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Topic: Can you pull a rabbit out of a hat?
Message: Posted by: RonCalhoun (Jan 14, 2005 11:44PM)
Can you pull a rabbit out of a hat?

When people find out you do magic do they ever ask you to pull a rabbit out of a hat?

Although I actually know several methods, I have never performed this classic, [b]nor have I actually seen another magician do so either.[/b]

Question 1: Do you get the rabbit out of a hat question?

Question 2: Have you EVER actually seen a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat?

Ron Calhoun
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 14, 2005 11:52PM)
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On 2005-01-15 00:44, RonCalhoun wrote:
Can you pull a rabbit out of a hat?

When people find out you do magic do they ever ask you to pull a rabbit out of a hat?

Question 1: Do you get the rabbit out of a hat question?

Question 2: Have you EVER actually seen a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat?
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Yes!

Yes!

Question 3: Have you ever done it? Yes!

Bob
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: mdspark (Jan 15, 2005 02:07AM)
I get this question all the time. Actually, I get tired of hearing that and "can you make my wife dissappear?" Anyway,I usually say, "yes I can, I just can't figure out how to get it in there without your seeing it!"
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jan 16, 2005 02:03AM)
Yes, many times. I even had a special hat to produce the rabbit but unfortunately, my young rabbit got in the hat and didn't want to come out:)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 16, 2005 09:05AM)
Candini,

About twenty years back it became the fashion to produce live bunnies from huge brandy snifters in nightclub and hotel magic. The problem was the same. The bunnies enjoyed being in the "hole" and hated coming out. (And people ask if the rabbits are mistreated? Well we did have to wake them up!)

Bob
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jan 17, 2005 12:10AM)
LOL.....Bob, nice and cozy who would want to come out?:)
Message: Posted by: Elliott Hodges (Jan 25, 2005 08:39AM)
I was under the impression that the original way to do it was to steal and load the rabbit in.
That would take some misdirection!!
Does anyone perform this version still?
Message: Posted by: ckaleto (Jan 25, 2005 11:15AM)
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On 2005-01-25 09:39, Elliott Hodges wrote:
I was under the impression that the original way to do it was to steal and load the rabbit in.
That would take some misdirection!!
Does anyone perform this version still?
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If I remember, it 's the version described by the Masked Magician = Valentino.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 26, 2005 01:33PM)
Alan Shaxon of England performs this effect and at his lectures. His is the best method.
Message: Posted by: Elliott Hodges (Jan 27, 2005 03:09PM)
Thanks guys.
How could you load a rabbit in the hat though?
I mean you can't exactly finger palm it.
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Jan 27, 2005 04:59PM)
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On 2005-01-26 14:33, wmhegbli wrote:
Alan Shaxon of England performs this effect and at his lectures. His is the best method.

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Hi Bill.
Eric Sharp has the best method. I'm presently using his way for the hat production.
Actually, there is no body,or table steal.
Richard Lyn
Message: Posted by: ChrisJ (Jan 27, 2005 08:52PM)
While on the topic of Rabbit in the hat. I have been thinking of maybe getting a pet rabbit to work into a few small illusions for the shows I will be doing for my sons school each year. I started this year and I want to carry it out while he is in grade school. Is there a preferred breed? Books on training them for magic etc?

Chris
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Jan 28, 2005 11:27PM)
Definitely.
I have a show that revolves and builds around pulling a rabbit from a hat. I use the rabbit I am holding for this.
Message: Posted by: Magic Blinds (Feb 8, 2005 02:43AM)
You can have a hat with a preloaded bunny inside, 2 words: black art.
Message: Posted by: Elliott Hodges (Feb 14, 2005 11:56AM)
I asked a question about misdirection for rabbit loads. Can anybody answer it?

Posted: Apr 2, 2005 4:10am
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Sorry about my rudeness guys
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 2, 2005 03:57AM)
[quote]
On 2005-01-25 09:39, Elliott Hodges wrote:
I was under the impression that the original way to do it was to steal and load the rabbit in.
That would take some misdirection!!
Does anyone perform this version still?
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Again, Alan Shaxon of England. He comes down in the audience with a tripod table. He displays the hat, shows the table clothe and table. Places the Hat on the table and produces a live rabbit.

I have given several members the information for this wonderful production. None thought to use it, because it is not a box or tube, so it is dismissed by them. It only requires a tripod table, table cloth, and a Top Hat. That is an investment of anywhere from $150 to $300 depending the quality of the props.

Finally, it requires practice, and a good amount of it to present it with the excitement and flare it deserves.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Apr 2, 2005 09:20AM)
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On 2005-04-02 04:57, wmhegbli wrote:


Again, Alan Shaxon of England. He comes down in the audience with a tripod table. He displays the hat, shows the table clothe and table. Places the Hat on the table and produces a live rabbit.

I have given several members the information for this wonderful production. None thought to use it, because it is not a box or tube, so it is dismissed by them. It only requires a tripod table, table cloth, and a Top Hat. That is an investment of anywhere from $150 to $300 depending the quality of the props.

Finally, it requires practice, and a good amount of it to present it with the excitement and flare it deserves.

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I am very interested in the Shaxon version you describe . Everything I've ever read from Shaxon is top-notch , very well thought out magic.

Is his rabbit production in a book or lecture notes?

Also, have you taken a look at Billy McComb's?

It's here on the Steven's Gemini Archives:

http://www.stevensmagic.com/gemini/Billy%20McComb/TheUltimateIdentification.htm
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Apr 24, 2005 01:25AM)
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On 2005-04-02 10:20, David Todd wrote:

I am very interested in the Shaxon version you describe . Everything I've ever read from Shaxon is top-notch , very well thought out magic.

Is his rabbit production in a book or lecture notes ?
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I'm not sure, but I found an email address for Mr. Shaxon. Look at the link below for his contact info.

http://www.themagiccircle.co.uk/alanshaxon.shtml

MM
Message: Posted by: MagicalPirate (Apr 27, 2005 09:42AM)
Use a Rabbit prop. Stuff in the bottom of a black lined hat. Place Silk over rabbit (you know what color) and voila.

Martin :pirate:
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Apr 28, 2005 05:05AM)
Just a note that usually gets overlooked. Tarbell has many rabbit productions; in fact one version is similar to an Alan Shaxon production. I keep forgetting the quality of magic buried within Tarbell's pages. I usually end up kicking myself for not looking there in the first place, remembering that the material is far from outdated.

MM
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Apr 28, 2005 06:09AM)
Can you pull a rabbit out of a hat?

Yes. The rabbit from the top hat (actually the collapsible “opera hat”) was in my assembly show for over 10 years. So there are literally thousands of kids (now young and not so young adults) that have seen the rabbit from the hat trick.

When people find out you do magic do they ever ask you to pull a rabbit out of a hat?

Not often but it has happened a few times in my almost 50 years of performing. More likely they simply ask for me to “do a trick”.


Question 1: Do you get the rabbit out of a hat question?
Yes, but not often (see above)

Question 2: Have you EVER actually seen a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat?
Yes. Several differrent magicians.