After agreeing that establishing a Travelling Creative Medicine show was one way to promote her creative elixirs, Bonnie engaged Billy the Koala as one of her first ‘attractions’ and they set out. She had been reading up about the unapologetic cons who travelled the old west and decided that while she would not do anything dodgy there were things to learn about marketing from these larger than life , showy, unscrupulous folk. The truth is she, as a gregarious, flamboyant, showy Cockatoo, understood and could relate to these people. Cockatoos are famously adept at using and manipulating new tools and for being inventive.
Part traveling circus and part sales pitch, the old west shows were all about gathering an excited crowd. Many medicine shows relied on vaudeville acts, black-face minstrel songs to attract an audience. Many outfits chose to adopt a American Indian theme and explicitly touted their medicine as a secret tribal remedy previously unknown to white men.
Bonnie figured that her theme would be very different. She didn’t feel the need to make outrageous claims about her special waters, harvested from Eucalyptus leaves. The Koalas would testify to how good these were.
But where to go first and who to engage? This really was a Two of Wands moment.
Now Cockatoos are known for being among the most clever birds. They have a brain that is only the size of a walnut but the density of neurons packed into their forebrains gives many species cognitive abilities similar to great apes. Anyone who spent any time with Bonnie was well aware that when it came to intelligence she was well endowed. Unlike Billy the Koala, who she had engaged to participate in her side show events, or bumbling Eddie the Emu, Bonnie didn’t hesitate. “Lets see where that road goes” she said as pulled out a sombrero from the Crone’s Wagon to shade her eyes.
A small band struck up a marching tune and while Duncan was not overly happy about being asked to carry a lot of Bonnies stuff he grudgingly obliged.