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Hat History: Rabbit out of a Hat

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Pulling a rabbit out of a top hat is a cliché of magic. But do you know where the trick actually began?

The trick is said to have been originated by magician Louis Comte who was known as "The King's Conjurer." He performed for King Louis the XVIII of France in the 1800's, as well as two other kings of that era. He was known to pull multiple objects out of his top hat, including a white rabbit in 1814.

The trick is also attributed to John Henry Anderson aka "The Great Wizard of the North,"but he wouldn't have performed the trick until at least the 1830's,15 years after Comte. But Anderson was the first magician to actually put the trick on stage in front of a full audience as well as popularize the trick for other magicians. Anderson is one of the main magicians attributed to really popularizing magic as a theatrical experience instead of a street performance by using advertisements and performing in high class theatre spaces.

Never seen the trick for yourself? We included a video of Penn and Teller doing the trick live in their Las Vegas show below!

Hat History: Beret

The beret is one of the oldest hats that is still considered fashionable in the modern era, dating back to the bronze age in Northern Europe and Greece. This style was a symbol of both nobility and artistry during the time. This may be where the stereotype of the beret wearing intellectual and artist stemmed [...]

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Hat History: Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th always gets people in the superstitious mood. So we found one of our favorites to share with you to help keep that bad luck at bay! Placing a hat on a bed is a (somewhat) well known superstition, said to bring bad luck and evil spirits into the home. The very beginning [...]

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Runway to Wardrobe: Western

The new Spring styles are hitting the runway so why not start with a style that can be worn in any weather? Western inspired! We started this look with some super comfortable boot cut jeans, which you can wear with some traditional cowboy boots, but we opted for some western inspired ankle boots instead. We added a [...]

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Runway to Wardrobe: Tartan

Tartan patterns always make me think of rainy, blustery days so we started with a loose patterned poncho to get started! We kept it warm and cozy with grey cotton leggings and a cotton bright red tee. A wide brimmed Raddler fedora will help keep the wind and drizzle away while still looking fabulous. We [...]

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Hat History: Cloche

The cloche hat was created by a French milliner and named after the French name for “bell” due to its round top and flared out brim. The truly interesting thing about it is how it shaped the entire fashion world of the 1920’s. Fashion designers of the age hired in their own milliners to create cloche’s that would perfectly [...]

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Hat History: Porkpie Hat

Porkpie, Hooligan, Cloche, Fedora. Hats are known by many different names and many different shapes, but how did these hats get their strange and iconic names? Well you’re about to find out. PorkpieThis hat, known for its round shape on top and popped brim got its tasty name because of its pinched brim which has an uncanny resemblance to [...]

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Dapper Fashion: 1950's

With Dapper Day right around the corner we're finishing off our Dapper Fashion series with the most colorful decade of them all, the 1950's! The war time was over and rations on fabric were lifted, creating a time of excess in the fashion of the 1950's. Eccentric fabrics and designs, full skirts and intricate pleating became [...]

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Dapper Fashion: 1940's

The 1940's were a time of great music, new styles and war. WWII pulled the United States out of the Great Depression. But because of the war many materials were rationed which had a big impact on the fashion world.  Women's Fashion Most women during this era wore skirts that fell to the knee and simple blouses. [...]

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Dapper Fashion: 1920's

Dapper Day is fast approaching at the Disneyland Parks, where we call all dress from the early eras to appreciate their style and class, plus Halloween is right around the corner! Our styles are available in stores or online HERE but first, here's our guide to dressing to the nine's, starting with the Jazz Age: the 1920's! Women's [...]

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