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LflSH^ HIS is another children's effect I did years ago. Like the last, it is far from an mWMcA innovative breakthrough, but it adds a touch of novelty to a standard of magic, ■ Or which did and still can surprise and entertain kids and a few of their parents as well. It is a dressing for The Rising Card, which I designed to make the effect more appealing to children. After a card is chosen and returned to the deck, the cards are dropped into a wooden houlette decorated to look like a top hat. A cartoon rabbit figure sits behind the hat, and when you coax him, he raises his arms, pulling the chosen card up out of the deck (Figures 1 and 2).

band, finger, etc.), and as it rises it carries the rabbits arms up with it, giving the illusion that he is doing the work. I built my unit from cardboard and papier-mache, but if I were doing it today I would use plastics or metal. The arms are made from a single piece that travels across the back of the rabbit figure and bends around each side to form the fore-paws. Two straight pins are attached to this piece in back, one on each side (Figure 3). These

pins slide into tubes mounted to the back of the hat houlette (Figure 4). Thus the arms can rise effortlessly when a card engages them.

The card-rise method I used involved a wand that you attached horizontally behind the houlette. The wand was slipped into a simple hook arrangement fixed to the back "brim" of the "top hat" (Figure 5). On the center of the wand was a rubber wheel about an inch and a quarter in diameter. This wheel contacted the

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