This is a good finish for a silk and paper ribbon production from the Master Hat. Silks and coil of ribbon are first concealed in secret compartment of hat. Silks are produced and then the ribbon. The ribbon is unwound by means of the wand and is allowed to pile up on the floor.
Reach down and pick up ribbon, holding it in front of you with left hand. Be sure to conceal right hand.
Reach into rabbit pocket at left side with right hand, bring out rabbit, getting him into the mass of paper ribbon. Pull him up out of the ribbon, allowing ribbon to fall to floor.
RABBIT PRODUCTION FROM GENTLEMAN'S COAT
Audiences never seem to tire of seeing a magician reach up under a man's coat and extract a live, kicking rabbit. And children scream with delight at the effect.
This is a fine experiment, typical of the high-class magician, and it is not difficult to perform if you will study the moves closely and use good judgment in performing the effect. After you have the science of the production well in hand, practice to get grace and art into your movements so that there will be no bungling or hesitation in performance.
A rabbit may be loaded under a spectator's coat whether he is in the audience or on the stage. The same principles which apply to rabbit loading may be adapted to many other articles.
The big idea is to simplify your movements and screen them as well as possible. Much depends on the performer's MISDIRECTION.
The great Kellar used to lead up to his rabbit production from a spectator by first showing a red silk handkerchief and mysteriously vanishing it in his hands. He would then go down into the audience and choose a gentleman sitting in an aisle seat to his left. He would request the gentleman to stand up and then proceeded to reach down gentleman's coat collar, pulling out the red silk along with a chain of other colored silks. Finally, he would reach down again and produce the rabbit. Kellar's idea was to start with a small parcel which could be loaded in easily, and then by misdirecting eyes of audience to the silks he could load in the rabbit.
Thurston uses a clever piece of misdirection. He has a little girl from audience stand up on seat behind spectator and pull gentleman's hair. Attention of audience is then misdirected to little girl and loading can be accomplished easily.
Some performers start by producing a lady's stocking, some baby clothes, or other objects, and then produce rabbit. A performer can walk right up to a spectator and pick a rabbit from his coat, but to lead up to it gradually is safest and permits of extra comedy.
SECRET AND PATTER:
Place a small rabbit in your rabbit pocket on left side.
Roll up a few silks, including a red one on top, into small ball and tuck up under left side of vest—this principle is known as VESTING, taught to you in a former lesson.
After you have performed an experiment in which a little girl from audience assisted you, pick up a silk handkerchief and cause it to vanish. You might pretend to place it in your pocket and have girl see your movements, only to show her that silk is still in your left hand. Then really vanish silk.
Take little girl down into audience and stop near a man sitting on the aisle to your left.
"Pardon me, sir, but I believe you are sitting on the red silk handkerchief." You use this merely as a ruse to get gentleman to stand up.
"I thought sure that you were hiding the handkerchief. Ruth, maybe you can find it."
Have spectator sitting back of man standing get into aisle or move over so that Ruth can stand up in his chair.
"It may be, sir, that the silk walked up under your coat. Ruth, reach down the gentleman's coat collar and see whether you can find the silk."
As she reaches down, grasp gentleman's left coat lapel with your left hand and get him to face you. Come up close to him as though you want to assist girl in finding silk.
Figure 38 is a view from your right side.
Raise your left arm up about shoulder height.
Reach under your vest with right hand and remove bundle of silks. You will find that your coat covers your movements on left side and spectator's coat covers them on right.
Your right hand goes up under spectator's coat to back with bundle of silks. You can make this load with people all around you without fear of detection. Do it rather quickly without any hesitation.
Push up end of red silk with right hand so that Ruth can find it, or else start pulling silk out of coat collar with left hand yourself.
Let Ruth draw red silk out of spectator's coat collar. She will discover more silks and keep on pulling them out.
"Keep pulling, Ruth, keep pulling."
As she pulls silks, step up close to gentleman again as though to help Ruth with silks. Have your body clone to his and a little to the left. Grasp his left coat lapel with your left hand as before.
Grasp rabbit by ears with right hand and get him out of rabbit pocket under cover of your coat and that of spectator. Push rabbit up under gentleman's coat to the back.
As silks are withdrawn, push rabbit up near coat collar to make coat bulge. Figure 46.
"Look, Ruth, you forgot something."
Allow Ruth to reach down and grasp rabbit by the ears to bring him out, or you can take him out with your left hand.
NOTE: In this method of loading, your coat screens your movements on left side from audience and gentleman's coat screens them on right side. Your coat and raised left arm screens movements from spectator you are working with.
You may produce silks and rabbit without aid of little girl by pulling silks out yourself and then loading in the rabbit while pretending to have missed something.
A guinea pig, because of its small size, is good for use in this production.
A CHICKEN PRODUCED FROM GENTLEMAN'S COAT
This is a good production in which stage loading is used with a chicken, a rabbit, a duck, or a small dog.
Place chicken (or whatever animal you use) in bag and hang it on nail on front side of back of chair. Have chair with back toward audience.
Ask gentleman to come up to stage and have him stand with his back to back of chair. With your left hand lift bag from chair.
For MISDIRECTION, have spectator hold some object or give him a few cards to count. You may count cards with him or move him around a little apparently to get him into proper position with the object he holds. Move him forward a little from chair and bring bag in left hand up behind his back.
Have spectator reach into left trouser's pocket to see whether it is empty. As he does so, bring bag down and get thumb under bottom edge of his coat, lifting it up a little.
With your right hand reach under right side of gentleman's coat and grasp bag in right hand, pulling it up on his back under coat.
Turn him by pulling him toward you so that audience can see lump on his back. With right hand reach up under his coat to get hand under bag. With left hand reach down under coat collar.
Open bag and let chicken come out part way. Figure 55.
Keep left hand on chicken and with right hand get rid of bag by putting it into bat wing pocket on your left side. Get gentleman to move down toward audience to cover this move and then take chicken out as he goes down stage.
PRODUCTION OF BOTTLE OF MILK OR LIQUOR FROM GENTLEMAN'S HIP POCKET
A bottle of milk with a nipple or a flat bottle, apparently containing liquor, can be produced from gentleman's coat. It always gets a laugh. A whiskey bottle full of tea has a good effect in prohibition times and a baby bottle full of milk is funny. This production is good for banquet work as well as stage work. It is also suitable for parlor and club work.
I teach you here my method for loading a bottle on a spectator so that I can apparently produce it from his hip pocket.
Carry a flat bottle of milk or tea in your left hip pocket.
Have spectator stand up and get him into position so that no one is behind him. Stand at his right and pull open his coat with your right hand.
Under cover of his coat, remove bottle from your left hip pocket with left hand.
Slip bottle up under spectator's coat at back toward right side.
With right hand reach down behind spectator's right hip pocket and take bottle from left hand. Bring left hand up to his right coat lapel and hold coat open as you bring bottle out.
Bring bottle out and show to spectator and audience. The effect is that you merely reach into gentleman's hip pocket and remove the bottle.
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