The Rock Island Argus
September 11, 2005 9:54 PM
Print publication date: September 12, 05
Relationships: a bird's eye
When human relationships go awry couples seek a counselor. When
the couple is a human and a pet bird, they call in Ken Globus,
otherwise known as "The Bird
Mr. Globus will turn the most cantankerous of birds into gentle
creatures at the Quad Cities Parrot Society's Bird Fair 2005, set
for Sept. 18 at the Milan Community Center, off U.S. 67 in Milan.
The first-ever bird fair will feature almost 20 local and regional
bird vendors, along with local and regional avian veterinarians,
said Brad Baldwin, QCPS president.
Mr. Globus, a long-time screenwriter, will give a free public
demonstration at 1 p.m. He will tame several birds -- in just
He's been using and teaching his techniques for over 25 years. Mr.
Globus has even tamed Blanche, a Panama Amazon parrot owned by
director Steven Spielberg
and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw. His talents have also been
featured in the Los Angeles Times and TV's "Inside Edition."
"It's just been a great trip, a great ride," Mr. Globus said in a
telephone interview from his Los Angeles, home. "I have never done
anything in my live that has this kind of power as far as reaching
people. People in the bird world are an unusual bunch of people.
(They're) very passionate about
He developed a calling for birds when his parents owned a tropical
fish shop in the 1980s. He started a bird shop in the corner of the
store. Back then, he learned that birds are scared of people.
It's that fear, coupled with their owners' fears, that leads to
relationship breakdowns, he said.
During his four-hour workshops, he teaches owners "to read their own
birds," using calmness and positive energy with techniques and
exercises for owners to get their relationships on track. And owners
who finally connect with their birds are often amazed, sometimes in
tears, according to Mr. Globus.
"It's almost like group therapy because we're all pulling for each
other," Mr. Globus said. "... When they turn, I feel it's a huge
gift. It's a very emotional process."
A film crew will record his talents for a documentary at one of two
workshops he will conduct in Davenport. The documentary, which has
no title yet, will showcase his work as well as positive and
negative criticism from critics, he
The first workshop will be held at the Gymnastic Spectrum, 5330
Carey Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18, right after the bird fair. The
second workshop will be
at 4 p.m. Sept. 19, at Central Church of Christ, 4800 Northwest
The cost is $100 with a bird, $50 without a bird. People who wish to
attend with their birds must attend the second workshop, since space
in the first workshop is filled.
Space is available in the first workshop for those who want to
attend without a bird. To reserve a spot, call Parrot Society board
member Kitty James at (563) 326-1769.
Community Center, near Camden Park and U.S. 67, Milan
Admission is free with a suggested $3 donation. Owners are welcome
to bring their birds.