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Topic: Rabbit in the hat by Duane Laflin, Dave Risley or One Way Street?
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Jan 7, 2005 12:32PM)
I would like to purchase a good rabbit in the hat. I have found three rabbit in the hats available:

1. Duane Laflin sells a rabbit puppet for $25.00 without a hat. The puppet is nicely detailed and has a mouth and has a black sleeve attached to it to hold and conceal the performer's arm.

2. One Way Street sells the puppet with the hat for $40.00. There is also an accessories kit available for routines in the "Realm of the rabbit" booklet. The rabbit does not appear to have a mouth.

3. Dave Risley sells a puppet with a hat for $49.00. It seems to be more fluffy than the other two but appears to be less detailed. He also sells a kit with a foam carrot and a vest for the rabbit.

I would appreciate your comments and opinions as to which of rabbit in the hat I should purchase.

Thank you very much.

Message: Posted by: Regan (Jan 7, 2005 12:59PM)
I don't own any of them, but I have been hearing some good comments about the One Way Street Rabbit In The Hat puppet. I think the Realm of The Rabbit is supposed to be very good also.

Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Jan 7, 2005 01:03PM)

Thank you very much for your comments. It does appear that many people prefer the One Way Street rabbit. I think I will spend the 40 clams. If I don't like it, I have a good recipe for rabbit stew.

Best regards,

Message: Posted by: Regan (Jan 7, 2005 01:17PM)
You're welcome, Michael.

If you get it, I'll bet that rabbit will never go into the pot because you will fall in love with it. If I'm wrong, for goodness sakes don't cook it. I'd say someone would pay to take it off your hands.

Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jan 8, 2005 05:34AM)
Got mine off EBAY for $13 total and serves me well. I forget the label but it was a nice label attached.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Jan 8, 2005 09:18AM)

You got the top hat and the rabbit puppet for $13? Sounds like you got a great deal.

Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Jan 8, 2005 10:41AM)
I got the [url=http://folkmanis.com/imagefilesA/rabinhat.JPG][b]Folkman Rabbit in the Hat[/b][/url] for $15.00 and cut the Hat off. I've used it in a book and in a hat.
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Jan 9, 2005 12:15AM)
I have both the One Way Street puppet and the Laflin puppet. I like them both, and really you can't go wrong with either one.

The Folkman puppet by comparison is just a toy. It is designed for a child size hand. You a very limited as to what body language you can have it do.

Message: Posted by: Bob Johnston (Jan 10, 2005 04:38PM)
Is anyone using a swap-out hat before or after the “rabbit in a hat” routine?

Message: Posted by: Tod Todson (Jan 10, 2005 09:13PM)
I have the same two rabbits as Andy does.

It is true that the Laflin puppet is made of better materials and has some finer details added.

When you compare them, however, I believe the OWS puppet may be the more endearing of the two.

The best bet might be to just add a mouth to the OWS.

Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jan 11, 2005 01:12AM)
Deos the Laflin puppet have a mouth?

Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jan 11, 2005 01:19AM)
Mine off EBAY is a Folkman puppet. Andy is right about the movement though. No way I could get it to turn like Andy's One Way Street Rabbit.
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Jan 11, 2005 02:31AM)
On 2005-01-11 02:12, JamesinLA wrote:
Does the Laflin puppet have a mouth?


Yes, the Laflin puppet is on the right in the picture (my left). You can't control any mouth movement from inside.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jan 12, 2005 01:00AM)
Thanks, Andy. Are you going to market your routine? If so, please let me know. I do vent in my current routine and it has some good jokes, but I haven't worked in a good see/don't see squence into it. I want to add that. I would also probably want to add some slapstick.

Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Jan 12, 2005 03:10AM)
Did you see my performance? I've sent the video out for a nominial charge to quite a few people from the Café.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jan 12, 2005 05:44AM)
I haven't seen it but I would love to. Please let me know how I can pay you. Thanks!

Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Jan 12, 2005 08:21PM)
Try Sammy Smith @ SPSmagic.com. He also has a great routine with the rabbit in the hat callled Puff the Magic Rabbit.
Message: Posted by: BIlly James (Jan 13, 2005 12:42AM)
I love my One Way Street Rabbit....but I have to admit, I think the Laflin rabbit in Andy's pic is a bit cuter!!!!

Maybe I should....(slaps his own face)....stop it! When will all this spending end!?!?!
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jan 21, 2005 04:03AM)
Thanks for sending me your routine. I really really enjoyed it. I have to admit I was completely charmed by Fluffy and, dare I say it, I've got a bit of a crush on him. I think you used the One Way Street puppet for Fluffy on the CD, correct?
Since the One Way Street puppet doesn't have a mouth, I wonder if it could work for me since I do a vent voice for my rabbit character? I wonder how hard it would be to add a mouth.
Could the Laflin puppet be used in the One Way Street hat? Are the puppets interchangeable like that? Thanks again for sharing a great routine. I'd love to see more of your show, not so much to learn from it (though I certain would) but because I enjoy your performing style so much.

Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Jan 21, 2005 04:14AM)
Thanks for your commenst James. Yes they are interchangable. The rabbit in my video is the One Way Street puppet but I am using the laflin puppet now in the old OWS hat.

If you are going to do vent I would suggest the Laflin puppet. It has a mouth & it is cheaper. You can use any hat with it. Just cut a hole at the back for you hand to enter.
Message: Posted by: Cheshire Cat (Jan 21, 2005 05:12AM)
I've seen Andy's DVD using Rabbit in Hat Puppet, following into Needle Thru' Balloon and Bunny Production. It is an 'un-doctored' true recording, and the response from the kids is exceptional. It has even opened up older set minds like ours into thinking about glove/vent routines after 20-odd years of purely specialising in large marionettes in cabaret as a contrast to magic (and we normally do not even give a thought about glancing at other peoples videos etc).

Tony (and Sue).
Message: Posted by: stempleton (Sep 11, 2019 08:45AM)
Another old thread, but I am looking for Dave Risley's rabbit in hat routine, not on VHS. I've made an attempt to contact Dave, but have not heard back. Anyone have a suggestion?