Run Bonzo Run by Jack Hughes
In 1939 the Englishman Harry Leat invented what became one of the best and most enduring children’s effect of all time: Run Rabbit Run. Like the Die Box, with which it bears some obvious similarities, it has inspired craftsmen and dealers ever since.
In the basic effect a cut-out Rabbit is taken from the magician’s hat and placed at one end, and performer says he will make it pass to the other end. Whilst he is talking the Rabbit is seen to creep across to the other end! Magician tells children if they see him go they are to call out and let him know. When they start to shout the Rabbit dashes back, and the children fairly hoot with laughter as they see him stealing from side to side of the frame! The door Is opened to show the rabbit really is still there, the magician tries again, but this time before he can get really started, a little rabbit’s head pops round from the far end of the frame. When the magician looks, the rabbit immediately vanishes. It’s a scream, and has the kids doubled up with laughter.
Now begins the game of hunt the bunny, and magician can make the tips of the ears shoot from one end to the other. The doors are constantly opened at each end alternatively, but the Rabbit is never located. Finally, all four doors are opened and they can clearly see right through the frame. The Rabbit has completely vanished! It Is finally located back in the magician’s hat or pinned to his back or a child’s!
Before Chance Wolf there was Jack Hughes, the legendary British Inventor, Craftsman, and Dealer who invented many staples in magic that we take for granted today (including: TV Card Frame (1936), Coins in Glass (before Copenetro) (1939), Attaboy (early 1930s), Clatter Box (1963) and many more. As much as I love Chance’s Run Wolf Run, you’ve still got to marvel at this vintage beauty from Jack Hughes in England. Bonzo is so cute! The whole outfit looks amazing and the mechanism works very smoothly. The only sad thing about this version of Run Rabbit Run is that there is no option to have Bonzo look around from the side. Not sure why they left that out, but it does really add to routine.
Approx. Price: $350.00 (01/2009) ***Notice: I am not a dealer and this item is not for sale on this site. It maybe available in the links below or at our sister site: qualitymagicsales.com, but not from here so please do not ask.
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