I've been seeing the trailer for the forthcoming movie "Kangaroo Jack" for the past few weeks. Does anyone know if either of the writers (Scott Rosenberg and Steve Bing) have a connection to magic? The plotline of the characters taking photos of a kangaroo which they've dressed up in a jacket, and then the kangaroo hopping off with the valuable contents of the jacket, seems mighty reminiscent to me of a similar Dai Vernon story.
(I guess I should recount the Dai Vernon story for those that haven't heard it, as best as I can recall it now. Perhaps I read it in Volume IV of The Vernon Chronicles? Dai was driving through the outback while visiting Australia when he struck a kangaroo with the car, killing it. In a gesture quite revealing as to his sense of humor, he placed his vest and coat on the poor creature, propped it up against his car, and began taking photos. I've no idea what story he planned to tell those he showed the photos to. Well, it seems the kangaroo was not dead, but had merely been knocked unconscious. It came to and hopped off into the outback, taking not only Dai's coat and vest, but the wallet and passport in them as well. The difficulties Dai experienced in explaining the loss of his passport were probably minor compared to what the poor kangaroo experienced among his own kind, what with his unusual new wardrobe.)