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Lee Marelli
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As some of you know, David Copperfied has just closed a deal with AFLAC to have a promotional tie-in (spell that dollars) with Copperfield's charity because of Copperfield's duck, Gertrud. As you are aware, AFLAC's highly successful advertising symbol is a duck.

Have any of you had any luck in tying in your animal(s)/bird(s) with a company's mascot or animal advertising symbol? How did you go about it, etc.? Have any of you thought about how you might get a tie-in. How would you go after it?
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Well, you would need stand-ins.
If that sounds pessimistic, it ain't - imagine having a $$$ promo deal and the iguana doesn't come out from under it's rock one morning!
That's all from me but if the parrot (really two sh-h-h-h) tells me any more, I will pass it on.
Hey Mary, no prat ... I mean parrot graphic!
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With the exception of my dog, who is reliable and trained well, I do not put much burden on my ducks or rabbits when it comes to their performance. I produce them from boxes, buckets that leave no room for error...they just come on out and I display them and the same with the vanishes. I like the animals, and so does the audience, but if one of them is in a pesky mood I cannot risk having them ruin the show. In other words, I might have the dog do something that requires retention, training skill....I do not with the ducks and bunnies even though they are naturally amusing and fun.

I have never tried to tie my animals in with a product theme. I have done some entertaining as a result of having so many animals....dog from the pound, rabbit from the pound. So the pound had me do a video with them. Since then my wife got two dippy cats so maybe it is time for another video...but then again I have yet to find ANYTHING a cat can do properly!

I have used the old technique of employing animals to get a picture in the paper. One time, at a Kiwanis function, I had the regional governor receive a special pin that was attached to a ribbon around the neck of a rabbit I produced. That got in three papers because of the animal, the regional governor and the local angle.

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Magicduck, cats are smarter than most humans, including me, so we work and they concentrate on being cats.
An animal trainer said,"Find out what the animal is going to do and try to make out it was your idea." Smile
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Hobart,

Note I did not say the felines were stupid, or dumb as rocks, or dumb as dirt, or not playing with a full deck....I said that I had yet to find "a cat that could do anything properly."
By the way, about 12 years ago at the nightly "Sundown Festival" in Key West, Florida there was a guy with a trained cat act...as in housecat sized cats. It was incredibly entertaining and he had the cats doing all the lion tamer routines, in miniature, right in the crowd. How did he do it? Training of course. Not sure just how but, based on the girth of the kitties, I suspect it may have been a training program of withholding meals until the beastly creatures would do as they were told.

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