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Topic: What Not To "Carry-On" a plane!
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Jan 22, 2009 01:26PM)
Seeing as I was visiting friends in Arizona, I had Bob Kohler ship my Mind Reading Goose to my buddy's address in AZ, so that I could carry it back with me on my flight to Vancouver. My plan was to bring the goose as my carry-on, and when I discovered that it was packed in a see-through very large bag with handles, I thought, 'perfect!'

However, it was on my way to my US Airways flight at Phoenix airport that the thought finally crossed my mind.....US Airways, Canada Geese....and I'm about to carry on a large Goose on a flight to Canada, might be a hard one to explain ("No, My Security Officer, I am not trying to be some kind of 'smart-ass'...it's a Mind-Reading Goose!....."

Thought the better of it, and packed it in a box and sent it with the checked luggage.

So, I'm on the flight, laughing to myself at my own very close call with "duh!," when a HUGE cockroach rambles by my feet over to the other side of the aircraft.
So, I walk to the galley at the rear of the aircraft and calmly informed the flight attendants "Uh, there's not likely much you can do right now, but you should know that...." The two flight attendants were pretty freaked, and proceeded to tell me about the many 'critters' that have been lose on their flights...including a mouse that apparently lived on a 747 for months before they caught it!

So that's my brush with 'near-dumbness' for the year, at least so far!

Anyone else come across 'livestock' on a plane?
Message: Posted by: Logan (Jan 22, 2009 06:35PM)
Hahaha, nice post!

I once brought my box o' magic as carry on. Needless to say, after going through the X-ray machine, I was requested to open it.

Should have seen their faces when they saw the TT!!

Performing a magic trick for them however, seemed to defuse the situation :)
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Jan 22, 2009 07:05PM)
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On 2009-01-22 19:35, Logan wrote:

<<seemed to defuse the situation>>

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Pun intended?
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 22, 2009 08:50PM)
Years ago I opened my show with a top hat, there was an explosion; fire and a cloud of black smoke burst from the topper… I pulled out a skeletal, smoldering, blown apart, bunny. “It’s not a real bunny rabbit… but it used to be.” My idea, at the time, of comedy magic.

Hidden in the hat was a smoke pot, a device consisting of a short, open ended lead pipe, stuffed with gunpowder, that was ignited with a battery operated switch, essentially, a bomb.

I traveled all over the world with that bomb. It was completely illegit, but I felt it was far better to ask for forgiveness than permission. I logged tens of thousands of miles with it, and never once had to ask for forgiveness.

Keep in mind, this was long before 9/11, and airport security wasn’t what it is today. Now, just to perform that trick on stage, legally, would require a permit, a fireman, and a licensed pyrotechnic expert.

My complete show at the time was in my carry-on luggage. The Mindreading Goose, the largest of my props, was with my suits and shirts in a garment bag hanging in the onboard closet.
Message: Posted by: Jay Buchanan (Jan 22, 2009 09:33PM)
Lol Steve! Good stuff!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDVlVzA9WiE <--- I love that bit!
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Jan 22, 2009 09:47PM)
Very funny clip!

Thanks for that, Jay (and, Steve, of course!).
Message: Posted by: Will Tsai (Jan 23, 2009 02:34PM)
I had my electrical touch installed on my shoes when I travel to Singapore for a gig... that wasn't the best experience of my life...