should be treated as such.
That is, with care, consideration, and respect for another living creature.
If not for that animal's sake, then do it for your own:
Nothing is going to turn an audience against you faster than the mistreatment -- or perceived mistreatment -- of an animal.
Abbott's sells some props for producing large rabbits and ducks, but you'll need an assistant to load the animal, just prior to the production. If you don't work with an assistant, forget about producing an animal.
When I used a rabbit in the show, I had an elaborate set-up for keeping the rabbit comfortable. He was a small rabbit who sat in the mirror box, in the suitcase table, until the prop was brought out for the finale. He had a light harness around him so that he wouldn't rattle around and a battery operated fan kept him comfortable. If it was a hot day, I kept a spray bottle of water handy to mist his ears, to keep him cool when the fan wasn't on him.
|I don't want to have to worry about any angle problems. Right now I'm looking at a Mirror Box. And I never thought about how long the animal would have to be in there. Thanks|
If you have restricted angles I would suggest an Owen Magic Supreme "Enchanted Rabbit Hutch" or something similar . The Owen "Enchanted Rabbit Hutch is about $350.00 .
Owen Magic Supreme
Harlin Magic makes a beautiful Duck Bucket/Bunny Bucket. (the regular size is for a Duck or a large Rabbit; he'll make a smaller version for a small rabbit )
No angle problems. Take a look:
Denny & Lee Magic Studio sells something that looks good called the Maquintire Livestock Production Box for $235.00. Here's the link:
If angles are not a problem then I would say U.F. Grant's "Victory" Rabbit Production is the best I've used. It's described in Tarbell and also in Grant's "Victory Carton Illusions" (all the illusions are constructed from cardboard boxes and cartons).
You start with a simple cardboard box under your arm, folded flat. (size of the box will vary depending on the size of the rabbit. My box is 14 inches by 14 inches to accomodate a smallish - to - medium size rabbit)
You unfold the box and show the inside completely empty. Put the box down on a table (can be an undraped, thin table) and produce the bunny. Simple and clean. The fact that the box is folded up flat at the beginning is a real convincer , plus the very commonplace appearance of the cardboard box takes the "heat" off the box.
The best way to do this sort of thing of course is to have an assistant who can load the rabbit off stage (or behind a screen ) just before it's time to do the trick. The assistant could then carry on the box folded up under their arm and give it to you to show empty .
Downside is that the angles do not allow you to perform this surrounded.