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Who is Katy Perry's falconry instructor? Also, what is the term for falconry with owls? These are the first questions that might spring to mind after watching the wild ballroom fantasia that is Katy Perry's latest video, "Unconditionally," in which, among other things, she launches an owl into flight.
She also gets hit by a car and has her bed catch on fire, which, as she explained on Twitter are metaphors for the subject of the song, which is falling in love unconditionally:
Yes, unconditional love sometimes feels like being hit by a car... Or being on fire... How does it feel to you?— Katy Perry (@katyperry) November 20, 2013
"Unconditionally" is the second single from Katy Perry's album Prism, which came out earlier this month. The video overall is best described in terms splashed across a movie trailer for a sweeping romantic drama set in Victorian England or possibly Prussia, like "grand" and "beautiful" and "passionate." Directed by Brent Bonacorso, it premiered on MTV and features gowns by Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Wes Gordon, according to Katy Perry's Twitter.
But back to the important issue here: Falconry. Owls. An intriguing combination. Here's what falconry website Wingmasters has to say about it:
Owls are not considered good candidates for falconry birds because they are adapted for hunting in darkness, when the falconer is unable to see the hunt. Two species, the American great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) and the Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo) have been trained by modern-day falconers to take gamebirds and rabbits and squirrels, but in general owls are hard to train.
Hard to train? Psh, not for Katy Perry, who has the powers of mystical prisms at her disposal. She'll unleash an owl on you with more fury than a hangover from last Friday night. She'll send that noctural raptor hurling into the skies above your dramatic ballroom romance faster than you can say Jane Austen. More like Jane Awesome, for how awesome any Victorian scene is made by Katy Perry training an owl. Anyway, there's snow and dancing and some part about a family that doesn't really make sense too.
Check out the video for "Unconditionally" here.