Pulling a Rabbit From a Hat

by Andy Field 0 Comments

Pulling a real rabbit out of a top hat is classic trick in magic. However, despite most people having heard of it, very few magicians actually perform it.

The trick goes back several hundred years and is probably credited to John Henry Anderson and Lewis Compte. They would be hired by rich families to perform magic in their homes. These types of magic shows are called parlour magic performances. Basically the magician would use tricks that were larger than close up magic props yet smaller than stage illusions.

The magician would typically have a large table and this would help to conceal secrets and maybe even to hide a rabbit? I wanted to perform my own version of pulling a rabbit from a hat. I create many of my own original tricks for my wedding magician act so I set to work on trying to devise a method here. I wanted my version of pulling a rabbit from a hat to have certain conditions:

1. It must be a modern version done out live on the street.
2. The hat, should it be possible to borrow one, must be a baseball cap.
3. I must perform the effect out in the open air completely surrounded.
4 I must not wear bulky cloths but a short sleeved shirt.
5. The bunny must not be harmed of hurt in any way.
6. Effect must be filmed.

To my delight, satisfaction and my own amazement I managed to achieve my goal.  It took a lot of time and work to devise and create such an amazing street illusion as this but I was totally delighted with the results which you can see in the video clip above.

Sadly Suzie the rabbit is now fully grown so she wont be fitting inside any more baseball caps now.  However, she looks very cute in the video clip and she currently lives at home with us now in a nice large hutch enjoying her early retirement from the movie industry!


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