Bad Hare Day is a 1996 Goosebumps novella by children's writer R.L. Stine. In this book, the main character, named Tim Swanson, loves magic tricks.
None of Tim Swanson's friends, Foster "Foz" Martin, Sue Brown, Jesse Kent, Mark, and his other friends, seem to take magic as seriously as he does. His sister, Ginny, loves to annoy him and spoil his magic shows. He receives tickets to attend a magic show being put on by his hero, Amaz-O. After the show, however, Amaz-O is rude towards Tim when he tries to introduce himself, so Tim decides to steal Amaz-O's magic kit. When he begins to experiment with the tricks inside the kit, strange things begin to happen, including Ginny being turned into a rabbit. When Tim and Foz take Ginny and the magic bag to Amaz-O, they discover that he is actually a wooden puppet. The real Amaz-O is really the rabbit that was part of Amaz-O's magic shows; he had been turned into a rabbit by a jealous sorcerer named Frank and built the puppet to continue his magic acts. He tells Tim that Ginny will turn back into a girl in half an hour. Later, Amaz-O wants Tim to be part of his magic show. Tim agrees, but to his own peril - he becomes the new rabbit, not the new replacement for the puppet.
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In the TV adaptation of this episode:
- The rabbit used in Amaz-O's act is an insane (and dangerous) sorcerer with a bad Spanish accent (El Sidney) who tricks Tim into turning him human so he can get his revenge on Amaz-O for turning him into a rabbit and stealing his magic. There is no mention of Amaz-o being a puppet.
- The scene where Tim attempts a rabbit magic trick with Foz's sister Clare's rabbit escaping is not shown or mentioned.
- Frank's name is El Sidney.
- When Tim opens Amaz-O's magic case, instead of an explosion sound effect, it makes a stereotypical cartoon sound effect (which still manages to startle Tim and Ginny nonetheless).
- Amaz-O's jacket contains a single phony rubber snake that isn't mechanical, which Tim knows from the start, unlike the many mechanical snakes that appear in the book version.
- There is no mention of the ball-under-the-cup trick that produces a multitude of red balls.
- Ginny does not eat a magic carrot and become a rabbit, but disappears from behind a magic curtain (and is actually shown turning back to normal).
- Amaz-O and Tim are both turned into rabbits in the end and used in El Sidney's magic act, which involves the two of them being put in a guillotine (it's not known whether or not they escape).