To Perform

After you have produced rabbit, ask children in audience who would like to have rabbit. Immediately hands go up and there are many "I's". Select a small girl and have her come up to stage. Ask her name—assume that it is Mary.

"So, Mary, you think you would like to have a rabbit. Of course, this is a magic rabbit, and you must be very careful with a magic rabbit. What would you feed him?"

Here is an opportunity for a bit of talk on feeding problems.

"He likes carrots and greens and whole wheat bread. You like those things yourself, don't you, Mary? They keep rabbits and boys and girls healthy. What will you name the rabbit? I call him Whiskers. Shall I tell you how he got his name? Well, one day I set a pail of water at the foot of the basement stairs. The rabbit came scurrying down the stairs and he didn't see the water, so he tumbled in and got all wet. Now rabbits are something like small boys—they hate water. So I pulled him out of the water all dripping wet. And from that day to this I have called him Whiskers."

There is no sense to this explanation of the name, but that's what makes it funny. Give rabbit to girl.

"Now take good care of him and give him a good pillow to sleep on."

Guide her down to edge of stage.

"Oh, just a minute. I almost forgot. You didn't come prepared to take the rabbit home, so we had better wrap him up to keep his feet warm."

Bring her back to right side of table. Pick up piece of paper and unfold it. Audience must see that there is nothing on table and nothing in paper.

"Now, Mary, come right up close to the table and help me wrap him up for you."

Hold top edge of paper in left hand and take rabbit in right.

"Come right up here in front."

Bring paper up in front of table and place rabbit behind. Have girl in front and to side a little but be sure she cannot see change behind paper. Place rabbit on cloth part of table top. His weight will raise flap. Grasp edge of it and bring it down over rabbit. This pushes him into compartment B and brings box of candy to top of table. Close catch down over flap, Figure 70.

Bring box of candy up to center of paper and wrap paper around it. You must work quickly here to give

impression that you really wrapped up rabbit. Hesitation in making the change will cause suspicion on part of audience.

Bring parcel away from table. Paper is wrapped loosely so edges of box cannot be seen and ends are twisted. Move your hands about to give impression that rabbit is squirming inside, Figure 71.

Place parcel in girl's arms. Push down on right end of paper and cause parcel to jump up, then push on left end and right again. Apparently, rabbit is trying to get out, Figure 72.

Suddenly allow parcel to remain quiet.

"Did you notice anything, Mary? He is quiet all of a sudden."

Place ear against parcel.

"I think his heart has stopped beating or he has stopped breathing. Let us see." Unwrap paper, exposing box of candy.

"Why the rabbit's gone! He has changed into a box of candy --a box of (name brand)--chocolates. You never can tell about a magic rabbit named Whiskers. He is here one minute and gone the next."

Hand box of chocolates to girl, Figure 73.

"Take these nice chocolates home with you, Mary, and you can tell your friends that the magic rabbit left them for you."

NOTE: If convenient, you may produce another rabbit for girl by reaching down some spectator's coat collar and extracting it from there. Usually, however, the magician must keep his rabbit for the next show as they are not always plentiful.

The B. W. Table may be used for many changes, such as changing a white rabbit to a black one, a rabbit to a bouquet, etc.

"Take these nice chocolates home with you, Mary, and you can tell your friends that the magic rabbit left them for you."

Another style base which may be used with the B. W. Table is one of nickel, which folds up. This is the same base which we supply with our Brown Beauty Table (this will be described later.) It is light and rigid and folds up small. We can supply you with this base, Figure 74.

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