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MascotInsider Attends IAAPA 2012 Full Recap Of The Expo

Welcome to MascotInsider coverage of IAAPA 2012. We’ve had an amazing time and now we get to share the experience with you. IAAPA show floor features many amazing companies that are in the amusement park business. Such as making rides, shows, attractions and more! During IAAPA we got to interview select mascot companies that attended the expo plus also learn more from other companies about exciting developments. We are pleased to present our video interviews & photos from the event enjoy!
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Interview with the Ringmaster of The Fur Circus

MascotInsider is proud to present another great interview! Today with our interviewing The Fur Circus let’s begin..
1. What are some of the difficulties and advantages of performing as a
group?
Anytime you are in a group there are challenges, be it personalities,
work ethic, ideas and so forth. The uniqueness of Fur Circus is that all of
us have a long stand working relationship as professional mascots before
creating our enFURtainment concept. Our FURternity and cross collaboration
is not something you see in a city with several professional sports
teams/mascots. We have a lot of energy, passion and respect for this
industry and because of that, a mutual respect for each other. When we get
into creative sessions and executing for clients we can get extremely
creative with some wild ideas. Our challenge is keeping up with our ideas
and making sure that they fit into what we are doing.
2. Where is your favorite place to perform?
We have performed in a lot of great venues and towns, for great
organizations. However, our favorite place to “do what we do” is in
hospitals. Bringing the suspension of reality to people during difficult
times is just something you can’t top. It’s very fulfilling and, for us, a
constant reminder that what we do can positively affect many people.
3. What kind of advice could you give someone who wants to become a
professional mascot, but doesn’t know where to begin?
There are a lot of opinions, people and camps out there that can tell you
how to be a mascot but the reality is you have to start somewhere. You
can shadow mascots. Watch guys, talk with them and have them work with
you. There are guys that have been actively performing for a long time and
are genuine when it comes to passing off a little advice. Finally, always
let your mascot head be bigger than your own. Being a professional mascot
means knowing when to be on and when to be off, too many mascots have
ruined great opportunities because they let their ego get in the way of
being a professional mascot. When we represent organizations we are held
accountable for our actions inside and outside the costume!
4. How do you guys deal with a crowd that lacks energy?
As a group, we always have back up plans.and back up plans for our back up
plans. The idea is being flexible and adapting to the situation. You have
to be able to read the crowd and adjust your performance, meet them where
they are at and bring them up. Our skits are never the same, no matter how
many times we rehearse or script them out because we adjust them to meet
the crowd where they are at.
5. Have you guys ever been injured while performing and if so what happened?
Yes, Yes, Yes. Collectively, we have had broken noses, toes, stitches,
shoulder tears, knees, backs, necks.the list goes on.
6. What is the farthest place you as a group have traveled to perform?
As a group we are very methodical about where we perform, we’re developing
something to stand the test of time and not just the now. For that reason we
have been working with organizations in the southeast, we’re based out of
Atlanta. However, our guys have gone to China, Brazil, Europe, Guam, Canada,
all over.
7. What kind of mascot experience do you guys have prior to becoming The Fur
Circus?
Our group has over 50 years of combined experience working in all levels
of professional sports. We cover MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, WNBA, AFL, MiLB,
professional hockey and soccer. Outside of the sports realm includes NCAA,
Jimmy Buffett, UniverSoul Circus, Harlem Globetrotters, Warner
Brothers and the Olympic games.
8. How many shows do you guys do a year and what sports do you guys perform
at?
We do all sports plus a lot of festivals and events. It really just
depends on the time of the year.
9. How do you guys compete against other traveling entertainment groups like
BirdZerk and The Famous Chicken?
This business is certainly a small world and we have crossed paths with
many of the other entertainment acts out there. To be very honest we don’t
really see them as competitors as we all offer very different products. I
certainly would like to think that we have a more diversely experienced
group of enFURtainers but, again, what we are offering is very different
from what everyone else is.
10. How do you guys deal with the times that YOU physically lack energy?
When we are on the ground working with a client it does get to be a bit of a
non-stop kind of day. Staying hydrated, working together as a group and
taking care of ourselves. Taking care of the basics. The show must always go
on!
Thanks The Fur Circus for interviewing with MascotInsider today. You can visit their official website at thefurcircus.com and be sure to “Like” their official page by clicking here.

Imperor of Fun and Games: Dave Raymond Interview

Welcome to another Mascot Interview presented by MascotInsider this time it’s with Dave Raymond let’s begin..
1. What are some of your memories from your first game as the Phillie Phanatic?
Great fear that the same fans that booed Santa Clause and Easter Bunny would turn on me as a green furry Muppet. Actually what happened was the realization about how much fun it was and was going to be. The fans were accepting and a great bond between the Phanatic and the fans began on that night late in April 1978 that continues today almost 36 years later!
2. What kind of advice could you give someone who wants to become a professional mascot, but doesn’t know where to begin?
The best advice I ever received was from my boss Bill Giles on the first night I wore the costume. I was concerned because, up to that point, no one had told me what to do, or maybe even more importantly, what not to do. Bill said, “David…just have fun. If you are not having fun you will not be funny and if you are not funny this will not be successful”. So…everyone who is in this business must make sure it makes them happy and that it is fun for them to do. If not, it will not be a success no matter how talented they are. Also you have to take it seriously. Yes…it is “serious” fun! That means you have to practice and be skilled in your presentation.
3. What happened to the Mascot Hall of Fame? By that I mean it stops with the 2008 inductees why hasn’t it continued?
The Mascot Hall of Fame is alive and well. We are waiting to find the next great mascot to induct. We have to be careful with the Mascots we consider. There may even be a permanent Mascot Hall of Fame in the Chicago area soon.
4. What would you say is the most vaulable part of a mascot program for colleges and sports teams?
The organization must be willing to set it as a priority and budget for success. Remember that your mascot is a living, breathing brand extension not just a “kid in a suit”. You would skimp on the development of your logo and you shouldn’t do that on the one initiative that can go everywhere and remind your, students, fans, customers and employees that you value fun! A mascot can deliver your message with entertainment and make it more memorable than any other form of marketing or advertising.
5. Where did you get the name “Emperor of Fun and Games?”
John Brazer is the Director of Fun and Games for the Philadelphia Phillies. I love the title and decided that if I stole the idea from him I had to make it a title that trumped director so the Emperor of Fun and Games was created! John still gives me a hard time about every time I see him.
6. How did you deal with a crowd that lacked energy?
Crowds that I worked in front of never lacked energy. Fans always want to have fun. That is why they are coming to the game in the first place. They want to be distracted from their problems and struggles for a few hours. The Phanatic was the perfect distraction and I don’t ever remember a crowd that didn’t respond the Phanatic and the other characters that I had the privilege of performing.
7. How did you deal with the times that YOU lacked energy?
Now that is a whole different question! I tried to always remember how lucky I was to have the opportunity to be paid to be an idiot. It was truly the best job on the planet! The best way for me to deal with the lack of my energy was the same as the fan would. I focused on the faces of the fans and kids that were enjoying the character. That provides more energy than you can imagine. I worked through the anguish of losing my mother to cancer while I was performing as the Phanatic and I believe that it helped me recover more quickly mentally and emotionally because of the Philadelphia fans support.
8. What are some of your highlights as a mascot?
To name just few…
Working a funeral as the Phanatic and being successful
Riding in the 1980 World Series Parade as the Phanatic
The Phanatic’s infamous fight with Tommy Lasorda
Working as the Phanatic in LA in front of the Dodger fans
Working as the Phanatic in San Diego in front of the Padre fans
Catching a foul ball in costume when the Phillies were beating the Atlanta Braves during the 1993 playoffs
Rolling out our new character called Sport for Acme Mascots in 1994
9. Who influenced you to become a mascot?
No one! I was just in the right place at the right time. I was an athlete all through high school and college and if someone told me that I would end up becoming a professional mascot I would have told them they were nuts!
10. Do you remember any fans who left a big impression on you during your career?
All of the mentally and physically challenged kids. Nothing was more sobering and gave me better perspective then kids who had so much less that I did in terms of health and they were just as happy as I would ever be! That can certainly wake you up a bit.
Dave
Thanks so much to Mr. Dave Raymond for doing an interview with MascotInsider for more information about his company please visit http://raymondeg.com/.

Interview with Glenn Street Topdog of Street Characters Inc

MascotInsider is pleased to present another great mascot interview staring Top Dog Owner Of Street Characters Inc. Let’s begin..
1. What are some of your memories from your first game as Harvey the Hound?
Wow, that was a looong time ago, I don’t recall my first game. What I do recall is the Flames back then were like the Chicago Bulls when they had Michael Jordan – tickets to the game were extremely hard to get. That meant that most of the crowd were businessmen from Downtown. The average age was in the 50’s and the vast majority were college graduates – the only time you saw any kids at the game was if it was Saturday Afternoon. This highly educated, white collar crowd was exactly the kind of crowd you would expect wouldn’t work for a mascot, yet when the Flames did season Ticket Holder surveys, Harvey consistently scored as their favorite thing at a Flames Game – after the hockey of course!
2. What kind of advice could you give someone who wants to become a professional mascot, but doesn’t know where to begin?
If you can believe it I get lots of email from people who have never been in a costume who ask how they can become a major league mascot, as if all they had to do was put on a costume! I explain they need to get some experience. Start by volunteering for a local charity, find out if you can assist the mascot at a minor league team. From there you will get to know the Team as well as other mascots in the area, continue to get as much experience as possible, remember, at this point it has to be about getting experience and not getting paid. As you get more and more experience and start to move up the ladder other organizations will start to hear about you and other mascots will tell you about job openings. Most importantly, make sure you get a video of your best stuff to make an audition video.
Being a mascot these days is pretty much like being a player, you start off because you love it, then you may play for your school, then a Minor League, Team or Teams, then hopefully you’ll get your big break and make it to the Majors.
3. What started Harvey the Hound’s feud with TSN broadcaster Gary Green?
That was a long standing feud with several Chapters. The event that got it all going was at a game at Halloween. It was a very one sided game, Calgary was up several goals at the end of the first period. At the start of the Intermission Gary had the unfortunate task of recapping a stinker of a game. He was standing in the corner with the rink behind him trying to find something interesting to say. Harvey was standing behind Gary listens intently, Harvey then started the motion that he was shovelling something (presumably manure), then made the motion that something really smelled. The crowd was loving it and even though Harvey was behind him, Gary could see what was going on through his monitor. On TV you could see him looking off to the side of the monitor and being somewhat distracted as he watched the antics behind him.
He finally said “I can’t take this anymore, this dog is driving me crazy”, he dropped the mike, grabbed Harvey around the throat and started banging the Hound’s head against the glass. The crowd loved it!
TSN had a game the next night in Vancouver, apparently as Gary walked through the Vancouver Airport people were stopping him and asking “What did you do to that poor dog last night?” From there the battle was on.
My favorite Story was when TSN was in Calgary on Trade Day. Harvey was walking around with a telephone in one hand, and a sign in the other that reads “Telephone Call for Gary Green”. Harvey then got down in front of a camera and held up another sign “You’ve been traded…” then flipped the sign over where the backside said “To the Home Shopping Network!”
It was classic.
4. Was there another mascot you learned from?
No, when Harvey was started he was the first mascot in the NHL and one of the first in Pro Sports. We were pioneers so to speak as there were only a handful of mascots.
When I train people today, though I do tell them a great way to learn is to watch other mascots. You will pick up new moves and variations of what you’re doing now. There’s more than one way to show you’re in love with a girl, or angry for example.
5. Where did you get the name “Top Dog?”
When I started Street Characters I wanted to have a title that better reflected who were are, and more fun. The president sounded just too formal. People seem to really love it as well.
6. How did you deal with a crowd that lacked energy?
I’m going to answer this question a little differently.
People often ask me what the biggest mistake is that’s made with a mascot. You’ll be surprised, but my answer is always, “They use them too much”.
Like any team, the Flames didn’t play their best every night. In those instances where they stunk it didn’t matter what Harvey did, it would just aggravate the fans more because they weren’t in the mood. If you try to force yourself on them you end up just aggravating them.
During those times we would take a long break in our dressing room. Hopefully something positive would happen and you could build on that when you came back out. Usually, Harvey’s absence was also noticeable, so they were much more responsive when he returned.
You want to make sure you don’t overstay your welcome, and if the crowd isn’t happy to see you, get the hell out of there.
7. How did you deal with the times that YOU lacked energy?
One word, “Bananas.”
8. What did you do during off-season?
Harvey was kept busy all season, in the off season the Flames would travel to the small towns and the players would challenge the locals to a softball game. Harvey was there for both comic relief, pitched a few games, and even saved a home run by catching the ball in his dog bowl!
From a personal standpoint, we live on the edge of the mountains, it seems like you’re always doing something outdoors.
9. What was your favorite thing to do as a mascot?
Harvey’s signature move was walking along the top of the glass, his feet would slip, and he would end up straddling the glass. You could hear every Male in the building going “Ohhh”.
One year, we delivered “Kingston” a new character to the LA Kings. I was asked if I would wear the costume for the unveiling at a game. During my briefing a section was pointed out to me and I was told “Don’t go near there, they’re crazy, they’ll tear you apart!” When they introduced me I looked at my boss, then pointed to the section I was told to stay away from, then looked back at him to see him saying “NO, NO, NO”, I gave him a little wave and headed directly into the middle of that section. Fortunately, it had a narrow metal railing and I did my full thing. From that point on I had them eating out of my hands. They could see I was literally busting my you know what for them.
I’ve been happily married for 20 years now, no kids though, can’t figure out why!
10. Do you remember any fans who left a big impression on you during your career?
Not any specifics, the great thing about Hockey is that you’re in the crowd pretty much for the entire game. I would say that most Hockey mascots are really good at interacting with the crowd from the entire building down to one individual fan.
The best ones are the ones that play along because the spontaneous bits are usually the funniest. We never tried to embarrass anyone, we always made sure the victim was having as much fun as everyone else.
I remember one time Harvey seeing a fan with the opposing team’s jersey on. Harvey stopped and pointed him out to the crowd. Then motioned to the fan to come down and fight him. The fan was laughing and finally stood up and came down the stairs. Turns out this guy was huge and towered over Harvey. The look on Harvey’s face was “Oh crap”.
The fan picked up Harvey and threw him over his shoulders and proceeded to carry Harvey back up the stairs. Harvey looked down, and there, in this guy’s back pocket was his wallet! Harvey casually reached down, plucked the wallet out of his pocket and then hid it in the costume.
The fan puts Harvey down and then shook his hand as though it was all in good fun – no hard feelings. The fan sat down and Harvey ran down the stairs in front of the section, and pulled out the wallet. The fan was busy high fiving his buddies about how he showed the Hound while Harvey was in front of everyone going through the wallet. Finally, someone said to the guy “Hey, where’s your wallet?” The guy checks his back pocket and then sees Harvey. He comes down and snatches his wallet while Harvey is looking through it.
Harvey’s look is “Hey, what just happened?”
The fan returned to his seat with smiles all around (including his own).
The highlight of my career was when I ran the mascot program for the Calgary Stampede. During the Medal Ceremonies of the ’88 Olympics I was on stage with a band as the warm up act. The band would have the crowd participating in every song and it was great being in control of 60,000 fans from around the World every night during the Olympics.
Thank you to Top Dog for joining us for an interview at MascotInsider for more information about Street Characters Inc you may click here. And you can “Like” them on Facebook by clicking here!

A mascot interview with Rocky The Bull from USF

MascotInsider is proud to introduce another great Mascot Interview this time with Rocky the Bull from USF so let’s begin..
Question 1: When it’s game day do you also get the players excited before the game? Yes! For every home football game, I lead the team out onto the field! I run out of the tunnel with the players, carrying a huge USF flag from one end zone to the other. Then, I jump into the student section, where all of the students crowd surf me to get ready for the game. But, I must say that the most awesome time I had pumped up one of our teams before a game was during the Softball World Series in Oklahoma City this past year. Before we played Oklahoma in the first game, Coach Ken Erickson told the team that he had a very special guest for them. Then, he called me into the locker room before the girls took the field and I went bonkers. The team and I were so excited to be in the World Series!
Question 2: What is your favorite thing to do as a mascot? Little kids and our students are most dear to my heart! So taking pictures and signing autographs for them is the best!
Question 3: How awesome is it to be in the Celebrity Mascot Games? It is my favorite event every year! I circle my calendar for the Mascot Games because I know that is where the biggest and best mascots are every single summer. I love competing with them to see who the real champion of the mascot world is!
Question 4: Is there another mascots you learn from? All of the teams in the Tampa Bay area are very close with one another. Thunderbug, Raymond, and Captain Fear are some of my best friends. So naturally, I have learned a lot from them since we are at a lot of the same events every year.
Question 5: Do you do anything during off-season? There is NO off-season when you’re a mascot! The summer is one of the busiest times for me. I have freshmen orientations, photo and commercial shoots, the Mascot Games, and community appearances throughout the summer. We pride ourselves at USF as being one of the top community-engaged research universities in the nation.
Question 6: What is your favorite sport? No doubt about it….football!!! We love our USF Bulls football team and are extremely excited about the upcoming year. Big East basketball is my second favorite, especially with the new Sun Dome arena opening up this year! Everyone needs to find some time to come to Tampa and check it out!
Special thanks to Justin Jolley and his great crew at MascotInsider. Love the work you guys do!
In Bull Pride,
Rocky the Bull

20th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games Review

Welcome to MascotInsider’s Coverage of the 20th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games. It was an honor to be invited this year as part of their Media. We had the opportunity to help cover the best games in Orlando, FL. This review will cover Saturday’s event, but the photos will also include some from Friday’s event.
So let’s begin..
Around 12:20 PM, we joined up with Adam Tursdell, Ozzie’s mascot escort. We went to the elevator and before you knew it, the madness began! Ozzie spotted a sliver cart that’s normally used to transfer food and other stuff and he sat on it. Adam asked him if he wanted a ride and he shook his head up and down, yes, Other mascots, Stormy from the Carolina Hurricanes and Baby Jay from the University of Kansas, joined in on the fun. By the time we approached the third floor, Ozzie was still on the cart, but the other mascots had decided to walk. I helped push him all the way to the table; it made many other local crew members that worked for Amway Center have a laugh. Unfortunately, I could not see ahead of me and I ended up bumping into a mascot making him fall down, he was okay though and we all moved forward.
Before the kids came in to greet the mascots, I had an opportunity to present an award to Ozzie; he won “favorite mascot”. I got a few photos, watched the kids have an amazing time getting autographs and photos with their favorite mascot and getting kicked in the knee by another mascot. Eventually, it was time to return the mascots to the locker rooms. Ozzie got into his cart and I pushed him all the way to the elevator, of course, he fell out of the cart twice. He pretty much didn’t trust me to push him anymore, so he walked back the rest of the way and volunteer Adam dropped him off.
Finally, The 20th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games began! All the awesome mascots were welcomed into the games. They entered by running out of the tunnel by their team color, either Red, Blue, Green or Yellow. The introductions concluded and the mascots began to work through three of the first challenges. There was running, a challenging obstacle course called “Gridiron 5k Cross Fit Challenge” and there was a game called “The Pizza Hut Hungry Hungry Mascots” where the mascots had to try and grab the most pizza boxes while other mascots tried to prevent the opposing team from getting them. After that, the next challenge was called “Truly Nolen Mascot Squeeze” where one team of mascots had to try and fit into an incredibly tiny car while being chased by another team.
The mascots finally got a break and Gina, Orlando Magic’s good luck charm, was once again the half time entertainment. She did an AMAZING job. Once that was over, the next challenge was “Clear Channel Outdoor Joust”. For the first time ever, MascotInsider strapped a Go Pro Camera onto Ozzie. It will give you an experience like never before! You’ll be able to see that in an upcoming post soon. In this competition, mascots had to joist each other, the last one remaining would be declared the winner! The final challenge was called “Coca Cola Obstacle Course”. In this challenge, the mascots had to go through a bunch of obstacle courses including going up a rock wall at the end of the course.
After all the teams battled their way though these difficult challenges, the winner of Saturday’s game was declared. The… BLUE team was the winner! Fin has battled it out in the Celebrity Mascot Games for two years and helped the Blue Team gain a championship title. That ended the 20th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games.
Check out all our media coverage from this year’s Celebrity Mascot Games including, photos and videos below!

20th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games Getting Close

Who’s ready for the best games in Florida to return? Starting July 19th the games are back and MascotInsider once again is the best website to cover the games. It’s amazing to see it’s already been 20 years since the games originally started and we can’t wait to celebrate with them. Below is some information if you’re interested in attending.
Locations and times:
Stenson University July 19th 12:30 PM EST
Amway Center July 20th 12:30 PM EST
Amway Center July 21st 2:00 PM EST
Prices:
$10.00 General Admission
$16.00 for Reserved Seating (Only available for Saturdays game at Amway Center)
Buy Tickets (Advance Purchases only available for Amway Center)
As we’ve mentioned before count on us being the number one website covering the 20th annual Celebrity Mascot Games and for more information about Celebrity Mascot Games please visit mascotgames.org.

And The Most Favoriate Mascot Is..

After a total of 5,442 votes the results are in and the WINNER IS.. Ozzie Osprey from UNF, he battle, though a tough competition after being beaten almost by Wolfpack from North Carolina State University & Homer Brave from Atlanta Braves. But he stayed strong and fought for first place and it turned well. We really wanted to thank all our wonderful fans and mascots for promoting this poll be sure to view the rewards blow.
3 Top Mascots that won an award
Frist: Ozzie Osprey
Second: Homer Brave
Third: Stuff Mascot
Click Here to view the Awards on our FB Page.

Final Round Vote For Favorite Mascot

What an amazing round one and since there was no ties we are now announcing the final poll below. We wish all the mascots good luck one final time! And who will be the most favorite Mascot? We will soon find out!
Thank you for voting and the amazing response this poll is now over another post showing the winner well be posted shortly.
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Voting Begins For Favorite Mascot

A few days ago we asked you fans to help nominate your favorite mascots. After making the final count, here’s the results now begins round one of voting! Vote for one mascot of your choice in each category and be sure to choose wisely as you only have one chance to vote in each category. The top winning mascot in each poll will go on to a final round unless there’s a tie then we will create another poll to see who get’s to go to the finals. Good luck to all mascots again and have fun voting!
UPDATE: What an amazing turnout for this poll. Voting in round one is now OVER please click view results to see if your mascots are going to round two. Thanks again for the amazing response and bring on round two AKA the final one!
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Nominate Your Favorite Mascots

It’s time for a battle of the favorite mascot! Starting today we are taking suggestions to add your favorite mascots in a poll to complete for most favorite mascot. After all nominations are complete we’ll post another poll where you’ll vote for your favorite mascot in each category and the one mascot that wins in each category will get to compete in a final poll to find out who’s the most favorite mascot! We want to wish them all good luck.
The nominations are now over. Please stay tuned for the polls to begin! 

Suns Mascot Punched In Nose

In some breaking news according to Fox Sports the Suns Mascot was punched in the nose by a Heat fan. It’s unfortunate it happens to mascots and fan’s fell they have the right to do so! Mascot Abuse continues to happens and check out the whole story below.
Speaking of Mascot Abuse have you seen a new PSA staring Goldy Gopher check it out below.
 
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