The Hippity Hop Rabbits
According to the standard description of the effect, “The performer shows two cut-out rabbits, one white and one black. They are covered, moved around and then uncovered, revealing that the rabbits have switched places! This is repeated a number of times, and the audience will believe that both rabbits are white on one side and black on the other. Finally, you turn the rabbits around to show that the backs are red and green.”
I used to do the trick back when I did kid shows.
I first saw it when I was a child of eight watching the great George Goebel perform for my cub scout group.
Collectors Workshop created the most beautiful version I have ever seen.
All wood and finished to perfection.
As far as I know, this version is no longer available.
A friend of mine owned a set, and they are even more beautiful in person.
But you don’t need collectors set to have fun with it.
You can pick up a reasonably priced set on Amazon or from any magic dealer.
And, they come in all shapes and sizes.
You don’t even have to do the trick with rabbits.
I once saw a set featuring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
The Hippity Hop Rabbits aka Hippy Hop Rabbits aka Hip Hop Rabbits might have been invented by The Great Norman aka Norman Hazeldene, maybe. He called his new trick, “The Elusive Rabbits.” It appears to be Abbott’s Magic that first called the trick The Hippity Hop Rabbits the name it is most commonly known by today. By some accounts, The Hippity Hop Rabbits was one of Abbott’s Magic bestselling tricks.
According to Magicpedia, “Norman Hazeldene (1885-1975) was a British semi-professional magician who performed as “The Great Norman.” He was the creator of the “The Elusive Rabbits” trick, which was first marketed by Harry Stanley and then later became known as “Hippity-Hop Rabbits.”
I have always thought the trick was just plain fun.
I just posted a video of my performance of the trick in my vlog section.