The story of a magic hat

⁞Who hasn't seen at least one magic show with a top hat trick? This hat has become the mainstay of conjuring tricks to entertain children and adults that make rabbits and various other objects disappear and reappear, as well as establishing itself as a key accessory for the model magician.

The reason is not easy to trace in history, but it is comprehensible that the shape and height of this hat is the most suitable to contain and hide the "tools" of the trade.

The origin of the top hat appears to date back to the early 1800s in France: it seems to have been a magician of the time, one Louis Comte, who first put a rabbit into a top hat during a performance at court in 1814 . Nicknamed the "Wizard of the Three Kings" after having enthralled Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe with his tricks, this French magician became so famous that he was even admired by Robert Houdin (the forerunner and inspiration of the famous Houdini). Evidently, also the top hat trick was a huge success, if we think that it has been entertaining audiences for two centuries and has become a must for anyone who wants to take their first steps into the world of magic!

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