I am just finishing up this year's mathemagic show for K-3 students and wanted to share a gag that really has been getting a great response. I always try to create a visual effect when the kids learn the magic word. Last year my flower pot exploded, this year when the kids say the magic word with the right level of enthusiasm a pocket handkerchief shoots out my pocket in a burst of confetti (I bring a little vacuum with me). By adding a magnet to the corner of the silk and the end of a Waltzing Matilda gag, I can pick up the hank, attach it to the gimmick and then goof around asking the kids to PLEASE stop thinking the magic word and then the hank dances around until it flies out of my hands and I chase it (here comes the gag...sorry for the long intro).
When I catch the silk it is still struggling in my hand (even though the gimmick is now disconnected). And I look around frantically for a place to put the silk. I grab my top hat with the left hand and take the hank in the right hand shoving it in to the hat and then flip the hat over on my table capturing the silk. The gag is that when I take the hat off, a stuffed bunny (with an elastic band) is sitting on my head. The kids go nuts and try to tell me about the rabbit. As soon as I realize what they are saying I look under the hat thinking the rabbit was still there, then look around for a moment for the bunny. Suddenly I get it and my eyes swivel up and I mouth he is up there isnt he? I make an embarrassed face. After removing the stuffed bunny I go on later in the act to transform him into a living bunny, but I am sure there are any number of things that could be done to finish this off.
This has been a great hit, and I had not seen it before so I thought I would share it.