Avian Flu affects Magician's Business
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to tell you an interesting and, in my view, very funny story.
I am a Magician based in Maple Ridge who performs for all ages. I have had a very dry run on shows lately and then I received a phone call a few weeks ago
that was just the icing on the cake. It was a call from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency. I was surprised to hear from them. I asked what they
wanted, and they asked me if I was “Norden The Magician”. I replied I was. They asked if my website was
www.magicshows.ca and I replied yes. They said
until recently I had been advertising on my website that I do a show with “Rufus”, my chicken. They said when they went to the site the other day this
information was not there anymore. I replied I had removed it.
Their next question was a funny one. They asked me what had become of the chicken. They had been told of my show (probably from a past client) and this
hilarious routine I perform with a chicken. This information was probably passed along innocently enough but ended up in the hands of a detective-like
government worker. He checked out my website and saw my web page about “Rufus”.
He had a concern that with the Avian Flu that my chicken would be classified as a “back yard” chicken and not a pet, therefore it might be subject to being
culled. He further explained that I would have to cease and desist from using “Rufus” in my show as traveling around the Lower Mainland with a possibly
infected bird was insanely hazardous. He asked if I had done any shows with “Rufus” recently. I replied no, that due to the Avian Flu people were not too keen
on booking a Magician and a chicken. I spent months developing my chicken act and now this Avian Flu has ruined most of it and now he is phoning to tell me
they have to kill my chicken too?
He apologized and said he was happy that I had not been performing with him. I replied that it is a shame people are so misinformed about Avian Flu and if
people would just listen and not just hear the word “chicken” and go running away I might be able to book some shows. He agreed that it was getting a little
out of hand. I said yes, it was. You see, “Rufus” is a RUBBER CHICKEN. Fake. Artificial. Make believe. Phoney. Pretend. Fictitious. Not real.
I advised him my webpage was down until I could update them with pictures of Rufus to assure people I was not
spreading the Avian Flu. He laughed nervously, apologized, and hung up. Anyone need to hire a Magician and a
Norden The Magician