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asgar
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Finally I'm working in a restaurant regularly.This is a good place to hone tricks.What do you think about using Rocky Raccoon in the restaurants.I do not like the idea of using furry stuff near the food.But its a great and funny effect.Specially for the small kids.
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You answered your own question.

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On 2012-09-24 05:51, asgar wrote:
I do not like the idea of using furry stuff near the food.
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Whether or not this is appropriate in a restaurant setting can be debated. I would never do it because I would hate to have to carry it. It that a spring puppet in your pocket, or.......?
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As a patron, would you want someone walking around with what appears to a be live animal in a restaurant setting where you're trying to dine? I wouldn't. Let common sense light your path... Smile
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I do not like the idea of food near the furry stuff.

Discretion, meet valor.
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Put yourself in the position of a layman, restaurant patron. Would you want potential animal fur on your plate. Real or faux.
Plus, some people are always going to think the raccoon is real no matter what.
I think this would be a great way to get kicked out of the place.
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On 2012-09-24 16:39, professorwhut wrote:
I think this would be a great way to get kicked out of the place.

Now that you bring it up, just think of the possibilities it would open up for usurping someone else's gig.

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I would not use it in a restaurant, and would not like Rocky around my food.
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Opinion seems to be " No "
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I seem to remember a routine, and I think it was published in Magic Menu, where Rocky finds a selected card. I also had a friend that used Rocky in his restaurant gig, for years.
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I keep one at the restaurant, and have used it sparingly. I'm very careful about when and where I bring it out for specific tables. I wouldn't take a chance on disturbing another table even for a moment, but if a table has kids that are well-behaved and clearly having fun - and in a section that can't be seen by the others - I'll bring it out. It is always rewarding for both the guests and myself.
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Gentlemen, lighten up a little! Its fake! You're worried about a holding fake raccoon when everyone else in the restaurant is eating a dead animal! I have used Spot the Skunk from time to time and there has been no stink about it!

Seriously, has anyone had a situation in which a guest complained? Or have you all simply steered clear of even trying it?

There have been times that I've come to my restaurant from a birthday party and didn't have time to drop off the rabbit at home. So, if its slow I'll take the rabbit around and have the kids pet the rabbit. I know, horrible, right? Once again, I never had a complaint, only very happy children, parents, and a restaurant manager asking when I'm bringing the rabbit in again.
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On 2012-09-25 17:12, Ken Northridge wrote:
Gentlemen, lighten up a little! Its fake! You're worried about a holding fake raccoon when everyone else in the restaurant is eating a dead animal! I have used Spot the Skunk from time to time and there has been no stink about it!

Seriously, has anyone had a situation in which a guest complained? Or have you all simply steered clear of even trying it?

There have been times that I've come to my restaurant from a birthday party and didn't have time to drop off the rabbit at home. So, if its slow I'll take the rabbit around and have the kids pet the rabbit. I know, horrible, right? Once again, I never had a complaint, only very happy children, parents, and a restaurant manager asking when I'm bringing the rabbit in again.


Ken, all you say is correct. It all could be done for 30 years without an issue.

Then again...someone could get a complaint the first time out. These days many people like to exert some power in situations just to do it.

There are board of health laws and if someone called and complained about a live animal, no matter how small, there would be trouble.They could even call the board of health about the faux raccoon saying it was real.

A privately owned restaurant is always the best to work at. Corporate owned upper management love to throw the baby out with the bath water on any compliant, real or legit.
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On 2012-09-25 17:12, Ken Northridge wrote:
Gentlemen, lighten up a little! Its fake! You're worried about a holding fake raccoon when everyone else in the restaurant is eating a dead animal!


Classic and so true!

I have used Rocky in the restaurant for 3 years now, not so much anymore. I was originally given the same advice but honestly kids love it and everyone that comes back to see you always ask to see him again.

Just do it plus because you get to use him so much in front of an audience you will end up with a good routine for a stand up act.
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Used Rocky for years in restaurants with no problem and loads of laughs. Only dicey time was when I was behind a bar, Rocky leaped across it at a patron on a stool, and she wind-milled her arms to keep her balance. Everybody laughed, but I dropped the leap.
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Make sure you use the bit where the manager says you can't have live animals in the restaurant and you slap rocky across the table. I love that one.


Seriously make sure you know your client well enough before you introduce it.
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What about wearing a fur coat in a restaurant?

Isn't Rocky just a springs fur coat?
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On 2012-09-26 17:35, Pecan_Creek wrote:
What about wearing a fur coat in a restaurant?

Isn't Rocky just a springs fur coat?

Yup, but I wouldn't want either of them near my food. They both shed and the fur gets airborne.
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The only time a raccoon should be seen in a restaurant is if it's stuffed, roasted and served on a bed of polenta with a wild berry jus.
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There is a faux fur "Roxanne" available but I'd save the spring from a Rocky (if you have one) because I found the spring in mine so stiff as to be almost unworkable. I don't think it was the faux fur but the spring itself that made it hard to operate. I have not bought a rocky to get a softer spring because I don't want to buy a rocky. Roxanne is cute but clearly not real. You can't do the bits of blowing the fur to get expression.

Remember that a fur coat would not be so welcome in a restaurant as it once may have been.

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