Rabbit Pockets

Servais LeRoy is another famous magician who can produce a "bushel-basket full of rabbits" right out in the open stage, and maybe a few doves for good luck.

Leon, who built such a reputation for the remarkable quantity of material he could produce from body loads, prefers to hang his loads on his vest rather than the coat so that his coat will hang better. He paid me a special visit once to ask me to tell my students to be sure to hang production loads on the body instead of the coat. Leon is one of the cleverest illusionists in vaudeville. He can produce anything from six glasses of water on a tray to a Christmas tree from under his coat with the aid of a cloth. A mere rabbit means nothing to Leon. He would feel more at home producing half a dozen rabbits.

The great Kellar used to say fondly of LeRoy, "He can pack a live woman into a two-inch space. I never expect to see a woman produced from a hat, but if I ever hear of its being done, I will know it was LeRoy who did it."

David Devant is another great magician whose name will go down in magical history for the beautiful manner in which he would pick up a lady's furpiece and suddenly extract a live, kicking bunny from it. The production of a rabbit was an art with Devant.

1 -- Rabbit Coat Pocket:

This is merely a large inside coat pocket. Have a good tailor make it for you. Opening is at outer edge of pocket and should be slanted downward slightly so that rabbit can be got hold of easily. Place your rabbit or a bundle of cloth in the pocket so that tailor can fix coat to hang straight even with load in pocket, Figure 15.

This type of pocket is the one which I prefer. It hangs suspended between coat and vest and is fastened on by snap fasteners. It can be removed and put in place at will.

Figure 16 shows construction of pocket, which you can make very easily out of black cloth. Fold cloth over and sew bottom edge together. Then sew piece of cloth across open side about one-third way up from bottom. Sew snap fasteners around top and down sides of pocket -- also sew three fasteners inside of coat and outside of vest in proper position so that pocket can be attached to them. The rabbit fits nicely in this pocket and can be taken out easily, Figure 17.

Figure 16 shows construction of pocket, which you can make very easily out of black cloth. Fold cloth over and sew bottom edge together. Then sew piece of cloth across open side about one-third way up from bottom. Sew snap fasteners around top and down sides of pocket -- also sew three fasteners inside of coat and outside of vest in proper position so that pocket can be attached to them. The rabbit fits nicely in this pocket and can be taken out easily, Figure 17.

For certain styles of working I use a bat wing pocket which opens all the way down the front and is held together by a snap fastener or two which can be jerked open quickly. The bat wing type of pocket is an excellent means for vanishing various articles as anything which is thrown between coat and vest is caught in the pocket.

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