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Brandy: Mr. Whiskers, that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! How did you do it?
Mr. Whiskers: Eh, I honestly do not know, I'm a rabbit. Magic just comes naturally.
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, "The Magic Hour"
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The Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat trick is a popular magic trick where a magician takes off their hat, usually a top hat, and pulls out a live rabbit from inside it, almost as if they conjured it from thin air.

With the popularity of Beast Man and World of Funny Animals stories in pop culture, cuddly little bunny-rabbits will most definitely be used. For the sake of irony, the old Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat would be inverted in this case and instead of rabbits being used as props (unless a lovely assistant is needed), they themselves play the magicians. Now that is not to say that the rabbit has to be anthropomorphic to the point of opposable thumbs. After all they are magic, so thumbs are optional.

To fit this trope, they will usually be dressed in a uniform that reflects this, kind of like typical Stage Magician apparel - a black and white penguin tux with a top hat and a flower corsage and a black wand with white at the tip. Many of their magic tricks coming across as the various misdirections associated with the act (card tricks, coin tricks, sawing women in half, etc). Depending on how the setting works, they will either be very good at the typical smoke-and-mirrors misdirection that Stage Magicians are known for, they may know actual magic and use magician tricks as a means of focusing it or (if actual wizardry is commonplace) they convince people that their phony tricks are real.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Goku fights one of these guys early on in the original Dragon Ball. He's called Monster Carrot, and his primary magical power is to turn people he touches into carrots. He turns Bulma into a carrot and threatens to eat her until Yamcha, with the help of Puar, snatches her out of his grip, giving Goku the opening to kick his ass and force him to change her back before sending him to the moon.

    Films — Animated 
  • In the third Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film, Wandi is a Moon Rabbit who is practicing his magic skills. Among a few other magic powers, he can change his own appearance and use his hat to teleport himself and others to another location.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Vanity Plate for Hat Trick Productions shows a rabbit producing a man from a top hat.
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    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • Bianca the Rabbit from Spyro: Year of the Dragon was apprentice to the Sorceress before defecting out of a mix of Pet the Dog moments with Hunter and discovering that the Sorceress was planning on killing the baby dragons for their wings, becoming the Token Wizard among the heroes.
  • One of the members of King Dice's Court that can be fought with in the Cuphead level "All Bets Are Off" is Hopus Pocus, a Killer Rabbit that attacks with cards and their symbols.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance features a Dream Eater known as the "Majik Lapin", a bunny in a Robe and Wizard Hat that casts magic spells with its ears.
  • ClayFighter 63⅓: In addition to the great physical strength from talking to his muscles and the cybernetic enhancements given to him, T-Hoppy is also an accomplished stage magician. This is seen in a couple of his Claytalities in which converts his opponent into a carrot (and then eat it) and in a clone of himself (with a heated chat that ended with the real T-Hoppy filling the clone with bullets).
  • Moji from Paladins is an anthropomorphic rabbit who wears a Robe and Wizard Hat. Downplayed as her mount does most of the fighting, and the only spells she uses are her magic barrier and ultimate ability.
  • The Night of the Rabbit: Marquis de Hoto, the titular rabbit, is one of a group of people called "Treewalkers," magicians who can jump between worlds. He takes on the human protagonist Jerry as an apprentice, to help Jerry fulfill his dream of becoming a magician himself.
  • General Rabbit in Puppeteer is exactly this.

    Web Comics 
  • Cucumber Quest primarily features a species of bunny people in a fantasy setting, and some of them have magical abilities. Most notable is Peridot, who has the outfit and spellcasting abilities of a Witch Classic.
  • A bit character in Poppy O'Possum is a rabbit magician who dresses like a stage magician, with two scantily clad assistants, though he does have actual magic.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Brandy & Mr. Whiskers episode "The Magic Hour", it is revealed that not only was Mr. Whiskers a Magician's rabbit, but that he was also a very accomplished magician before a mishap left his assistant's legs magically separated. When Brandy asks how he was able to accomplish his tricks (which border on legitimate sorcery), he just says that it came naturally to him since he is a bunny.
  • In the short, "Sleight of Hare" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "You Asked For It", Buster gets a job as a rabbit for a magician who performs at Montana Max's birthday party. When Monty causes the magician to quit, Buster takes over for the magician and performs a magic act on Monty as revenge.
  • Looney Tunes
    • "Prest-O Change-O" features one of the earliest appearances of Happy Hare, the character that would eventually become Bugs Bunny. Here, he's a magician's rabbit who demonstrates Reality Warper powers as he bedevils two dogs who wander into the magician's home.
    • Bugs himself often does magic tricks, sometimes mentioning that he used to work for a magician. On at least two occasions ("Hot Crossed Bunny" and "The Case of the Missing Rabbit") he pulls himself out of a hat.
  • The titular character of Rekkit Rabbit is a giant anthropomorphic rabbit with magic powers from a parallel world who ran away from his abusive owner, a magician named Yoshini.
  • One episode of Teen Titans had Raven, the group's magic user, turned into a rabbit by Mumbo Jumbo, a magician villain. This made her powers nearly unusable, but she manages to save the day by using mundane illusion.
  • Mertin the Magnificent in Krypto the Superdog is a magic-using Rascally Rabbit who wears a standard magician's outfit.
  • In Sadie Sparks, Sadie's magical tutor is Gilbert: an ancient 700-year-old grumpy rabbit.

 
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