Easter Bunny Surprise Illusion
by Jim Gerrish
Heres an easily built illusion that
requires one assistant to perform, but has the advantage of being
able to perform almost anywhere, even at a birthday party
setting. It can be made out of hardboard and duct tape
(surprise!) or from thin plywood, etc.
magician produces some Easter Eggs magically, and while doing so,
a large costumed bunny rabbit comes out and stands behind him
watching. The person in the bunny costume is holding a basket,
and with pantomime indicates he wants the magician to give him
the Easter eggs for his basket, which the magician does. The
bunny takes a count of the house and indicates that the magician
should make some more Easter eggs appear. The magician struggles
to do so, but the bunny is not satisfied and the magician tries
to get away. The bunny ties up the magician with a rope to keep
him from getting away, and then the bunny builds a Hen
House from panels of hardboard, which he forms around the
magician. Now when the bunny wants an Easter egg, it bangs on the
roof of the Hen House and an Easter egg comes tumbling out of a
door in the front, down a chute and into the Bunnys Easter
The bunny begins to pound the roof harder and harder and the eggs
roll out faster and faster, then all of a sudden stop. The bunny
looks puzzled and begins taking the hen house apart, discovering
that the magician has vanished. The bunny removes his head mask
and it is the magician!
While the theme given is an Easter Bunny Theme,
it is very easy to change to a Halloween, Christmas, or a variety
of other themes by changing the costumes and the style of the
"house." In addition to making the "Hen
House," you will need a simple backdrop and two identical
costumes to perform the quick change. Sources are included for purchasing costumes
on-line, or you can make your own.
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