Jonathan Townsend wrote:Ah that number two question. :) Most folks don't want to spoil surprises for their friends. What seemed to work was having a line in the script/presentation that they could remember and use to request the item. Do you have anything special to say when you put both rabbits in the volunteer's hand? That might be the place for the line with the words they can use to refer to the item. That works especially well if you use those words to refer to it beforehand and again a few tricks later as a callback when they have their hand on a prop. The sound of a pil in a bottle when you shake it? Whoops that must be the wrong bottle?
Happened the same way both times, I produced one rabbit, and someone made a joke about rabbits and baby rabbits. They had not seen the trick, they didn't know what I was doing, they just made a gag based on seeing a rabbit.
It was right at the start, both times. All I did, was call back to it at the end and said something like 'and as predicted by Tom, if you open your hand, you'll see they have made baby rabbits. He was right all along.'
Which wasn't that great.
Maybe something like
"Oh what, and are you gonna get baby rabbits?"
"That would be awesome, wouldn't it, thanks for the idea"
"What do you think this is, a magic show?"
well, I just don't really know...