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Happy Hyena by Chance Wolf, Arthur Atsma

(c. 2006) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: Happy Hyena is Chance Wolf’s take on the classic Forgetful Freddie created by Milbourne Christopher c. 1951. The prop now has motivation and a fantastic routine written by Arthur Atsma (with input from Greg Carter & Chance Wolf).

Basic Routine: The routine is based on a competition between 3 kids to tell their best joke! All three kids are brought onstage and a series of great bits take place as the kids tell their jokes the Happy Hyena ACTUALLY LAUGHS as his HEAD SHAKES BACK and FORTH! The laughter continues leading up to the Happy Hyena HEAD SPINS DOWN AND SWINGS ABOUT laughing his head off!

The magician explains that the Hyena’s who have spots actually communicate through laughter and this particular guy has too many spots as he can’t seem to stop laughing. A Cloth Bag (Not Included) is brought out along with a Bottle of “SPOT REMOVER”. The Hyena’s Head is placed in the bag and the “Spot Remover” is squirted into the bag, the bag is rubbed a bit, more spot remover, more rubbing then…OOPS!! The bag is opened and the HEAD HAS VANISHED!! Sorry kids, we seemed to have used too much Spot Remover!!

The kids are now asked to use TEAMWORK to magically return the Hyena’s Head! Working together, the kids blow up a balloon, draw a face on it and place it on the Hyena’s body. All together, the kids scream the magic words and…POP!…the BALLOON EXPLODES as the HYENA’S HEAD MAGICALLY REAPPEARS!!


  • Shaking Head: An We have created a new effect in which the head shakes back and forth as the Hyena laughs his spots off. The head is mounted with Rare Earth Magnets at a lower pivot point. To create this effect, you simply hold the prop by the base and give it a little jiggle which in turn shakes the Hyena’s head back and forth.
  • Laugh Box: An electronic Laugh Box has been installed to the back giving the Hyena the ability to actually LAUGH! (C Battery NOT included)
  • Rare Earth Magnetic Base Assembly: We have embedded Rare Earth Magnets into the Base and Hyena Body which gives a maintenance free easy to assemble prop.
  • Heavy Duty Spring Hinge: We have added a powerful, heavy duty Spring Hinge to allow many years of continuous use.
  • Hand Silk Screened Colors: Each unit has been Silk Screened by Chance Wolf using the Highest Quality, Hand Mixed Colors of Hi-Gloss Enamel. Screen Printed onto the Enamel baked Aluminum Finish giving you the cleanest most VIVID Colors you have ever seen on a magic Prop!
  • Alumi-Core Structure: CNC Machined from and Aluminum Surface/Nylon Core material topped with an Enamel Baked Finish. Assuring a long lasting, corrosion free prop.


  • Happy Hyena,
  • Base,
  • Laugh Box,
  • 12 Balloons,
  • “NO-SPOT” Spray Bottle
  • Complete Operating and Routine Instructions included.

Size: 21″ Tall x 12.5″ Wide x 1″ Thick ( Excluding the Laugh Box )

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Approx. Price: $225.00 (2009) ***

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1 review for Happy Hyena by Chance Wolf, Arthur Atsma

  1. Andy Martin

    Finally a Freddie that is really Entertaining!

    There have been many, many versions of the Milbourne Christopher classic: Forgetful Freddie. Unfortunately, although the props have changed the basic routine has not. Sadly, the typical routine is nowhere near as good as the number of versions suggests. For me the reason for the losing of the head has always been a bit weak and the reproduction never quite lived up to the applause queue I had hoped.

    Well that is until Chance Wolf came along with the help of Arthur Atsma and gave us the beautiful and very entertaining Happy Hyena! Now you have an amazing prop with an equally entertaining routine to do the basic premise justice. The whole routine is now played as a game show with three contestants trying to make the audience laugh and the Happy Hyena is the judge. At one point he laughs so loud his head falls off! There is a laughing sound box, a neat Jiggling Head effect and lots of fun along the way. It just makes so much more sense and is so much more entertaining than any other version I have seen.

    We all know that Chance makes the most colorful, dependable, and unique Children’s magic available today and this amazing Hyena proves the point. If you missed this the first time around, because you thought it was just another Freddie, think again, this is one of the most entertaining Children’s routines I have seen for a while!

    Highly Recommend for Children’s Entertainers and Collector’s of fine Magic everywhere!

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