What have you got under your hat ? Harry Anderson and some others in the magic fraternity have never abandoned the hat as a prop and fashion accessory, but the general consensus during my lifetime has been that "hat tricks" are passe relics from the past .
Maybe time to start searching through Tarbell, Greater Magic, and some of the other classics because I'm starting to see some evidence of "The Return of the Hat" . A recent issue of "Classic Style"
magazine has an article on the cover about The Return of The Hat " A dress hat is a civilized way to express individuality. Goodbye, baseball cap. Plus: inside the industry, celebrity hat gallery, care tips, glossary and etiquette. "
The magazine notes the increasing visibility and popularity of classic hats such as the fedora and the derby (aka bowler) amongst musicians , actors , and other Hollywood celebs. The magazine speculates that this influence is being manifested among the young, hip crowd as hats are once again becoming a fashion statement. If you got a gig for a party thrown by Johnny Depp could you pull a rabbit from his $500 Fedora or maybe produce a block of ice a la Malini ? I happen to love hat tricks. Have any favorites ?
(and don't forget that Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones to the big screen next year. The last big spike in fedora sales came during the first cycle of Indiana Jones films in the 80's .
Now , if only we could get some big star in a major movie to start a trend for wearing top hats... )