The event business has its share of lore, including some horror stories. Here are two that stand out, both of which fall under the maxim of "never work with live animals." An automobile company was launching a new car to a large live audience. The actual reveal of the car would be The Big Moment at the end of the event. As the car arrived on stage, music would play, confetti cannons would shoot, balloons would be released, spotlights would ballyhoo, and dozens of live doves would be released to fly around the high ceiling of the convention center.During the afternoon rehearsals, the live doves were packed tightly into cages that were then hoisted up to the very high convention center ceiling. They'd be hidden from view by the lighting trusses until they were released as part of The Big Moment.
Things didn't go quite as planned. The afternoon rehearsals went long. The show started late. The executive speeches went long. And all the while, those poor doves were in those tightly-packed cages up by the very hot lights.
When the Big Moment finally arrived, the new car hit the stage, the music swelled, the confetti swirled, balloons flew everywhere . . . and dozens of dead doves dropped from the ceiling onto the attendees seated below. People were horrified. People were sickened. The client fired the production company on the spot.
And one more . . .
For a big distributor meeting, the CEO of a beverage company got it in his head that he wanted to start the meeting by riding in from the back of the hall to the stage . . . on a camel. Many tried, but no one could talk him out of it. So, a camel was acquired.
Between the afternoon rehearsals and the evening show, the camel was tied up in a hallway off the kitchen. Clever camel that he was, he somehow found . . . and ate . . . several boxes of cabbage that were stacked there.
When you take a camel and add a LOT of cabbage, there just can't be a good outcome. And sure enough, as the CEO rode the camel in through the back of the house and down the center aisle of the audience and...well let’s just say… the whole audience had to be cleared.
Thinking about working with live animals? You might want to reconsider . . .