Wow! That is all I can say about reaction to my fox mask at Scarborough Renfaire and Ikkicon, a Japanese anime convention in Austin, Tx. in February. At Ikkicon, I spent about 4 hours in the mask and costume, I had my picture taken about 200 times and received hugs from 50 ladies, many in Sailor Moon outfits or some other anime character, it was a lot of fun.
Now, about Scarborough Renfaire, the fair started on the first week in April, the 5th and 6th, I attended both opening days, I have several fox puppets from Folkmanis puppets, I dress them in reinassance clothes and walk around entertaining children and adults. I am dressed in normal reinassance garb for this, in the afternoon, I went out to my vehicle and changed into Alfonse, I got alot of nice reactions as I walked into the main gate, and then proceeded with a slow walk through the faire, pausing to have my picture taken, both with children and adults. The best reaction I have received is from the cast of Scarborough faire, they are totally amazed by the costume and mask. In the late afternoon, I participated in a class that teaches various court dances of the faire. Then, the faire does 4-5 court dances in a large field, those that know the dances are invited to attend, this includes cast members and patrons. Imagine the look on the faces of the patrons when a Fox wearing a blue vest and a white shirt walks onto the field to dance with the various ladies of the court! Many of the ladies love to dance with me, they know me as the "guy with the puppets", but now they know me as Alfonse.
When I first showed up as Alfonse, there were some of the cast members that told me they figured I was the one under the mask, and the mask and costume looked great. Many can not help themselves but to touch the chin and muzzle and feel how soft the fur is, and the surprised looks when I open the mouth is priceless. On Sunday the 13th, a lady of the court approached me while I was standing under a tree and slowly caressed and petted my muzzle and cheeks, while talking to me in a soft voice on how I looked and acted around the people around me. I met her a few hours later in the faire and she asked me who I really was, when I told her I was usually walking around with fox puppets, she instantly reconized me. Many cast members and visitors to the faire love it when I show up, but sadly I will miss the next weekend of the faire, however, since the faire runs until the end of May, I will have plenty more chances to dance with the ladies.