Pulling a rabbit out of a hat?

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Postby Mikael Hedne » 02/15/13 08:23 AM

Hi!
I'm trying to help a friend of mine with some facts about rabbits and magic. Do any of you know where to look? We're trying to find the answer to questions like when magicians started pulling rabbits out of hats, and perhaps who the first one to do it was.
Anyone? Thanks!
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 02/15/13 10:44 AM

The Humorous Magician Unmasked (1836?)is the first appearance of it in print in the USA.
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Postby Oddly Bent » 02/15/13 04:51 PM

From Wikipedia article on Top Hats

"Top hats are associated with stage magic, in particular the hat trick. In 1814, the French magician Comte became the first conjurer on record to pull a white rabbit out of a top hat[17] though this is also attributed to the much later John Henry Anderson."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_hat
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Postby Dale Shrimpton » 02/16/13 08:04 PM

Nobody seems to of mentioned Mary Tofts, from Godalming, Surrey, U.K, who in 1726 gained fame, by claiming she had given birth to a litter of Rabbits.
It was about this time, that the magical production of a Rabbit is first recorded, but the exact details of the performer are unknown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Toft
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Postby Mikael Hedne » 02/20/13 06:01 PM

Wow!! Thanks so much, guys! =) This was all really helpful.
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