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High on Controversy for the Bongy

A few months ago we covered a story regarding a mascot that a Town didn’t like we were able to get a hold of to interview him check it out below!
1. You were featured on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. What are you thoughts on that? I am pretty excited about being on the Colbert Report. I have all kinds of cute girl mascots calling me now. Even Minnie Mouse called me. I’m famous now….and I love it.
2. How has this media exposure changed your life? My life is changing by the minute. Like I said…. Minnie mouse even wants a date…. I even have some movie deals I am discussing.
3. Why do you think Esquimalt City Councillor Tim Morrison is trying to run you out of town? You just would not believe it… You just never think you would see that political corruption you see on TV in your own back yard…. If you Google Bongy the bong warehouse esquimalt bc than you will see some pictures of me out in the neighborhood having a good time. The one picture I am referring to is of me up on a cube van doing the jig promoting a sale at ” The Bong Warehouse” across the street. Well….low and behold….. Good old Timmy Boy and his sister have financial ties to the condominium project you see in the picture behind me. I guess they feel we are lowering the property values. We used to have a liquor store next door and right next to this condominium project the other liquor store was mysteriously burned to the ground. It was called ” The Tudor House Pub” I can’t believe that monster would have that place run out of town too…. All I am trying to do is offer the lovely residents of this neighborhood a convenient place to purchase discount medical devices for their natural pain management. More of our clients are over fifty than under. Sometimes I really get scared that he is gonna hurt me but people need me and I am there for them. We aren’t going anywhere. They will have to burn us out too.
4. Tim Morrison has proposed legislation that would require mascots on public property to have a permit. Your thoughts? I think having to have a permit to walk down the street is an outrageous display of racism. Do mascots have no rights? What is this world coming too. I will stand tall and walk the streets when and how I feel like it. I am a mascot with pride.
5. When people see you what are their immediate reactions? When people see me I am welcomed with smiles and open arms. This Tim Morrison character has small man syndrome and is really mad that he is so short. Short in many ways the girls tell me.
Thank you to Bongy for taking the time to interview with us.


Quoth the Raven

MascotInsider is pleased to present you an interview with Poe from the Ravens team let's begin below.. 1. What do you do to get the fans excited during the game? Get our fans excited? Our fans are already excited! From the moment I streak out of the tunnel ahead of the team, our fans know how to create a home field advantage. Of course, I get rather crazy on the sidelines on defensive 3rd downs, but our fans already know it's time to get rowdy! 2. Who is your arch nemesis of the mascot world? My nemesis isn't a mascot, it's a towel! A little, puny, twirling, piece of fabric that looks like it is used to clean up mustard spills. That Steely McBeam never shows his bearded face, so he doesn't bother me. But that silly terrible towel, I WILL see its demise one day, I WILL! 3. Your team just won a Super Bowl. How did you celebrate? Well first, I made confetti angels on the field of the Super Dome as the team celebrated the victory. Then, I flew back to Baltimore to celebrate with the fans. And on a side note, my arms weren't tired, the seats on the plane have arm rests. I never got that joke. Back to the celebration. There were millions, no billions, wait no, there were trillions of fans there to celebrate during our victory parade! My wings are still sore from all the high fives! 4. Any ideas of who turned out the lights during the Super Bowl? My investigation is ongoing. 5. Do you ever occasionally make bets with other mascot? I know Jaxson does. Jaxson does a lot of things that would get most mascots permanently relocated to the zoo. Every year, I get a memo from the league office left in my nest reminding me to not be like Jaxson. 6. If I'm not mistaking there used to be three of you guys Edgar, Allan, and well you. What happened to Edgar and Allan? While my brothers still love the Ravens, they found other passions to follow. Edgar and Allan followed their love of music. While Allan starting writing and composing, Edgar started producing. They recently opened their own hip-hop recording studio. They called it Chamber Doors. Weird name if you ask me. 7. How well do you interact with other mascots? We all get along very well. We tend to avoid Jaxson because he'll get us into trouble. Freddie Falcon was also known for getting into some mischief, especially in his younger days, though he has calmed down a bit recently. 8. How do you deal with a crowd that lacked energy? I'm in Baltimore, our crowds never lack energy! Seriously, I don't know why we even have seats at M&T Bank Stadium, our fans rarely sit! 9. How do you deal with the times that YOU lacked energy? I eat more crab cakes and watch videos of Ray Lewis! 10. What do you do during the off-season? Off-season, what off-season? Ravens fan celebrate football all year. We have a gigantic party for the draft at M&T Bank Stadium. This summer, a huge flock of Ravens fans all went to the beach for a parade and beach party with me, Cheerleaders, Baltimore's Marching Ravens, and players. Then I took a nap, and when I woke up, it was time for training camp. 11. Who was or is your favorite player to interact with? (Ravens and opposing player) Terrell Suggs celebrates his stadium introduction by knocking me to ground, and I love it! Chad Johnson, or Ottoplinko, whatever his name is now; he always called me a grey duck, I didn't like it at first, but now that he's gone, I kind of miss it. Thank you to Poe for taking the time to join us for an interview for more information about Poe you can visit his official website by clicking here.


A Phantical Interview With The Phanatic

MascotInsider is proud to present a Phantical Interview with MLB top mascot The Phanatic! Let’s begin below..
1. What do you do to get the fans excited during the game?
Of course, I’m doing everything I can to get the fans excited. Rhythmic
clapping, trying to see which section cheers louder and dancing with
players, coaches and umpires usually does the trick. When all else fails,
rolling my belly around in circles never fails!
2. You versus Tommy Lasorda. Who wins?
Even though Tommy has a hundred or so pounds on me, I can still take him.
3. What’s it like to be in the Mascot Hall of Fame?
It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the all-time professional idiots
of all time. My Mom, Phoebe, is so proud.
3. What’s it like to be enshrined in Cooperstown?
I was at the Baseball Hall of Fame recently and was taken aback when I saw
the life-sized replica of me in the glass case. It was like looking in a
mirror. What makes it so special is that they have me displayed in the
same room where an exhibit of Max Patkin is displayed. The Clown Prince
of Baseball is my hero and was the model for the modern day mascot.
4. You have been around since 1978. What are some of your favorite memories?
It seems like a favorite memory is created every day I’m out there either
at the game or somewhere out at an appearance. Certainly, the two
championship parades down Broad Street have to be at the top of the list.
Our final game at the Vet was a day I’ll always remember. I walked around
the entire stadium that day and to see the emotion from the fans who loved
the Vet was amazing. I dressed in a tuxedo and danced to Donna Summer’s
Last Dance on the dugout at the end of the game. A bunch of fans jumped
up on the dugout to join me – it was awesome.
5. Your ATV stalled out before the game against the Washington Nationals
on June 17. Could Jayson Werth be behind what happened?
The gears got stuck and I couldn’t get it into neutral. Jayson was trying
actually trying to help out. This mascotting thing is a funny business.
At a real job, if you screw up, you get fired. With this job, if you
screw up, people laugh and you end up on ESPN at the end of the night.
6. How well do you interact with other mascots?
My favorite time of the year is the All Star Game. The MLB mascots have
been attending the All Star Game since Philadelphia hosted the game in
1996. We have a great time together although the smell emanating from our
dressing room could knock over an adult elephant.
7. How do you deal with a crowd that lacked energy?
If a crowd lacks energy, I go out between innings and smash a Mets helmet.
Works every time.
8. How do you deal with the times that YOU lacked energy?
If I lack energy, I go out between innings and smash a Mets helmet. Works
every time.
9. What do you do during the off-season?
I like going out and being with the people. Weddings, bar mitzvahs,
schools, hospitals, malls, ribbon-cutting events, rodeos, basket weaving
contests, funerals, you name it and I’ll be there.
10. Who was or is your favorite player to interact with. (Phillies and
opposing player)
Favorite opposing player – Joe Carter. Yeah, I should hate his guts for
beating us with that HR in 1993, but we had some battles back in the day
that the crowd loved. Chucky Carr was another guy who used to mix it up
with me. He would try to pie me before the game and he’d bring his own
Super Soaker and start water fights.
Favorite Phillie – ALL OF THEM!
A BIG Thanks to The Phanatic for taking to the time to do an interview with us at MascotInsider. For more information about The Phanatic click here to visit his home page!


Second Annual Favorite Mascot of the Year Final Round Poll!

After an amazing response to round one we are ready to begin the FINAL ROUND! Which mascot will be awarded as the 2013 MascotInsider.com Favoriate Mascot of the Year! Begin by voting below. Voting Ends: August 9th 2013 at 11:59 EST.
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Second Annual Most Favorite Mascot of the Year Poll is Here

Welcome fans even mascots to MascotInsider.com Second Annual Most Favorite Mascot of the year poll! We started this poll last year and we had an amazing response. Now it’s that time again are you ready? Begin below by nominating your favorite mascots with the categories below! We wish all your favorite mascots good luck and after submitting your responses stay tuned to us for the Poll to begin.
Thanks fans and mascots for nominating your favorite mascots. We are no longer accepting entry’s please stay tuned for the polls to start.


Celebrity Mascot Games 2013 Canceled

Today is a horrible day for many fans of Celebrity Mascot Games as the games has been officially canceled this year. For the past 20 years The Celebrity Mascot Games have been entertaining kids and family while also helping a great cause called “New Hope for Kids”. An amazing foundation helping kids that experience a family member’s loss or has an illness. Below we attached and official letter about this year’s cancellation.
According to the letter they are already working with community leaders so the games can return in 2014. So there’s no need to worry as The Celebrity Mascot Games are not gone for good and the CEO of MascotInsider will send a letter to New Hope for Kids letting them know we are here to help in any way. We wanted to thank the New Hope For Kids and Central Florida Sports Commission for allowing us to join them is helping to cover the games and we look forward to bringing you the best coverage again when the games return!


Mascots Raise Money For Charity

Rufus the Bear lost his head – literally – over finishing second in the world’s largest mascot race.
Eighty-two mascots competed Sunday in the eighth annual Mascot Gold Cup Race at Wetherby Racecourse in Yorkshire, England. The fastest 1 minute, 15 seconds in mascot sports raised 12,000 pounds ($18,582) for the Sue Ryder Hospice and 5,000 pounds ($7,742) for other causes.
After early leader Snappy the Alligator went down in the 1-furlong race and ran into race stewards on the side of the course once back up, Rufus the Bear, who finished second in the event last year, outdistanced Peanuts the Penguin (despite Rufus having to keep a hand on his head for balance). Rufus seemed to have the race in hand, but a late rush on the outside by Flash the Starlight Hike Star left Rufus the bridesmaid once again. Stunned, the individual inside the Rufus costume pulled off the giant head to see who stole his glory. Off balance, the individual hit the turf and the Rufus head went rolling ahead for yards. Quite a scene!
While not a front-runner, Josh Hudson puts forth a noteworthy effort in the contest appropriately wearing a giant heart costume. Hudson, 17, has a rare heart condition known as transposition of the arteries and is the only person with the condition to live past age 8. He raised 106 pounds ($164) for Heart Research UK through his effort.
Wearing the giant heart had its detriments, Hudson told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.
“It was quite tiring,” he said of the race. “It is an unsuitable costume when the wind catches it. I’d like to do something like that again, but I don’t know what’s next. It was nice to raise the money.”
Source:  http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10387539.Sue_Ryder_Mascot_Race_raises___12_000_for_Manorlands_hospice Photo By: Dave Woodhead


Canadian township not happy about bong mascot

Officials of a Canadian township are trying to stop a bong store’s mascot from making public appearances.
Esquimalt, a township at the southern tip of Vancover Island in British Columbia, wants to ban the mascot of Bong Warehouse from being allowed on the streets of the area.
Officials contend the mascot, which looks far more like a stoned Smurf than a bong, does not promote a healthy living message for the “family-friendly” community. One of the township’s councillors said he has received more complaints about the mascot than he does about sewage.
Being as bongs are legal devices to sell in Canada, as well as the United States, it would seem that Esquimalt officials have a tough road ahead in their effort. In Canada, tobacco used in a pipe – like a bong – is also legal, as is medical marijuana. A business promoting a legal device would seem to have the right to advertise its product – with a mascot.
Ryan Place, owner of the business, feels he is being unfairly targeted by the township. He said the mascot has only made a handful of appearances since his store opened in December and that he has never received a direct complaint about the mascot. In fact, he said, many people want to have their photo taken with the mascot at appearances.
He doesn’t foresee any rules being enforceable to keep him from using the mascot and said there is only an objection because his mascot is for a marijuana-related business. A place noted anything involving marijuana continues to be controversial. He said he will fight any restrictions the township tries to place on the mascot’s use.
Do you agree with this? Should the town be forced to ban the mascot due to it being not family friendly? Answer below in the comments..
Original Source: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/esquimalt-wants-to-ban-bong-mascot-1.117290 Photograph that’s featured in this article by: DARREN STONE, VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST


Tampa Bay Mascot Spurs Controversy with ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Sign

The mascot for the Tampa Bay Rays has a bit of explaining to do, after photos surfaced of the icon making light of wildlife expert Steve Irwin’s untimely death via a held up a sign. The event was captured via Smartphone camera by a member of the crowd and has now gone viral online.
The sign, which was displayed at a recent game, features a photo of the late “Crocodile Hunter” with the caption “Rays To Do List” and two items that included the name Steve Irwin and the World Series. Irwin’s name was also crossed out and a photo of the wildlife expert was shown.
Irwin, famous for his “Crocodile Hunter” television show, famously died from a bizarre sting ray attack while diving in Australia in 2006.
While the joke may have seemed funny to some, ball club officials are taking the matter seriously. According to Orlando area news sources, the a team spokesman issued the following statement:
“The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign was displayed in the ballpark, and we apologize for the lapse in judgment.”
The spokesman also went on to explain that the sign was fan created and that the mascot, Raymond Ray, was simply holding it up for the crowd.
But the event leads many to wonder, how far is too far in the name of crowd entertainment?
What do you think? Should the team be responsible for what fan created signs come into the ballpark?


Amazing Interview with AMAZING!! Mascots, Inc.

MascotInsider is pleased to bring another interview this time with the owner of AMAZING!! Mascots, Inc. Kelly Frank Let’s begin..
1. How did you get your start being a professional mascot and creating mascot costumes?   As a sports fan, I was always interested in mascots. I grew up in South Florida and in the late 80’s/early 90’s we had some of the best mascots (Burnie-Miami Heat, Billy-Florida Marlins, Stanley-Florida Panthers). While in high school I got an internship with the indoor soccer team. That lead to part time positions with the Arena Football and MLS team.  While in college I worked as a parade performer at Walt Disney World, a seasonal “scare-actor” and costume technician at Universal Studios, served as my college mascot for a year, interned with the WNBA team as their mascot, and performed across the country as JJ Jumper, the official mascot of NCAA Basketball.   While in college, in order to gain more experience, I learned how to make costumes with the help of some mascot makers and my friend’s mother who was a seamstress. To help perfect my craft I approached a couple of teams and offered a low cost costume if they paid for materials. It helped me learn how to make costumes and led to my first big sale, a $3,000 suit to the Miami SOL of the WNBA. That was a lot of money for a college kid, and I’ve been hooked ever since!   2. What are some of your favorite things to do as a mascot?   There are so many things: dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJQwC8_DOG, celebrating a win http://i.imgur.com/060aN.jpg>, hospital visits, nailing a skit, player interaction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i60XoQfL1M0, meeting celebrities http://i.imgur.com/bc7o4.jpg and more. But I think my favorite thing is subtlety. Conveying something minute, non verbally, and making people laugh. It might be a simple turn of the head, a pause, or an on time reaction. It’s not something the whole stadium sees, but for the people who see it it’s hilarious, and adds so much depth to the character and performance.   3. You’ve been a mascot for many different sports teams. What sport is your favorite to mascot?*   Baseball. In my opinion is the perfect venue for a mascot. There is plenty of down time and usually a lot of places to position yourself to be seen. I call it “a long conversation.” You can pop out, do something during the start of the game, and come back later and call back to your prior shenanigans. Do to the pace of the game, people really watch you when you’re out performing.   Arena football is just crazy, unadulterated fun. It’s just a non stop show and a great venue for a mascot performer. I used to literally be on the field during play (while it was at the other end) and could run and be center field constantly. The players and refs don’t take themselves too seriously and you have a ton of fodder for humor. Having players and officials that are willing to play with you makes for a much funnier performance.   I love hockey as a fan, but as a mascot I found it challenging. It’s hard to be center stage and the game is so fast you have to wait for the whistle to try and entertain, or risk annoying fans. You can read an article I wrote about performing in different venues on Gameops.com http://www.gameops.com/essay-writers/mascot-tips   4. Are there any mascots you looked up to when you began your career?   The Phillie Phanatic, of course. I remember the first time I saw one of his performances. I was like “Oh, this is what a mascot can do!” He was just always on, never out of character, and almost every moment was funny. Clutch of the Houston Rockets http://www.youtube.com/user/nosuchthing was another inspiration. He was edgy, hilarious, and cute all at once as well as the ultimate businessman.   Erin Blank, who was Paws of the Detroit Tigers at the time, also helped get my career going by offering a ton of advice. But I think my favorite had to be the original Burnie for the Miami Heat. He was just such a true clown, always pushing it, always making me laugh. I modeled a lot of my character attributes after him.   5. What kind of advice could you give someone who wants to become a professional mascot, but doesn’t know where to begin?   Get training by attending a mascot boot camp. Keystone Mascots and Raymond Entertainment offer them as well as the United Cheerleading Association. Call local teams and see if they need a backup or mascot assistant. Some teams offer internships for mascots. Audition for your high school or college mascot. If you’re near a theme park, get work as a costumed character. Enhance your skill set by taking dancing/acting lessons. If possible, learn gymnastics. Practice tricks such as juggling, unicycling, and stilt walking. If you can’t land a mascot position with a team, try out for their promo squad and learn how to be an out of costume entertainer. If no jobs are available, consider purchasing or making your own costume and volunteer at community events to get experience.   A great way to learn is by watching other mascots. Thanks to YouTube http://www.youtube.com/amazingmascotsinc, it’s easier than ever to watch other mascots. Mimic what you see your favorite performers do and add your own personality traits to develop your character. Video tape yourself as much as possible and watch the footage. It helps you learn.   I also advise new performers, in this age of litigation, to think before they act/react. A simple mistake could lead to someone getting hurt, and the performer being liable. This is why getting proper training is key.   6. How do you deal with a crowd that lacks energy?   It’s rare that this happens. The only time I’ve run into crowds like this are small crowds at sponsored events, where there are only so many people to interact with. I’ll spend more one on one time with individuals that enjoy the mascot, like children, and take breaks so the mascot doesn’t get “annoying.” If it’s really slow, I’ll stand next to the road by the sponsor’s sign and wave. But I’m careful to stay far away from the road to avoid possible injury.   If I’m in a crowd that’s just “not having” the mascot (usually tweens through college age) I’ll showcase my dance skills or woo them with my giveaway items. Once you get them over the “I’m too cool for a mascot” it’s be fun.   7. How do you deal with the times that YOU lack energy?   Even when I’m tired, grumpy, or having a bad day, when the suit comes on I snap out of it. I’ve had days when I’m exhausted and I swear I’m going to “tone it down” and just get through the event. It never happens. I’m incapable of “phoning it in” as the crowd always gives me the energy to perform, no matter how tired I am.   8. What are some of you favorite memories of being a professional mascot?   For my first regular season MLB game I got flown to Japan where the Devil Rays took on the New York Yankees for the 2004 MLB season opener. I remember standing behind home plate at the Tokyo Dome, looking up at 50,000+ fans, and just being in awe. The 2008 season was another highlight, with the Rays making the playoffs for the first time ever, and beating the Red Sox in 7 games during the ALCS. When we went to the World Series I was standing on the field, seeing the World Series logo everywhere and thinking “Is this real?”   As a hockey fan I truly enjoyed the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2011 post season run where they were one game away from the Stanley cup finals. The whole run was awesome, but I really enjoyed game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi finals they swept the Capitals. The crowd was electric.   9. How does AMAZING!! Mascots, Inc. compete with other mascot costume creators?   Our costumes are designed with the performer in mind and we do not stick to one “look” or production method. Our costumes truly are unique and we construct them using whatever method is best suited for the client’s needs. We strive to make each costume unique and fit within the client’s budget. Also we’re the only company whose head designer is a current mascot performer who has performed for MLB, NHL, NBA (backup), WNBA, MLS, Arena Football, Minor League Baseball, Minor League Hockey, NCAA Basketball, and Division 1 College Football and worked as a character costume technician at Universal Studios Florida. I have worn countless costumes and talked with dozens (if not 100+) performers and know the pros and cons of various costume construction techniques.   We have a new production technique that takes a 2D drawing and turns it into a 3D http://i.imgur.com/Qf8Pu.jpg model that can be viewed at all angles http://i.imgur.com/SHFSB.jpg. The client can make changes to the model http://i.imgur.com/Uslmv.jpg, and them we print out a pattern, and construct the head http://i.imgur.com/P7axj.jpg. You basically get to see the head http://i.imgur.com/QLoc9.jpg before we even start making it.   Plus, at AMAZING!! Mascots, Inc. we’re mascot fans http://imgur.com/a/BrlKK#0 and we truly want you to have the best looking, high performance, durable mascot you can afford.   Thanks to Kelly Frank from AMAZING!! Mascots, Inc. for doing an interview with us today. To see the latest mascot news, videos, and job postings be sure to “Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amazingmascots, follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/amazingmascots, and check out our new blog at http://amazingmascots.wordpress.com/


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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