The usual Hippity Hoppity Routine, in use ever since The
Great Norman invented the trick in the early 1900's:
The plaques with whatever you are having go Hippity Hop (the
ones I describe in my article use a roadrunner and a coyote) are
covered with the tubes. Remove the tubes and show the coyote and
the bird, asking the kids if they recognize them, what are their
names, and so on. Remind the kids how fast these two characters
are in the cartoons and ask if they would like to see how fast
they can change places. Cover the plaques, and remove the covers
again and ask if they saw how fast the coyote went over to the
birds tube, and the bird to the coyotes, and then
both got back to their own tubes just in time.
Suggest that the kids might want them to repeat that
experiment and stop you when the characters are in the opposite
tube. Ask the kids if you remembered to show both sides of the
tubes, obviously turning both tubes around. Now when you lift the
tubes, they will see that the characters have changed places.
Cover them up and rotate each tube again, and now they are back
to where they started.
Now the kids will be screaming for you to turn the two
plaques around. Try to avoid turning them around as long as
possible by turning them end over end, turning around yourself,
and so on. Finally, when you turn the two plaques around, they
see that the coyote has been in some sort of explosion and bird
is running away at top speed (or whaever ending you devise for
your own characters).
To spice this up, you might want to make an
explosion happen just before turning the coyote
plaque around (fingertip flash pot) and of course you will want
to find a small bicycle horn to make the beep beep
sound of the bird as he runs away.
I am purposely NOT giving you my own full routine because I
want you to come up with your own characters and routines now
that you know how to build the props. However, you can see that
you can go far beyond the usual routines with the black and white
bunnies as the trick is usually sold in magic stores, and you
will see me use these same characters in several other tricks
within this series, so you can imagine ways that you can do the
same with whatever characters suit your style.
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