Erotic Exotic Ball putting its clothes back on

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Exotic Erotic: Lucifer's ticket sales
PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BUTTNER

It's a dark day for voyeurs of Dutch fetish models, mini Michael Jacksons, and lovers of spectacular: Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo 2010 has been canceled. The reason for the kibosh on this 31-year old SF tradition? Not as many people trying to get freaky this year. This from Exotic Erotic PR perv, Christopher Buttner:

The producers site a drop in ticket sales during the pivotal final days leading up to the event, plus unexpected cost overruns, [and] operational issues as the causes for cancellation. More details will be forthcoming shortly. 

The producers would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the contractors and entertainers who worked so hard to try and make this year’s Ball an extraordinary experience. In addition, they deeply regret causing any disappointment to those fans who have enjoyed attending the Ball as a source of entertainment and celebration of personal freedom for the past 30 years.

So maybe Ticketmaster wasn't responsible for past years of the event's disappointing ticket sales after all... But hey! Don't let your whips and tassels droop, this is still the smut capital of America -- we've got plenty more sexy events to get you through this wicked, wicked week. Wait -- does this mean would-be EEB performer Ancilia Tilia needs a date this weekend? Get on that.

 

Comments

The writing was somewhat on the wall in 2008 when they moved the EEB to Treasure Island touting more freedom with the venue, and that of course was an EPIC FAIL. The bus charters that everyone was told about didn't happen leaving many freezing in a parking lot in mission bay, searching for taxis or just deciding to drive to Treasure Island and the ball itself was simply a failure because lets be very real here...people don't go to the Exotic Erotic Ball for a greater number of caterer options, erotic vendors or personal choice of security, or for greater freedom with lighting, etc etc.

For a while now Perry Mann and his staff have been focused on making the ball "bigger and better", when the truth is, that it doesn't need to be be bigger and better, because bigger and better is not the story of what the ball is about...PEOPLE are. Perry should remember that the Exotic Erotic ball started off as a house party, a group of close people that grew in years in a spirit of revelry where the venue expanded for the people, not the venue expanding to bring in people. If you want the ball to be better, make it costume only, weed out those who just want to stand on a wall and harass or simply have no intention of being part of the party. Find smaller venues if need be, but for far too long it gets made to be about the facilities, the food, the amenities...its not a resort...its one night, to party. People actually like the bleachers, people don't much care for the third tier musical acts, or the million booths with products nobody is going to buy, because usually nobody has a pocket for a wallet. Have the performers, have a band or too, but stop with the elaborate decorations, sound shows, light shows, yachts, scenery, we don't buy a ticket to the ball for that, never have.

I hope the ball can live through this but i have my doubts. Treasure Island was a failure, and now this, which is catastrophic on a PR and financial basis. If there really were only 2000 ticket sales well that was well known before the 24 hour mark, and maybe this announcement should have come 3 weeks ago, especially since tickets kept increasing in price and not decreasing. So now there is no ball, and while tickets are being refunded what about the costs people will not have refunded, like hotel reservations, rental cars, and airfare, and its not like people are staying in San Francisco for the weekend another unfortunate circumstance of this venue change this year. People instead are in Emeryville and in Richmond, and whether its 15 miles or not, its still not like staying in San Francisco or near the airport as in years past. So while vendor contracts will either be honored or defaulted on (who knows) everyone is going to likely lose in this.

Will there ever be another ball? what trust can there be, that if there is one, that the same won't reoccur due to over speculation based on a bottom line? For years and years i've gone to the ball, and every year its supposed to be bigger and better and truthfully it hasnt, its been fun, but what it needed to be bigger and better was never the location or food, and each year it really only became clear that bigger and better was about how big the profit might be or was envisioned. You'd hope that if it continues they find a way to bottle some of the folsom street fair and bring it inside, but right now i fear lawsuits and lost faith may end a 30 year run. Lets hope not but time will tell, and maybe a variety of courts?

Posted by Guest Rob on Oct. 22, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

This sucks! We never got notified til word of mouth just now, 9pm on the night before event! There goes $240 out the window for the hotel...Could Perry Mann have canceled this and notified all via ticket sales a few days ahead? SOB!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 22, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

They're credibility is shot. We were sponsors and exhibitors of tonight's event showing off our books, novelty coloring books such as The Big Coloring Book of Vaginas. There is NO WAY we would sink another $1200 in fees to EEB as well as the almost $10,000 in additional preparation and product we spent for this event. Nevermind the countless hours and sleepless nights my business partner and I have spent in anticipation of taking our tiny little publishing company into the next level.

We found out on our way to the pavilion and when we were there we spoke to a lot of angry and frustrated vendors and customers who way there is no way they do business with these people again. We spoke to some ball-goers of ten years or more who don't think it's going to happen again...

Posted by Big Book Alt Press on Oct. 23, 2010 @ 9:01 am

Hey everybody! We just set up a website www.ourownball.com to figure out what to do tonight. Also, if you were supposed to go to the ball and are now SUPER BUMMED, you can share your story under Gripes. The show must go on! Let's all find a party tonight!

Posted by Big Book Alt Press on Oct. 23, 2010 @ 11:24 am

I set up a blog for everyone upset with the EEB to vent. It would be beneficial for a community to unite in one place. Maybe a new event will evolve from this.

eebdebacle.blogspot.com/

Posted by Guest on Oct. 23, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

"Not as many people trying to get freaky this year" - What's wrong with people nowadays... Stop crying over your foreclosed home, lost retirement savings, etc. and go out an get some! ;)

Posted by SF Sex Toy on Oct. 23, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

Before leaving the Bay Area, girlfriends and I attended the ball many times, from the SF concourse to the Cow Palace. I agree that there were way to many gawkers and not enough folks participating. These are the people who brought down the EEB not the management. Those a-holes made it difficult to freely enjoy the party. Stick the cameras and your little grubby hands up your own ass! Hopefully Perry Mann can get on track and revive the tradition next year with one requirement-that every body comes in costume (or lack thereof)

Posted by Kevin on Oct. 24, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

Dissapointed would be putting it mildly! My wife and I have tried to attend this event for more than 5 years. This year we were able to get the time off and travel from Washington to the Bay Area with expectations of a great weekend spent at the ball. While shopping at a local store to finalize our costumes for the event we heard the news that it was cancelled.
After spending almost $2000.00 for costumes, tickets, travel, hotel, food, and car rental we are very frustrated with the decision to cancel at the last moment.
If Perry Mann should decide to try again with the EEB, I will be amazed if anyone shows up. There is no faith that this won't happen again.
Class action lawsuit anybody?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 30, 2010 @ 11:01 am

In about 9 months there should be a bunch of little Perry Mann Mr. Hankey's out there - Because we all just got Butt-PHUCKED

Refunds aren't happening, and disputing it thru your CC isn't going to work for most of us that purchased our tickets early.

I hope he does try to have another event. That way i can show up and kick him in his gigantic ballz. They guy must have big ones to pull this shit. !

Posted by Tori on Nov. 03, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

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