This is done by screwing the severed head back on the chicken at a 90 degree angle so they won’t see the fake head so you can present the chicken alive and kicking to everyone’s delight.
But how do you hide the real chicken head? You do this by tucking the head under one of the wings of the chicken. As for the fake head, this is hidden up your sleeve and brought out when you appear to be pulling off the chicken’s head then returned when you present the live chicken back to the audience.
If you don’t want to harm an animal or make people think that you did, you can make it disappear by putting the creature in a box that has a secret compartment so they can be hidden and brought out when it is time for them to appear again. The best animals for this trick are white doves or rabbits because they don’t cry, bite or scream that could spoil the trick.
For those who will use doves, be sure to trim the wings every two months so they don’t fly away. It is a painless procedure so they won’t feel a thing.
Bringing an animal back to life and making it appear and disappear are just a few magic tricks you can perform on stage. If you are concerned with animal rights group which say this is inhumane, you can give this up and use other props instead or learn to perform other tricks.