Clown News Letter
November 29, 2006
Are you still full from Thanksgiving? The day was perfect for me. The celebration began with several bowls of Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries cereal during the morning parades. Next, off to the in-laws where conversation and libations filled the afternoon. The traditional feast of our forefathers crammed the table and then our bellies. The day ended with time in the shop building a new magic prop that has been on my drawing board for several years. The prototype has lots of bugs to work out but the concept and construction techniques demonstrate the feasibility of reworking the prop for future stage presentation.
When I was single, my holiday shopping usually started and finished on Christmas Eve. Getting married got me more organized and we would try to finish before Thanksgiving. Four children later, a full performance calendar and family activities has, in recent years cause Christmas shopping to last several days past December 25. However with the aid of on-line shopping, an organized wife and an unexpected day off, we are now done. Merry Christmas may now commence.
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QUESTION for READERS to ANSWER
Clowning is a celebration of childlikeness. Do you have a favorite holiday memory pertaining to you, your clowning or both? What stories have you lived that could be put in a book called Rubber Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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Contents of Clown News Letter issue 405
1) Multiple Questions
2) Sharing Book
3) Sign me up
4) Balloons (2 stories)
a. Stick to your guns
b. Loaves and Fishes
5) Chanukah Material Requested
6) QUESTION for READERS to ANSWER
7) Website Dilemma
8) Websites to Surf
a. Websites added this issue
b. Websites from past issues
9) Santa Clause Jokes
10)On-Line Clowns in the News
1) Multiple Questions
Hi, Toby, I met you at TNT camp in Toccoa this summer, and you left a HUGE impression. I attended your marketing class, and I'm working on the business of clowning. I've joined some agencies until I get my own going and am using the clown name "My Pal Penny", but I need a generic name. I don't want to use the word "clown" in the title, because I hope to start my own agency in a year. "Party Animals,"" Copycats" and "All Star Entertainment" are the agencies I'm working with, and have put out local flyers; have landed some birthday parties and festivals through them, and am working on pictures for a website. I have a lion's head bunny rabbit after I saw Bill Gillespy's at the SECA convention. I was a teacher for a while; then a college recruiter. I'm working on Ms. Claus for daycares, but my long-term goal is to present self-esteem programs about bullying to elementary schools, maybe as fund-raisers?
First, do you have any intriguing ideas for a name? Second, what is your best means of advertising? Third, is it better to cold-call day cares or phone them? Third, what to you think about the fundraisers for elementary schools? I was a speaker for a short while, and presented team-building programs to schools and businesses called "Conquering Communication", where I dressed-up volunteers in the caricature of their personality styles.
I'm thinking about doing that again, but in clown this time.
I have thought about some names like "Acting Up"," Charade"" For Laughing Out Loud", but it has to be appealing to adults looking for birthday parties as well as business people.
I took your suggestion about taking money up front, and it has been working great!
I respect your opinion very much, and I appreciate your time
(Toby note: Since Penny’s questions were directed specifically towards me, I took on answering a few. Feel free to add your answers. That is the strength the Clown News Letter offers; a large tool of talent to draw opinion, experience and expertise from. )
Happy Holidays and may your celebration of the season is festive!
I hope the HUGE impression I made can be fixed? The last huge impression I made by tripping over a rug and crashing through the drywall at my brother's house.
do you have any intriguing ideas for a name?
I like Acting Up. It conveys acting, moving forward, a bit fresh yet not snotty.
If you hope to expand past clowning it would not be advisable to include clown in the title as you wisely see. If you plan on expanding into representing other entertainers you could use Agency, Booking Company or Entertainment as in Acting Up Agency.
We do business as a DBA the Funny Farm. That covers about all our endeavors.
1) Toby KID clown
2) Toby KID comedian
3) Entertainment consultant company
4) Booking Agency
5) My wife’s vegetable garden and stand.
6) Our Laundromat
7) My writing services
Second, what is your best means of advertising?
Word of mouth has always been my best return. When a potential client calls and has heard about me from their friend or seen my show somewhere else, I don’t have to sell my self, the buyer already knows the product.
My website does not generate much business but it is priceless in closing the sales. A client can look at my site when I have them on the phone to see what I am/do/done.
www.tobykid.com will receive some overhauling the first quarter of 2007. We are approaching some new clients and we want to showcase our actual products (the shows I perform as a clown) more than the fact that I am a clown. This new organized site should be better at generating business, we hope.
I have never been a big fan of yellow page ads. Some have success with them but most of what I got was calls for a kinky clown. A yellow page is a shotgun approach. I like target shooting.
However, I think a Yellow Page ad is priceless if you are in the Birthday Party business. Some of our fellow readers could give you great ideas on this.
Direct mailing, ads in a trade magazine, or appearances at showcase venue has been my most successful advertising efforts.
Third, is it better to cold-call day cares or phone them?
I’ve never tried this so am unable to give you sound advice.
Third, what to you think about the fundraisers for elementary schools?
Sounds interesting. That is an important issue at most schools these days. You could be tapping a new idea into an old market.
I bet some of the CNL readers will offer quantities of additional information for you.
2) Sharing Book
hi love the web sites. been looking at some of them fro inspiration. I wanted to see if any one would be interested in doing a sharing book. If you wanted to send me a magic routine, skit or fun ideas you do at shows I would love to put a book together and send it to the people who added to it. I would charge for whatever it cost me to print and ship. please email at msmatchthe email@example.com if your interested. www.mismatch.us carol
3) Sign Me Up
(Toby note: It is so exciting to add folks to the CNL group. Every person brings a unique perspective on clowning to this format. We hope to learn from you all.)
Please subscribe me to your newsletter.
I was one of the Alley leaders this year at TNT in August.
Do I remember correctly at camp you said that you email a clown newsletter? Please add me to your email list.
Thanks, and Keep Smiling,
Please sign me up for the newsletter
I have not gotten any newsletters since we changed e-mail addresses. Please add me to your list. You do such a great service for all us clowns by keeping this newsletter alive. Thank you for all your hard work.
Please change my e-mail address as I have done Hi-tech
I would like to subscribe with this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gainesville, FL 32610-0405
(Toby note: Mary, you may want to check out Dr Molar. You can find his web site in the list below. )
(Toby note: Excellent use of the adults in story two! This technique will be added to my repertoire for a gig or two this summer.)
a. Stick to your guns
I frequently do balloons voluntarily for fundraisers and vacation Bible schools. Locally we have a lot of chili suppers, carnivals, etc. to benefit families with critically ill children, walkathons, etc. Recently I participated in one at a Nazarene church. Several boys came up asked me if they could have swords or guns. I responded that I couldn't because it was against the preacher's policy. They looked around and didn't see any preacher. They also told me that they didn't go to church there.
Again, I responded, very gently, of course, that their grandma was renting the fellowhsip hall and kitchen from the church (or perhaps rent free, I don't really know) and it was still the church's policy that we do not make any guns or swords.
They huffed and puffed a bit and asked me how I knew so much since I didn't go to church there either. I was able to get a brochure from the church's bulletin board and invite them to next summer's Vacation Bible School.
b. Loaves and Fishes
A note about that Bible School: The first time I did it, they asked me if I could make balloons for 250 kids. "Sure. How much time do I have?" About 10 minutes on the last day.
"Ohhhh. What's your concluding scripture? " The feeding of the 5,000 with the loaves and fishes.
I asked to be let in the church's kitchen as soon as they unlocked the door that evening and to get me every big garbage can in the church. I blew up about 300 balloons and took the garbage cans out onto the lawn. They introduced me and I reviewed the story and the week's activities and made announcements about the church's upcoming events.
Then we all sent outside and made a giant circle of kids with a smaller circle of grownups and teenagers inside this circle facing the kids. Everyone got a balloon. I demonstrated how to make a fish with just one twist of the tail and a stretch of the nose. The adults made theirs and then helped the kids they were facing make their own. Everyone went home with a fish! Total time, about 10 minutes. Whew....
5) Chanukah Material Requested
Hanakkah and Christmas Material needed:
I have my several xmas shows lined up and I'm looking for material with a Christmas/Holiday theme. I will be dressed as an elf/Santa's helper for the first time, as opposed to a clown.
I also need material for a Hanukkah show. I do this one annually, but really need specific material if anyone can help. If you respond in the newsletter, please also cc to my email address so I can get it more quickly. It's coming up fast! Burkropp@comcast.net
Thanks, Rachelle (aka Tickles)
(Toby note: Check out the last few issue of the Clown News Letter. Each issue contained Chanukah material.
How aobut some of you out there? What is your favorite Holiday gag, gimmick or trick? Writing it down and send them in.)
6) QUESTION for READERS to ANSWER
Have you ever arrived at your gig and discovered you had forgotten something? Maybe you forgot to glue on your nose, left your magic rabbit at home or discovered your props have been unexplainably not loaded into the car. What did you do?
a. Make Up, Nose & Props
I have over the years forgot a couple of things.
Once my clown nose and no one noticed or said a thing? Heck I didn't even know it until half way through the night.
One time on a travel trip I forgot my clown make up case but luckily I keep a touch up kit in my car that got me through the week...
I have once or twice forgot magic props but you can always improv and do without a bit of business, especially fun if you don't know it is missing until the moment you reach for it LOL!
Great question can't wait to hear what others have forgotten.
Keep up the good work I hope you have your van back good as new!
b. Second Shoe
When I's leave my house, I used to always put on one clown shoe (red and white) and one red running shoe on my driving foot. This was because it wans't easy to change my shoe in the car as I had a small car at the time.
Once I arrived at a gig and realized I had left my second clown shoe at home. As there was no time to go back home and get it, I went into the party. I was about 15 minutes into my show when one of the kids finally noticed and pointed at my shoes and said "you have different shoes on". I replied "well everyone has one foot bigger than the other". Got a chuckle from the adults and no more comments about my shoes.
Dave "D Jay the Clown" Lew
c. Dropping Drawers
WAAAAAY back in my clown infancy, I was shopping at a Woolworths AFTER the gig we had done that afternoon with a friend. HE had gone to another department to get something and my sister and I were in the aprt of the store where they sold mirrors.... SUDDENLY, I felt a SNAP and something unwinding and
letting GO and SLIPPING! I knew what it was, but was in complete disbelief! Could it REALLY BE, OMG NO!!! TRUST ME, right now I am heavy, around 200...BUT THEN I was MORE....like 300...I was wearing a long skirt to my ankles.....good thing, too...my undies elastic had come loose and there they were around my ankles...HUGE and no way to retrieve them except to do this funny little dance and grab them before anyone saw!
d. “Skin The Rabbit”
At my VERY FIRST solo birthday party, I was making balloons after the magic show. Two little girls wanted to "show me a trick they could do with their dressed"....I kept telling them to WAIT and I would let them show me and finally, I said "OK"....I was clearly NOT in control....new to it all, didn't know DIDDLY. They played "skin the rabbit" and took their dresses OFF and started RUNNING all over! THE PARENTS went scurrying for video cameras!!!! THEY thought it was FUNNY, two little girls ( around 4, I think) running around the party room in their panties. In this same room, the ACTIVITY table was laden with UN-iced cupcakes, PLASTIC KNIVES, PANS OF ICING AND SPRINKLES.....It was all out WAR on the poor new clown! When I reached the pinnacle of my complete embarrassment and fear that I would miss the NEXT gig that day ( walkaround for a Ringling promo at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant that was giving away signed dolls of Tammy Parrish, Jim Voglesang and Scott Linker) if I had to go home to change....When the Taxicab I had ordered honked the horn, I FLED!!!!!
e. I’m Here and My Clown Parts Aren’t
My blunder story starts on a
Sunday afternoon while I as working parties with my old partner in Atlanta. RBBB was in town and we had tickets to the evening show, but we couldn't / wouldn’t go in make up afterwards. Well ... it was also way too far to go all the way home to get cleaned up, so we used a public bathroom, and got ourselves to the show. W-e-l-l ... next day, at 9am I got a phone call from a mother asking what my arrival time would be at her kid's party. This was a two mother event, and one of the two had cancelled the show, and didn’t tell the second mom. Everything, costume, props, and balloons, were all in my partner’s van, and ths person lived 10 miles away and was not able to bring me a thing, I had ONE HOUR to get myself done up and ready. Scrounging around in old pants pockets, and such, I found EXACTLY enough balloons. And off I went to the closet to see if I could make up a costume and I did, including a seldom used wig and shoes. I used makeup supplies I had on hand, but I did not have my regular Bingo nose. I looked okay. I found some props. also seldom used and relied on some newspaper magic tricks I knew, and some things with brown paper bags, and story telling and comedy. The only reason I even went was because the mom who didn't cancel was so ANGRY that I was not going to do the party and she had not been told.
Moral of story:
It went okay ... kinda lopsided in places, but I got it done amongst the 2 moms fighting with each other. I actually heard one of them tell the other how I had enthralled the kids! LOL! Lesson learned : to this day I have 2 sets of everything, and prepare 2 costumes and stuff ....
JUST IN CASE! Having back up is a good thing! It was also an exercise in thinking on my feet!
f. Stop that Clown
Howdy!!! It's Bubee B. Bulbenik, the "B" is for "Buddee," if you haven't got a Budde, what have you got? No Buddee! So, I'll be your Buddee.
In the 80's we were stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. I was working for Jerry Hoban at Ballooney Tunes (the island's biggest clown/character agency/balloon-flower shop and balloon release record holders) . Often times, Jerry would dress me in a costume (designated by the client) and send me to their place of business. Much of the work was handing out flyers in downtown Honolulu.
So, this one morning, Jerry has me dress as Zorro, complete with mask and sword. He sends me to a downtown Honolulu boutique. The boutique owner tells me he's having this "lunch hour sale" and gives me flyers to hand out on the street. Before I leave his store, he points out the bank on the corner, and says many of the tellers are his customers. "Get some flyers into their break-room so they know about the sale," the owner said.
So, off I go to do my job. I figured I'd get the break-room covered first, and get that out of the way. I stepped into the bank, only to be stopped by two uniformed guards.
They took me outside to the mall, while two police cars arrived with their flashing lights and sirens on. They held me and questioned me. They wanted to know who I worked for. I told them I worked for Ballooney Tunes and gave them the phone number. Of course, Jerry my agent wasn't there. The manager didn't know what my job was that day. He even denied that I was working for them. (My contract with Ballooney Tunes stated I was an independent contractor and I was on my own!) After awhile, the police looked at the flyer, and called the boutique to verify who I was. Moral of the story- NEVER WALK INTO A BANK WITH A MASK (OR CLOWN MAKE-UP) AND A WEAPON.
-Steve Bissell (not Kissell)
g. Nose Runs Up
I have a fear of nose glue, so I use the string method. One day I was running late (as is usual) and quickly threw on my nose and then my wig in front of the small mirror in the dining room. I ran out to my gig at the rehab at a local hospital to help them celebrate rehab week.
After doing an hour and a half gig with them, I stopped off at the restroom. While washing my hands I looked at myself in the mirror and realized that the holes in my nose were pointing up instead of down. I was terribly embarrassed to think that I had been seen like that by all those people! I saw one of the ladies from the gathering and mentioned my upside down nose. I was wondering why no one had said something to me about it. She said no one probably knew that it wasn't supposed to be that way.
I took off the wig and then took off the nose to put it on correctly. But while putting the nose back on, the string pulled out! Thankfully I always painted a little nose on "just in case." I went to a nearby quilt shop and used one of their needles to repair it.
[Aside from the story: I have stopped wearing a nose and just paint one on because: 1. It's more comfortable; 2. Kids kept wanting to pinch my nose; and primarily 3. I don't get as many compliments as to "what a pretty clown" I am when I'm wearing a false nose!]
Thanks, Toby, for the great work you do on the newsletter! I really appreciate what you do.
Marcia "Charity" Lightsey
h. Big Red Nose
As I was rushing out the door heading to my clown gig everything was fine. I did a mental inventory; show kit, balloons, driving instructions, etc. Everything seemed fine until I reached in my vest pocket halfway there to put on my new nose. I'd used it before, and the nose putty that Jim Howle sells does a great job of keeping it on. However, this time the nose putty had evidently fallen out into my case. What to do?!? Luckily, being a quick thinking and resourceful clown I picked up a stick of Big Red gum and started chewing. By the time I reached my destination the gum was in good shape to stick my nose on for the duration of the event. A properly secured nose and, if you leaned in close, a delightful cinnamon scent! Moral: Always have a pack of gum in the car!
Sunbeam the clown
i. Missing Goose
Here in Indianapolis we have a classy clown named Kabaza. She's a hobo and almost always carries a stuffed Canada goose with her. There's a dowel rod inside that will turn and tilt its head so that he's extremely lifelike. One time when Kabaza was concluding an event, she placed Goose in the open trunk of her car while she took off her giant shoes. A child came up and asked if she was really going to put the goose in the trunk. She hesitated and said, "Of course not, he'll ride up front with me."
Ever since, Goose has ridden in the passenger seat or in the back seat of the car when Kabaza has human passengers. We recently did a visit at a nursing home and towards the end of the event, Kabaza had a worried look on her face. "Has anyone seen Goose?" She thought one of the alzheimer patients had walked off with him. We didn't remember her bringing Goose with her since she brought in our prop case. Goose was still safely belted in his car seat in the back seat of her car.
I hope this is useful. Please subscribe me to your newsletter.
7) Website Dilemma
I have recently viewed your web site, www.cottontheclown.com, that you posted on the Clown Newsletter. Although it was very informative and there were lots of pictures, I have some concerns about your statement in your magic section. You state that you never use live animals in your shows because it is "unkind and traumatic to the animals" and "(they) don't survive long when used for entertainment purposes." I then went into your photo section and found pictures of you with a live animal, a poodle that you dress up and paint pink. In my opinion, I feel that painting your dog pink is unkind and traumatic. I understand if you disagree with me but I use live animals in my shows and they are completely healthy and happy and live very long lives. I know this because I take them to the veterinarian regularly and I have had the same ones for over 15 years! I think your statement is unfair and unfounded. I'm sure you would not appreciate it if I put a statement on my web site stating that painting and dressing up your dog is inhumane and detrimental to the health and longevity of the animal. So instead of saying what you don't do and giving inflated opinions about your magic shows, maybe you should just say what you do do.
Manuela "Spunky" Markham
8) Websites to Surf
Websites added this issue
Wow what a letter!
Congratulations to both of your children! You have got to be verrrrrry proud !
It's not easy for parents or children today but you have proved it can work with love - laughter - and a whole lot of listening and understanding !
Really appreciate all of your hard work in these letters !
here is my web-site www.cjtheclown.com
please sign my guest book ! I am going to everyone’s site and if they have a guest book I will Leave my mark !
Love Cracker Jack the Clown
and I am way behind in performance, and study schedule. Someday my web master and I will ketchup.
Hey Toby- good to chat with you in Vegas-
Our website is www.2clowns.com. 2clowns.com is also the name of our business, so we get our contact information out there whenever we are mentioned in the paper or on television or radio.
My web site address is www.CharlieTheJugglingClown.com. One way that I use the site is when talking on the phone with a parent about a birthday party, I tell them they can go to my site to find a page of advice on how to make a party with live entertainment more successful whether they use me or somebody else. Frequently they will call back right away after going to my site and confirm the party. I'm also now getting more and more first contacts directly from my site.
The read of the internet is amazing. Due to my site, I hear from people around the world who are looking for more information on clowning. I never know what I will find when I open my e-mail box.
Thanks Toby for all you do for your fellow clowns! I have really enjoyed getting to know clowns from all over the world through the newsletter!
Here is my website: www.sillysallytheclown.com
Sally Shaver, Ames Iowa
In my contribution.., You'll have my Web Site URL!! :-)
My website bring all my interest, not only clowning, still in french , I always planned to upgraded to bilingual... Still , clowns have their own language! So for this reason, I ' ll translate every text before this ending year!! Hope this won't stop curious mind!! :-)
If you are coming to Montreal, Quebec , drop by!! :-)
Many thanks Toby for your work , it's always a pleasure reading this newsletter!!
Bump Some Nose!!
Piffoo , Weezy and I (?) :-)
Have you ever noticed....
Anybody going slower than you is an idiot,
and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
-- George Carlin
Please check out our new web site. We were going to have a company do it for us, but the amount of money they wanted was ridiculous. So with the use of a HTML book we designed it and programmed it ourselves. Please comment on how we can improve on it.
The web site is www.magicationproducts.com
Dave "D Jay the Clown" Lew
Harvey "Nozee the Clown" Raft
My clown website is: www.abarrelofclowns.com Thank you for including it.
Zilly the Clown
Don't forget to check out: www.MidwestClownAssociation.net
Thanks for spreading the clown news.
John "JAYJAY" Joseph
Past Chief Joey
Websites from past issues
Sara Offutt AKA SaranDipAKnee www.sarandipaknee.com
LuLu & LeRoy The Kingdom Klowns of Iowa www.clownsiniowa.com
Karen B www.sunshineentertainment1.com
Marion, Mac Pherson http://dottietheclown0.tripod.com/
Sara Offutt AKA SaranDipAKnee www.sarandipaknee.com
Toto Johnson www.totojohnson.com
Toby KID www.tobykid.com
Bill "Stretch" Coleman http://www.stiltwalker.com/
Steven Santos www.SimplyCircus.com
Additional sites to serf:
World Clown Association
Clowns Of America, International
International Shrine Clown Association
International Clown Hall of Fame
Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus
and fun activity with clown faces
Big Apple Circus
Carson And Barns Circus
Clown Resource Directory
Clowns web sites;
http://www.coppertownclown.com/ rodeo clown
9) Santa Clause Jokes
Why does Santa always go down the chimney?
Because it soots him!
(that's one of Santa's favorite jokes! *HO! Ho! ho!*)
Where does Santa stay when he's on holidays?
At a Ho-ho-tel!
What does Mrs. Claus sing to Santa on his birthday?
"Freeze a jolly good fellow!"
What do you get if you cross Father Christmas with a duck?
A Christmas Quacker!
An honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus were walking down the street and saw a $20 bill. Which one picked it up??
Santa! The other two don't exist!
What do you do if Santa Claus gets stuck in your chimney?
Pour Santa flush on him!
What does Santa say to the toys on Christmas Eve?
Okay everyone, sack time!
What do the elves call it when Père Noël claps his hands at the end of a play?
Why does Santa like to work in his garden?
Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe!
What do you call a kitty on the beach on Christmas morning?
Who delivers presents to dentist offices?
Who delivers Christmas presents to elephants?
What do you get if Santa comes down the chimney while the fire is still burning?
Why does St. Nicholas have a white beard?
So he can hide at the North Pole!
What do you call Santa when he has no money?
What smells most in a chimney?
What does Kris Kringle like to get when he goes to the donut shop?
A jolly roll!
What do you call someone who doesn't believe in Father Christmas?
A rebel without a Claus!
What is invisible but smells like milk and cookies?
Kris Kringle burps!
What did Santa get when he crossed a woodpecker with kleenex?
What does Santa like to have for breakfast?
Why does Santa take presents to children around the world?
Because the presents won't take themselves!
What does Santa use when he goes fishing?
His north pole!
How do we know Santa is such a good racecar driver?
Because he's always in the pole position!
What is twenty feet tall, has sharp teeth and goes Ho Ho Ho?
What's red & white and red & white and red & white?
Santa rolling down a hill!
What did Santa say to Mrs. Claus when he looked out the window?
Looks like "rain", "Dear"!
What's red and green and flies?
An airsick Santa Claus!
How does Père Noël take pictures?
With his North "Pole"-aroid!
Why does Santa's sleigh get such good mileage?
Because it has long-distance runners on each side!
What goes Ho, Ho, Swoosh! Ho, Ho, Swoosh?
Santa caught in a revolving door!
What kind of motorcycle does Santa ride?
A "Holly" Davidson!
Where does Father Christmas go to vote?
The North Poll!
What's red and white and falls down the chimney?
What do you call Saint Nick after he has come down the chimney?
What nationality is Santa Claus?
Why does Santa owe everything to the elves?
Because he is an elf-made man!
What goes oh, oh, oh?
Santa Claus walking backwards!
How many chimneys does Saint Nick go down?
What does Santa get if he gets stuck in a chimney?
What would you call Father Christmas if he became a detective?
Who delivers Christmas presents to pets?
Why, Santa Paws of course!
10)On-Line Clowns in the News
Comedy Brings Mum Out Of Coma
Raising Kids - London,UK
... 'The children are always looking for jokes and running around like clowns to make her laugh. It's lifted everyone. Hopefully this is the first step of many.'. ...
The Vinton Messenger - Salem,VA,USA
... clearly on a roll. "Here is a picture of my parents," Myer says, pulling a photo of two clowns out of her pocket. You start to see ...
No joking: Holy Name Church has a clown on the pulpit
Mineral Wells Index - Mineral Wells,TX,USA
... “The circus hangs on clowns and elephants,” he said, quoting a big-top maxim. ... He isn’t one of those crying on the inside clowns. ...
For healthy living, send in the clowns
Victoria Times Colonist - Victoria,BC,Canada
There's a new program offered by the University of Haifa in Israel that, reports say, "will turn medical clowns into better caregivers and pave the way for ...
Class clowns encouraged
Hi-Desert Star - Yucca Valley,CA,USA
... twin sister, born seven years apart,” Gracie Thome, recently attended the Western Regional Clown Convention in Laughlin, Nev., with about 400 other clowns. ...
Check out http://www.clownevents.com/ for all clown events.
Announce ALL your clown related single day or evening workshops, alley meetings, jams, picnics or any others clown related events you think may be of interest to others.
List your public performances or your travels so you can meet other clowns.
Avner the Eccentric Workshop
January 4-7, 2007
Pastor Randy Christensen pastorrandy@Willmarag.org
About four years ago I was able to train and Celebration Barn Theatre in Maine with Avner Eisenberg and his wife Julie Goell. It was incredible. After clowning for more than 20 years, I guess I had forgotten how much I didn't know! Avner and Julie helped open my eyes to all kinds of performance technique, attitude, perception, and relationships and insights that I had never heard anywhere else.
Reflecting on it, it's no wonder that the man has performed around the world, and also been inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame.
So anyway, I contacted Avner to see if he was going to be up here in my neck of the woods (in Minnesota). I inquired if he would be willing to spend a few days with me and some friends to help us in our clowning. He said "sure." So anyway, some friends and I are going to train with him during the end of the first week of January (4-7th).
We are going to pay him for his time and knowledge that he is sharing. If you are interested in some of Avner's higher level of training, please let me know. I'll probably allow a few more people to come and join us. We're going to be meeting in a church facility in Minneapolis.
For more info. contact me at:
Randy Christensen, 5265 Lawler Beach Road, Willmar, MN 56201 h: 320-235-2019
Check out Avner at www.avnerTHEeccentric.com
March 16, 17 & 18 2007
$185.00 & $200.00 at door
(Day rates available)
Featuring Randy Christensen
Albert “Fool” Alter
Mary Pat McCoy
Nomadic Theater Co.
Cha Cha the Clown
Boomer & Snicklefritz
& Angel Ocasio
3 Days of intense clown workshops and performances.
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(This ad runs through March 7, 2007, issue 412)
www.clownevents.com - The website with (almost) every clown event. We have over 300 events already for 2006, with more events being added every week. So, take some time and check out the events listed. And with our new home page displaying events in your region, it will not take long to check out events in your area.
We are a hand-reviewed calendar of Clown Events. Most of our events are the educational events, but we have non-educational Clown Events such as the National Clown Week and April Foolery.
We add new events every week to the Calendar. And then we index the information, so that you can find 9 different ways. Send me an email if you can think of a tenth way
· Regional Calendars – three regional Calendars for Clown Events in a geographic regions
· Subject Calendar – Several subject Calendars (subjects such Balloon, Magic, Puppetry, Juggling)
· Year long list – a list of all the events for that year (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
· 60 days – a list of events in the next 60 days
· New Events - a list of the latest 25 events added to clownevents.com
· All Events – a list of all of the events in the calendars
· Previous Events – a list of events from last year
· Clown Schools – a list of 30 Clown Schools from around the world.
· Locate by State – A map where you click on a state and see the events located in that state
As we started to add all of the events, that we found, our single calendar over-loaded. So we have split the single calendar, up into multiple calendars. And then we added some events that are not strictly Clown Events, but are ones that a Clown would want to know about. Such as Puppet festivals, Magic workshops or Balloon jams.
If you do balloon art, you should check out the Balloon Events calendar. Or if you want learn about magic, check out the Magic Event calendar. And for more information on Clown Events, checkout the three regional Clown Events
But if you still want to see all of the events check out the 2005 Events List web page, it has every event for 2005, we know about - From National Clown Week to Twist & Shout to the COAI Convention (and lot's in between).
Or search our www.clownevents.com to find an event for you.
P.S. You should think about attending one of the clown workshops or clown schools in Europe. You should consider locations other than the UK, since English is the working language for several courses that are not in the UK.
Airline fares to Europe are cheaper in the fall and spring, than in the summer. This could be a nice tax deduction for your Clown Business. And you would be a better clown.
(This ad runs through July 26, 2007 issue 423)
WCA’s 2007 Convention
THINK OUTSIDE THE ICE BOX
March 11-15, 2007
World Clown Association
Meet Pat Lay Wilson, Administrator for WCA
Pat takes care of the WCA membership and insurance. If you have a membership need or an insurance question, please contact her. 1-800-336-7922 or email@example.com
You can also go online to the WCA web site www.worldclownassociation.com
Pat is in the WCA office every work day and answers the phone with an eagerness to solve your problems or answer your question. Pat has 8 years of experience as the WCA Administrator. Pat will be in Fairbanks, Alaska for the annual convention registering you! Come and receive your once in a lifetime anniversary patch. March 11-15, 2007
Jr Joeys (ages 5-15) $100 at any time
All other registrations
Postmarked prior to November 15th – rate of $110
Postmarked prior to January 15th – rate $130
Postmarked after January 15th or at the door - $140
Room rate $65 per night for single/double occupancy
There is a $10 charge for additional persons
Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge
Toll free: 800-426-0500
Check out www.explorefairbanks.com
For more information contact the convention chair:
Mayron Jackson 801/967-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phyllis Sheffield 281/489-9336 or email@example.com
(This ad runs until March 21, 2007 issue 413)
Great Clown Adventure: February 19 – 22, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV
- - Fun and educational convention set at Circus Circus Hotel
- - Unique and clown-friendly competitions
- - Lots of performance opportunities
- - Classes for every skill level
- - Fun, Fun, Fun!
Staff: Tricia Bothun (“Pricilla Mooseburger”), Harry Allen, Joe Barney, Ed Chee, Leo Deselites, Duane Laflin, Mark Renfro, Terry Ricketts, the Circus Circus Clown Alley clowns, and more to be announced!
Cost: $230.00 – Includes education, early-morning workshops, late-evening jams, fun social events, four meals (2 breakfasts, post-parade lunch, and awards banquet), all-day beverage service (Mon – Wed), access to the Staff Show and Dealers Room. Does not include lodging.
Must be 17 years of age to attend. Register by phone: 320-963-6277 or online: http://mooseburger.com/Register.
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