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Eurofurence 19 - Aloha Hawaii 
3rd-Sep-2013 09:46 pm
There were a lot of hand-puppets at Eurofurence this year. I'm really glad I could meet Andy Heath and Warrick Brownlow-Pike and see the puppets from the BBC hit comedy show Mongrels in real life.
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I wore my new fursuit for the first time at the fursuit-parade in the Magdeburg zoo. The bowden-cable animatronic for the ears and eyelids works and the fursuit is the lightest suit I ever made. The normal zoo-visitors had a lot of fun at parade. I took the third bus back - 4hours walking around in fursuit were no problem at all.

The zoo is really nice. Most animals ignored the fursuiters. KayJay made the pictures at the zoo with my camera.
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I do not have any pictures of the parade - there were so many locals watching the fursuits (and making photos) the parade had to stop for some time. Some fursuiters reached their limits while waiting for the parade to move on. I stayed in fursuit for another hour - even with Laru I had no problems. Sadly I missed most of the dances - the Dead Dog Party was great.

A lot of things for the PawpetShow had to be prepared - the team had to work a lot to get everything ready. I really wish more people (outside the pps-team) would help with the preparations before EF.
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Having live background music - by the awesome Fox Amoore - works great for Kages show
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This was really one of the highlights for me - I made a lot of photos and was amazed how good the Mongrels puppets were played by Warrick and Andy.
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I think the underwater scene is something that will stay in most peoples minds. Most of the effects worked much better when we hoped. Some things failed - like the radio-controlled clownfish. It's interesting to hear people in the audience talking about the show afterwards - I think it left a lasting impression on most - there were a lot of extremely positive comments about the show.
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I liked the open ending.

The puppets could relax at the Dead Dog Party.
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I'm really glad Henrieke and Karpour used the puppet I made to build Monica (they added some padding, teeth, nose, pawpads, painted the eyes and eyelids, made a pattern, cut the fur and attached it) - the puppet is absolutely fantastic.
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19th-Sep-2013 09:14 am (UTC)
Wonderful pics.... thank ya!
22nd-Sep-2013 09:19 am (UTC)
Just added you to my friendlist- I didn't know you were active on LJ! Thanks for the report and sharing the great photos :)
24th-Sep-2013 07:05 am (UTC)
WOW!!! Mongrels!
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