Make a box of thin boards without a bottom or top. Size: 12 inches long x 10 inches wide x 10 inches deep. Paint and decorate the box with stripes as you did the table and table top.

Figure 8.

Top for Box:

The top for box is also of thin three-ply wood. Make this top 14 1/2 inches long x 12 1/2 inches wide. Paint and decorate it as you did the table top. It is well to establish a certain color harmony between the four pieces of apparatus -- the base of the table, the special table top, the box, and the box top. It is effective to use Chinese characters or decorations on them, although you may decorate them in any manner you choose.

Figure 9.


Place rabbit in the bag of the special table top, close down lid, and fix catch. Arrange the four pieces of apparatus on a chair in this manner: Box top against back of chair; Box in front of it on seat of chair; Special table top on the box; Table base on table top. Rabbit, of course, is under the table top inside the box.

Figure 10. To Perform:

Come forward and start with your Patter.

"Once upon a time, an old Chinese conjurer told me how he used to make certain wishes come true. 'First of all,' he said, 'make a table. Take a table base with a hole in it.'"

Pick up the table base. Show it to audience, turning it all around and on end so that they can see through it. This is to show that nothing is concealed.

Figure 11.

Now place the table base on a table, setting it squarely in front of audience so that they can see it plainly.

Figure 12.

"Then he told me to place table top on this."

Pickup the table top, grasping it by the end farthest away from the audience. This causes the other end to slant downward and thus conceal the rabbit in the bag under it. Place this top on the table base, putting down the side nearest the audience first.

Figures 13 and 14.

Do this quickly and in a careless manner, as though you just picked up a board and laid it on the table base to make a top. Your MISDIRECTION here is your easy way of handling the special top.

"Now the important part is this magic Chinese Wishing Box."

Pick up the box. Run your right arm through it to show it empty, also hold it up high and move it from side to side so that audience can see through it and is convinced that it is empty.

"This box was built during an early Chinese Dynasty, 935 B. C. — B. C. meaning By Chinaman. By Chee Wu, the grandfather of Ching Poo. In fact, Chee Wu gave me this box himself. 'Now place the box on the table,' said Chee Wu, 'and cover it carefully.'"

Place the box on the table top. Then pick up box top, show it on all sides, and place it on box.

Figure 15.

"The lid is on. This is the box that makes wishes come true. Will you make a wish, sir?"

Nod in the direction of someone in the audience, but to no one in particular.

"What a strange wish, sir. The gentleman wishes for a rabbit's foot. No doubt, to keep the evil spirits away."

As you say this, with left hand raise end of lid farthest from audience. With right hand reach into box, open door of table top, grasp rabbit by the ears, and pull him out.

Figure 16.

The rabbit is produced, of course, from under the table top, which is under the box. To the audience, however, it appears that you take the rabbit right out of the box. As you produce rabbit, remove top of box entirely, then show rabbit so that all can see.

Figure 17.

"There you are, sir, not only one rabbit's foot, but four of them."


Should you ever desire to use box for a Color Changing Rabbit Production, work it this way: Have a white rabbit in the bag in table top. Have a black rabbit out in full view. Remove box top and reach into box with left hand. Raise door of special table top. Take the white rabbit out of the bag and drop the black one in. Now Produce the white rabbit. Let the door of the table top fall back into place with the catch securing it. It is well to pad the door with felt to prevent its making a loud noise when falling. Then remove the box and show it empty.

If apparatus is large enough, the two rabbits may be placed in the bag at the beginning. Take the black one out first, then pretend to overhear someone saying that they do not want a black rabbit. Use suitable patter here. Then drop black rabbit back into the bag and produce the white one. In this production, lift up the box and show it empty after each color change.

Work quickly! Fumbling ruins your effect. To the audience a second seems as long as a minute if your performance is not snappy.


"Sucker" tricks in Magic are those in which the performer apparently "gives away" the trick. This is done in an exaggerated manner, and the audience is sure that they know how to do it, much to the performer's discomfiture. The magician tries to cover up matters, only to make them worse, until at the finish he proves that the audience is wrong in their conclusions and that he has fooled them after all. You have an example of the "sucker" effect in the last lesson when you use the Egg Bag and pretend to place an egg in your trouser's pocket. These effects are always very popular in Magic.

This "Sucker" Rabbit Vanish is amazing. Juvenile audiences almost go into a riot over it.


Performer constructs a box with a lid on it. He takes a live rabbit and drops him into the box. Then he makes a magic circle over the box with his hand, removes the lid, and shows the box empty. But suddenly the audience awakes to the fact that there is a false partition in the box and that the rabbit is under that. Magician appears to be embarrassed. After much by-play, he finally raises the partition and opens up the bottom of the box to prove conclusively that the rabbit has vanished.



Special Top:

Follow the directions given you for building the Special Table Top in preceding effect. This special top is constructed in the same way. Size: 14 1/2 inches long x 13 1/2 inches wide. Door size: 8 x 10 inches, with hinges and catch as in Special Table Top.

Figure 19 shows bag in this Special Top with door open. As you see, it looks just like the special table top.

Special Rabbit Box:

Make this box of rather thin wood. Take two boards, each 6 x 10 inches. Place two of the 10-inch sides together and secure them by some kind of catch which can be opened. This forms the bottom of the box, making it 10 x 12 inches. When the box is completed, these two boards act as doors. Now take two boards 12 inches long x 6 inches wide and two others 10 inches long x 6 inches wide. These form the sides of your box. Hinge them all to the bottom, fitting them tight together. Now take another board about 9 1/2 inches x 6 inches. Place this inside the box with a 9 1/2-inch side against a 10-inch end of the box. Hinge this about one inch from the top of the box. Let the other end fall to the bottom of the box and put a small knob on it.

Figure 20 shows a cross section of the box. Notice the catch in the bottom, the hinges on the sides, and the little partition with the hinges and knob inside the box.

Figure 21 shows the box as it looks when completed.

Figure 22 shows the box opened. The catch on the bottom is opened and the two sections open out like doors. The partition is opened outward also with the aid of the knob on it. The audience believes that the rabbit is concealed under this partition.


To prepare:

Have the Special Top lying on the table with the bag underneath, of course. The bag collapses and the top lies flat on the table. Have the Box and Rabbit on table nearby.

To perform:

Pick up the Rabbit.

"This is quite an extraordinary rabbit. He is an Easter rabbit and lives in Easter-Egg-Land. It is only by special consent that he has come to visit us at this time of the year. I had to assure him that if he would come to visit us I would get him home all right."

Pick up Special Top by rear edge to conceal bag underneath. Place it on Box, putting front edge down first to screen bag.

Figure 23.

Figure 24 shows box as it appears to audience. To them the lid is just an ordinary board covering the box.

"This is a rabbit house that I had made for Bunny on his official visit. It is here that he lays Easter eggs."

Open door in the Special Top. Hold rabbit up high for a moment, then place him inside. Rabbit apparently goes into the box, but really goes only into the bag.

Figure 25.

Get the rabbit well into the bag. Close door in the Special Top and spring the catch. Figure 26 is a cross section of the box, showing the rabbit in the bag.

Talk to the rabbit inside by bringing your head down near box.

"Are you there all right?"

Pretend the rabbit is answering you. Talk in a subdued ventriloquial voice when answering yourself. Say, "Yes, I'm here all right." Then to audience:

"See, he says that he's all right. What color eggs would you like to have him lay? Blue? Bunny, Bunny, the little girl says she wishes you would lay some blue Easter eggs."

Place ear near box as though listening for a reply. "Did you hear him say anything? That's funny."

Remove top of box. Hold bag side away from audience, of course. Keep eyes on box. Place top on a chair nearby or give it to an assistant. Do this quickly as though you are eager to go on and examine the box.

Figure 27.

Pick up box as though it were rather heavy because of the rabbit under the partition. Hold top of box out toward audience. With right hand hold partition down inside box.

Figure 2 8.

"The little girl wanted blue eggs, and I guess he just 'blue' away."

Move right hand farther down on partition. Lift it up a little and then replace as though rabbit were trying to push partition up.

About this time the "show" starts with the youngsters. They think that the rabbit has not vanished at all but is under the slanting door in the box.

"We are all satisfied that the rabbit has vanished."

The children are not satisfied, however, and clamor to see under the door.

"Oh, underneath — Oh, no, the rabbit isn't underneath."

Show bottom of box. As the commotion grows, show various parts of the box, but not under the partition. Finally say:

"Oh, under here. There is nothing there. THAT IS JUST THE FLAT BOTTOM OF THE BOX. So now, we're all satisfied that he has gone."

Pretend that you are going to put box away. Finally, when the excitement is at a high pitch, say:

"Oh, I forgot I had a special bedroom built for the rabbit, and you think he is in there."

Open up the slanting door, then release catch at bottom of box, allowing bottom doors to open out.

"He's nowhere around here. He's back in his home in



This method of working is presented for use when there are quite a number of children in the audience. It may also be presented as a straight vanish in pantomime style without using Patter at all. This method takes only a few moments.

After you have disposed of top when doing it in pantomime, pretend to hear someone say that rabbit is under slanting door. Shake your head, raise door, and open bottom sections to show box empty.


The effect can be performed with a cardboard box. In spite of the simplicity of the apparatus, it is easy to produce a rabbit, and the production is very effective.


A cardboard hat box is shown empty. The top is shown on both sides and removed, then rest of box is examined. Top is then replaced. In an instant, Magician opens box again and produces a rabbit from it.


1 -- A heavy cardboard box with lid.

2 -- A black cloth bag to hold rabbit.


The Hat Box:

Use a heavy cardboard box, 10 or 12 inches square, with a removable lid.

Figure 29.

FOR STAGE USE OR CLUB SHOWS it is well to make a box of thin three-ply wood. Paint the outside to resemble a hat box, making it white and striping it with blue, green, or red, or cover it with bright red satin for a pretty effect. Line with green. If you desire, you may make the bottom in two sections hinged to the sides and with a catch so that it can be opened to permit spectators to look through box.

The Rabbit Bag:

This should be made of soft black cloth. Fold over a piece of cloth to make the bag 10 x 7 3/4 inches. Round the bottom corners and stitch around three sides of the bag. Turn the top in to make a hem and run a black draw string through it, knotting the ends. At one end of top sew a hook and at the other an eye as shown in illustration. Near end of draw string at top, sew a heavy black linen thread about 2 1/4 inches long. To the end of the thread tie half of a snap fastener. Use a large fastener, size 3-0 or larger.

Study Figure 30 carefully. It gives you a detailed diagram of the construction of the bag.

Figure 31 shows how rabbit is placed inside the bag. Draw the draw string tight at the top and hook the hook and eye to hold it secure. Leave the linen thread with fastener outside.

Top of Box:

Sew the other half of edge of lid. Now snap box lid. This permits inside of the lid.

Figure 32.

snap fastener to inside of one the fastener on thread to one on the bag with the rabbit to hang

Place top of box on box. Bag with rabbit hangs down inside attached to lid by thread and fastener.

Figure 33.


To Prepare:

Have box arranged as in Figure 33 with rabbit and bag to rear. Bring it in and place on table or have assistant hold it.

To Perform:

With left hand at back of lid and right hand at front, raise the lid a little and slide it forward on top of box. Curl your left fingers under lid and hold snap fastener to prevent unloosening.

Figure 34.

Figure 35.

Raise front part of lid (A) upward to show INSIDE. Audience can see nothing inside of lid. The bag and rabbit hangs inside of box and the snap fastener on edge (B) of lid is not visible.

Figure 35.

Bring edge (A) down again and let edge (B) come up to show outside of lid to audience.

Figure 36.

Bring lid into vertical position and remove completely from box with left hand. This automatically brings the rabbit bag out of the box to hang down inside and behind the lid. Edges on lid screen it from audience. Hold lid up by edge (B) with left hand and show box empty with right hand.

Figure 37.

Set box upright again and place lid on it. First put edge (A) down on box. Then as you gradually put edge (B) down, unsnap the fastener and let the rabbit bag sink gently to bottom of box. Let lid come into position over box without hesitating in the movement so that audience does not suspect anything.

Figure 38.

If you have a fan handy, fan the box.

Remove lid and show both sides of it to audience.

Reach inside the box, release the hook and eye, open mouth of bag. Grasp rabbit by the ears and pull him out of the bag and produce him from the box. If rabbit does not slip out easily from bag, use your left hand to help free him. Let the bag remain in the bottom of the box.

Figure 39. NOTE:

As in the two preceding rabbit effects, this, too, may be presented with patter.

A bit of originality which I used to use with juvenile audiences is this: I would have a plate of small bits of cotton prepared. Then I would drop them into the box and apparently transform them into a rabbit.


Get a regular size lady's hat box of good quality, such as come from fine milliners. Instead of producing a rabbit, produce a lady's hat. The hat is concealed behind the lid of the box just as the rabbit bag was, attached to a thread and snap fastener. Be careful that hat is small enough to be concealed easily behind the lid.

I performed this effect myself, many times with THREE hat boxes. I showed each one empty and then went from one to another and took out a hat from each. I used three assistants, each holding a box. You may perform the effect, however, placing the boxes on chairs.


This is an interesting variation of the "Modern" Rabbit Box Production in the first part of this lesson.


Performer shows a rabbit and drops him into a box. The lid is closed, box is removed from table, and given to an assistant to hold. The table on which box was placed is taken apart to show that it contains nothing. Magician then opens the box in which he had dropped the rabbit, and behold! the box is empty --the rabbit has vanished.


3 -- Special box with hinged lid.


The Table Base: Construct as shown in Figure 1 of this lesson. Nail a block of wood to each corner so that table legs can be screwed into them.

The Table Top: Construct as shown in Figures 2 to 7 in-elusive.

The Rabbit Box: Construct this box the same size as the box in Figure 8. This box is different, however. Hinge the bottom only to the back side of the box, leaving the other three sides of the bottom free. Around the bottom edges of the box put a small strip of wood or metal for the bottom to rest on. Put a knob on the front end of the bottom of box. This bottom should swing up and back so that it is straight up against the back side of box. At the point where knob hits back of box, make a hole or indentation for the knob to fit into.

Figure 40.

From the outside there is nothing unusual-looking about the box. The bottom looks ordinary.

Paint and stripe the box and table to make them look artistic and decorative.


To Prepare: Have table base ready with legs on it. Place table top on it.

To Perform: Audience sees table, but believes it to be just an ordinary table.

Bring in box and show it on all sides with lid closed. Have assistant hold rabbit, or have it nearby.

Place box on table top so that bottom of box covers door in table top.

Raise lid of box. Reach into box with left hand and raise bottom up against back of box. Then open door of table top and raise that up against back of box. Hold these doors in place with left hand if necessary. Take rabbit by the ears with right hand. Show him to audience and place him in the box. Let him sink gently into the bag in the special table top. To the audience, of course, it appears that you put the rabbit into the box.

Figure 42.

Allow the door in table top to close, then let bottom of box fall back into place. The rabbit is now safe in the table top. Move the box forward a little so that you can spring the catch on table top door.

Figure 43.

The detail diagram in this illustration shows how the legs are screwed onto the table.

Pick up box from table and show it all around. Give it to assistant to hold or some youngster who is helping you.

Figure 44.

Take the table top off, raising the rear edge first and holding it vertically to conceal rabbit. Place it against a chair in upright position. Pick up table base and show it freely.

All that remains now is to take the box, open the lid, and show that the rabbit has vanished. If you desire, you may push in the bottom to enable audience to look through box.

NOTE: It will require a little experimenting on your part with catches and knobs. You can try different kinds until you find those most satisfactory. A loop of string sometimes answers as a knob, or sometimes just a tack.

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