It’s over 35 years ago that Phil & I opened Perfect Magic. Like everything else there are fads in magic. One day a certain trick is all the rage and then another takes it place, and then another. Sometimes they don’t die or lose popularity. We used to buy Card-Toon by the gross. It’s still a wonderful trick and we still sell them on a regular basis. The appeal of the effect cannot be denied. It is charming and so clever.
The Svengali is still our biggest seller. To a novice its a miracle. The same could be said for most of the trick decks. I got Richard Sanders hooked on magic when he was 11 years old with the Mental Photo Deck. These are classics. I’m still doing those same tricks and when they ask if they could possibly do them I tell them if an old lady like me can do it, surely you can do it, too. They figure that’s true.
One kids’ effect was popular back when we started. Remember Run Rabbit Run? This effect actually gets the kids screaming on the top of their lungs.
The prop is about 22 inches long and 9 ” high. There are four doors that open, 2 in front and 2 in back and they are all opened so you can see right through them. The magician closes the doors and drops a rabbit behind one of the doors into the rabbit hutch. He tells the kids the rabbit is supposed to stay in the hutch but if he manages to sneak out they should let him know. When the rabbit sneaks out the kids go wild. He runs from one hutch to the other but the magician never manages to see him and the kids are screaming. Then he runs back and the kids scream again. Whenever he opens the door the rabbit is still there. Then he peeks out the side. The kids scream and yell. In the end all four doors are opened and the rabbit is gone, to wherever the magician wants him to be.
Why I am telling you about this all of a sudden? One of our customers ordered it the other day and I didn’t know if it was still around. Another dealer had put out a version of it with a Cookie Monster and that was very popular until he got a letter telling him he didn’t have the rights. That was years ago. After that I hadn’t heard about it until now. I ordered it and it was exactly like the original and I remembered what a great trick it was and how the kids loved it. If you do kid shows, this is a winner, easy to handle and lends itself to whatever story you want.