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The New Calliope

Meet Your New!

COAI PresidentGlenn


“Hail to the Chief” blared out of an iPod for Glenn Kohlberger

when he walked into the Krackerjac Clown Alley’s June

meeting in Florida. It was the alley’s way of congratulating the

wordsmith clown known as “Clyde D. Scope” for being elected

as the new COAI President – or should we say Prez E. Dent.

Glenn “Clyde D. Scope” Kohlberger likes taking words, like kaleidoscope,

and having a little fun with them. It’s part of his clown shtick. So basically, our

new Prez admits to twisting words around! Knowing this, we thought we’d

better do a little digging to see what other dirt we could find on him. First, we

checked out his Facebook account: He has “The Official Seal of the President of

Clowns of America Int.” (with a red-nosed seal) picture proudly posted on his

page with clever status updates. We found him all over Google: He has his own

clown business website. He’s posted printable online coloring pages, and he can

be found in newspaper interviews and more. And lastly, we searched specifically

for photos and tracked down two pages worth of photos of him clowning around

all over the United States.

Brace yourself. This is what we

concluded: Glenn keeps up with the

times and is serious about being

funny. With no information

to be found for mud “pie”

slinging, The New Calliope

sat down with Glenn to

learn first-hand a bit more

about him as a person, as

a clown, and as our new


Glenn was introduced

to the clowning world by way

of his musical background. In the

70s, he played the trumpet in a band

and incorporated fire magic into his act.

He joined a magic club, but found that the

magicians he spoke to didn’t want to share their

secrets. A friend then invited Glenn to Clownfest in

New Jersey. “It was there that I met people sharing their

craft, doing comedy magic, working together with ideas and

going out of their way to help fellow clowns. It was all that I could

have ever wanted and quickly embraced a lot of new friends.” It was

there that his clown was born.

By Lulu Mire

Glenn grew up in brisk New York where he developed his comedy

whiteface clown, Clyde D. Scope. He joined COAI in the early 80s and

built his own clown business. In 2004, he moved to sunny Florida. Open to

July/August 2012

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Your COAI Officers



Glenn Kohlberger

4155 Torres Circle

West Palm Beach, FL 33409

(646) 210-2238 (C)

(561) 687-1126 (H)



Exec. Vice President:

Michael B. Cox

9415 Alameda Ave.

Richmond, VA 23294

(804) 270-1165 H

(804) 337-6143 C



Catherine Hardebeck

6027 Deerwood Dr.

St. Louis, MO 63123

(314) 481-6808



Paddee Embrey

PO Box 747

Stayton, OR 97383

(503) 767-2503 H

(503) 949-3077 C



Merilyn Barrett

PO Box 574781

Orlando, FL 32857

(630) 222-3377



Teresa Gretton

3411 Lisa Circle

Waldorf, MD 20601

(301) 843-8212



Sue Marranconi

670 Cullum Street

Meadville, PA 16335

(814) 336-5213



Tom King

405 24th Street West

Huntington, WV 25704

(304) 542-6408 (C)


Alley, Region Support:

Toni Dufrene

1500 W. Esplanade Ave. 6B

Kenner, LA 70065

(504) 812-9003 (C)

(504) 469-4740 (O)


Director At Large

Pamela Bacher

3019 Smiley Rd.

Bridgeton, MO 63044

(314) 291-2048





Bill Le Blanc

2 Dee Jay Road

East Bridgewater, MA 02333

(508) 378-1545


North Central:

Judy Quest

715 North 36th Street

Omaha, NE 68131-1906

(402) 551-4185



Albert Alter

5848 S.E. 18th Ave.

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 231-8576

altered @europa.com


Bill McGinnis

617 Revere Ct.

Sykesville, MD 21784-7644

(410) 596-2644



Georgia Morris

4234 Woodworth

Holt, MI 48842

(517) 694-7100




Kent Sheets

4375 St. Clair Ave. W

N. Ft. Myers, FL 33903

(239) 995-8881


South Central:

Dale Flashberg

452 English Oaks Circle

Boerne, TX 78006

(830) 331-8941



Bonita Love

4916 W. Mountain View Dr.

San Diego, CA 92116

(619) 282-9668




Dale McKenzie

867 Raynard Crescent SE

Calgary, AB T2A 1X6

(403) 273-9047 (H)

(403) 606-7750 (C)


Latin Countries:

Angel Morales

24 RR5 Jardines de

Caparra, Bayamon,

PR 00959

(787) 565-3205



Lee James

Amsel Weg 10

49191 Belm, Germany




Business Office

Newton Studios, Inc.

Tom Newton


P.O. Box 1171, Englewood FL 34295-1171

(941) 474-4351 • 1-877-816-6941

Fax (941) 474-8317


The New Calliope:

Newton Studios, Inc.

Tom Newton


370 W. Dearborn St., Englewood FL 34223

(941) 474-4351 • Fax (941) 474-8317



COAI Website: www.coai.org


Bylaws and Rules: Mike Cox,

Cheri Venturi and Cleon Babcock.

Clown Week: Bob Gretton,

PO Box 787, Waldorf, MD 20604-0787

301.843.8212 bunkytclown@comcast.net

Competition: Cathy Mackey,

151 Route 28B, Valatie, NY 12184

(518) 784-2127 - ctots@aol.com,

Pat Roeser, Bill LeBlan & Walt Lee.

Ethics and Grievance: Albert Alter

5848 S.E. 18th Ave.Portland, OR 97202

(503) 231-8576 - altered @europa.com

Junior Joeys: Cheri Venturi, Alex

Zabrusky, James Cunningham

Public Relations: Merilyn Barrett

P.O. Box 574781, Orlando, FL 32857


Historian: Walt Lee, Jeannie Woska, Pat

Cashin and Teresa Gretton.

Good Cheer: Fred Scholsshauer,

8 Alanon St., Whippany NJ 07981

(973) 887-2617 oscarboj@aol.com

Merchandise: Glenn Kohlberger

Parliamentary Procedure Advisor:

Cleon Babcock

Regional Ambassador Appointments:

Toni Dufrene and Angel Morales

International Ambassador Program:

Paul Kleinberger • 518-489-2680


Audio Visual Chairperson: Merilyn

Barrett, P.O. Box 574781, Orlando FL

32857, klownkop@prodigy.net

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Internat’l Senior: $35 • Internat’l Senior Renewal: $30

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The New Calliope

The New

C u A u L u L u I u O u P u E

The mission of Clowns of America International is to organize

all members desiring to pursue the honorable profession or art

of clowning and the dedication towards its advancement

and the education of its members.

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July/August 2012


President Glenn Kohlberger......3


Be Open To Advice..................17

Clowning In Nursing Homes...21

A Clown's Mirror....................38

Marketing Basics....................39

A Special Thank You...............40


Good Cheer.............................24

Last Walk Around...................25

Submitting Digital Photos.......26

Members On The Move..........28

Look Who's Reading..............31


Foto Funnies...........................46


Puppy Love.............................18

Heads Up................................22

My Favorite Magic..................27

Quick Tips...............................41


President’s Comments..............9

Election Results......................10

Educational Tool Box..............11

Clown Week............................13

CHARLIE & COTY Deadlines...14

Catch The Spirit Of Richmond.15

How To Register On

The COAI Website...............24

Gift A Membership..................32

COAI Application.....................33

COAI Application (Spanish)....34

New Members........................35

Financial Report......................36

Alley Report............................37

Setting The Record Straight...43

Junior Joeys...........................44

Editor’s Comments.................47

Ad Directory...........................47

Ad Rates.................................47

Deadline Dates........................47

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change, he lightened up his

make-up to become a Lite

Auguste clown to adapt to the

hot-climate environment.

Growing up he wanted to

be a teacher. While putting

himself through college for

a degree in music education,

he worked at the United

States Postal Service. When

he graduated, he realized

he could make a better

salary at the USPS than he

could teaching in the school

system. So, he stayed with

the postal service but shifted

into teaching as a managerial

instructor. As Glenn puts

it, “Working there was the

perfect model for training to

be a clown, same job just a

different uniform. LOL. To

this day I am still teaching,

but now it’s about how to

have fun.” Glenn continues

to teach, but now on clown

education. He has taught on

the local, regional and

national levels – and

even on a cruise ship –

covering various aspects

of clowning. He also

attends on the upside

of ten conventions a

year, keeping him well

informed on the latest

trends and activities in the

clown world.

Glenn has held many

leadership roles, from

being the band president

in high school to

managing a 7-time world


women’s tournament

softball team. He’s held a

kaleidoscope, if you will,

of clown leadership roles:

Krackerjac Clown Alley

President (2006 – 2010);

COAI South East Regional

Vice President (2008 – 2010);

Kentucky Colonel (2010 –

present); COAI Sergeant-At-

Arms (2010 – 2012). Glenn

also received the COAI

Editor's Choice Award in

2012, assisted on the COAI

website over the past couple

of years and has written

articles for The New Calliope

since 2006.

He’s dedicated to COAI.

After all, to him, “COAI

is the premier clown

organization. Its membership

is made up of all walks of

life, all levels of knowledge

and all kinds of talents. The

members are willing, and

look forward to sharing their

gifts with children of all ages.

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So to me, COAI represents everyone.

And what better thrill could anyone ask

for but to represent EVERYONE.”

It is the duty of the president and his

board to represent the organization’s

membership. Commenting on the new

board, Glenn shares, “I look across the

room and see a combination of history,

experience, youth and energy. It is this

combination that will be the driving

force of this board. You need to know

where you have been to chart a course

to where you need to go. You need to

understand the past in order to avoid

pitfalls in the future. And you need the

energy, talent and vitality of the newest

members to be fearless in our approach,

vibrant in our step, and willing to enter

into the new and fresh.”

As the COAI President, Glenn

plans to focus on strengthening the

membership, bringing more excitement

to our organization and activating open

channels of communication. He wants us

to remember what brought us to COAI

in the first place. He wants the members

to share with the board what they want

and need out of the organization. “Our

membership is the heart and soul of the

organization and the sole reason we

exist.” As Glenn puts it, we members

can take ownership in the path COAI

will take into the future.

Glenn feels he can truly make a

difference as the COAI President, yet

he knows that change won’t happen

overnight. More importantly, he knows it

shouldn’t happen overnight. With a well

thought-out plan and appropriate timing,

change can be effective.

“Any time a new president takes

office it brings change. Change is

never easy nor is it fun; it meets

with resistance and gets some folks a

little scared. I would like to promote

teamwork, but not just in words. I want

our boardroom to be a safe haven to

try out ideas, a place where members

can give their opinions without fear of

being ridiculed or dismissed. All ideas

bring merit and sometimes they will

spur other thoughts and conversations,

which develop that idea into a better,

more polished team-driven solution

that everyone is on board with. This is

the environment I want to create and

think we need. So I look forward to this

opportunity and feel I can give COAI the

best chance to succeed in the future.”

Glenn is ready to amp up the

excitement and participation of COAI

in all aspects, including conventions,

elections, and alleys. Currently, less than

10% of our membership participates in

conventions and just 17% participated

in this past elections. The board is ready

to listen to what you want. Are you

ready to communicate to them and make

COAI stronger? Paraphrasing a famous

uncle of ours, Glenn says to us all, “I

want YOU … to be involved.”

We are an international organization

and we’re ready to dive into the 21st

century, so we can build a strong

future for those that will

follow in our clown shoe


Glenn and the COAI

board have already hit

the ground running with

ideas on strengthening


reaching out to

alleys; reaching

out to clowns;

reconnecting; reviving;

re-energizing; tightening

the budget and creating

new revenue; evolving the

conventions; introducing new

publication formats; creating

educational webinars and

DVDs; promoting

supplemental websites

and resources; and marketing our

wonderful organization.

Glenn truly is an open-minded leader

who’s with the times, knows when to be

funny, knows when to be serious, and

knows how to blend funny and serious

(funnious) into his leadership so we keep

having fun while continuing to improve


We need to keep moving forward,

so it’s fortunate that our new president

also has a deep passion for parades! He’s

paraded all over, from Texas dirt roads to

Macy’s on 34th street. Think of Glenn’s

presidency as the grandest parade of all

– and he’s asking us to march alongside

him. Be excited, COAI members, and

let’s start cheering in this parade!

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President’s Comments

by Glenn “Clyde D Scope” Kohlberger

My fellow joeys, I would like to

begin by thanking each and every

COAI member who took the time to

get involved in the election process. It

doesn’t matter how you cast your ballot,

your voice is essential and it is powerful.

I was impressed with the energy and

excitement flowing from the membership

during this election. It is this same

energy that I would love to instill and

cultivate across the entire organization.

We need to excite our base, energize our

membership and revive the enthusiasm

that brought us all to COAI in the first

place. You are the foundation upon

which COAI is built, the sole reason we

exist and the crucial organ in the body of

the organization. YOU are COAI. And to

paraphrase Uncle Sam, “I want you … to

be involved.”

I would like to give a special thanks

to Alley 6, Kolonial Klowns, for their

assistance in our election process.

Coming from Florida I can appreciate

the importance of being able to count

votes in an accurate manner. There were

no ‘hanging chads.’ Ann Sanders, Tim

Laynor and the gang once again did a

fantastic job. COAI is lucky to have

their continuing service. I would also

like to thank Pam Bacher for her years

of dedicated service to COAI, and look

forward to continuing to work with her

in her new role as Director at Large.

To those leaving the board; Cheri,

Albert, John, Pat, Vivian, Kent, Dale,

and Candy, you will be missed and

hard to replace, but each of you will

continue to be COAI members and I

hope you will be very active in that role.

Our membership is our most important

asset and vital to our future. To the new

members of the board; thank you in

advance for stepping forward and giving

of your time and talents to help move

this organization forward in a time when

‘volunteering’ may not be the first word

on our lips. We welcome you with open

arms and hope that you will quickly feel

at home with your fellow board members

and systems. To the board members

who will be staying; Thank you for

your continuing efforts to serve our

members and I do hope many will step

into leading roles as committee chairs,

because you are our most experienced

officers on the board. If we all work

together, with unity as our final goal, we

will do more than just succeed, we will


I want everyone to feel that this

board will be a safe haven for ideas,

thoughts and suggestions. I want us to

feel comfortable enough to say whatever

is on our minds without fear of ridicule.

I plan to reach out to members who are

not on the board to share their ideas,

listen to their thoughts and concerns

and be open to creative and opposing

viewpoints because the only way to

succeed in these times is to include all of

our members. Together we build our path

to the future.

I will be revising all appointed

committees, chairs, and positions

including all standing committees to

insure that we are best utilizing the

talents of our new board. I want to

thank everyone who has served or

chaired a committee; COAI appreciates

your dedication and efforts. If anyone

has an interest in being appointed to

a committee or chair, please send me

an email with your area of interest to

soundsfunny2me@aol.com. I will be

announcing all the new appointments

in the near future. Thank you again for

being a vital part of the future of COAI.

Change is never easy, but very

necessary for growth. How many

changes have you made to your own

clown character to improve it over

the years? As the new board members

acclimate to the changes on the board,

we will be addressing changes within

the organization as well. The internet

has changed our world forever. We now

live in the information age. For years

we have been operating as a “club”

which may have worked in the past,

but in this economy and at this time

we must either embrace technology or

simply watch everyone pass us by. We

are an international corporation, with

responsibilities to all our members across

the globe, responsibilities to

keep things fresh, interesting

and ahead of the times.

The members have put their faith

in us to run this organization. Now we

must be forward thinking but realistic

in our actions. Understand that we are

not trying to make sweeping changes

but instead thoughtful and well planned

adjustments that can give us the best

chance to succeed in this economy and

in our world today.

I hope you are finalizing your plans

for this year’s Clown Week, August

1-7. Make sure you take lots of pictures

and don’t forget those proclamations

which are so important for those who are

competing for the Charlie Award.

Are you putting those pennies,

nickels and dimes together so you can

be “Catching the Spirit of Richmond” at

the COAI Convention April 16-21, 2013

in Richmond, VA? It will be hosted by

our oldest active alley, Virginia Alley #3.

It looks like it is going to be a Spooktacular

event and one you won’t want to

miss. So look for updates at www.coai.

org as we go along.

Don’t forget to check out the

information on the membership drive

which runs from now until New Years

Eve. Please read Teresa Gretton’s article

on page 11. Alleys - it’s a great time to

run a clown school.

And finally I would like to recognize

all clowns no matter what organizations

they belong to and the independent

clowns who have yet to find a place that

fits their needs. We are one big clown

family, some distant cousins, some ‘in

step’ sisters and some brothers from

another mother. But the one thing we

all share is the heart of a clown and

a love and understanding of people

through clowning. Let’s put that first and

foremost in our minds and in our actions.

Let’s build a Community of Clowning

and all work together for the future. Now

let’s go out and have a happy and safe

International Clown Week.

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Here Are Your New COAI Officers

Executive Board

President, Glenn Kohlberger

Vice President, Michael B. Cox

Secretary, Catherine Hardebeck

Treasurer, Paddee Embrey

Sergeant-At-Arms, Merilyn Barrett


Membership, Teresa Gretton

Education, Sue Marranconi

Conventions, Tom King

Alley, Region Support, Toni Dufrene

Director At Large, Pamela Bacher

Regional Vice Presidents

Northeast, Bill Le Blanc

North Central, Judy Quest

Northwest, To Be Appointed

Mideast, Bill McGinnis

Midwest, Georgia Morris

Southeast, To Be Appointed

South Central, To Be Appointed

Southwest, Bonita Love

Canada, Dale McKenzie

Latin Countries, Angel Morales

International, Lee James

These are your COAI representatives. When you have questions, ideas, problems and concerns with

COAI please contact these dedicated members. They are ready, willing and able to serve you.

Their contact information is on page 4 of every New Calliope magazine.

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The New Calliope

Building An Educational Tool Box

by Teresa Gretton

Director of Membership


Your Board of Directors

has been busy working on

many ideas and suggestions

to build an even greater

organization for the best

members in the world. The

building blocks are based on

the three Rs (recruitment,

renewal, and retention).

Since education is a huge

part of COAI’s mission,

it stands to reason that

clown classes should be the

catalyst for enticing new

members to join. If YOU or

your alley offer instruction

regularly or once in a great

while or are contemplating

it for the first time, you will

definitely be interested in

the opportunities that will

be forthcoming.

A new membership drive

is in effect until December

31, 2012. Every member

has a great opportunity to

extend their membership by

two months when they sign

up a new FULL Member.

Family members registering

as a Family Membership

($17) are not eligible.

Family members registering

as Full Members do qualify.

If you sign up six new Full

Members, you would have

extended your membership

by a whole year. Don’t

forget to take advantage of

the gifting.

With the start of a new

board, inventive ideas are

already flowing as to what

COAI can offer you or your

alley with your teaching

needs. Tools are essential.

One of the most effective

toolboxes COAI has to offer

is the “Clowning Basics”

book. It is packed with the

best tools to guarantee a

successful clown creation.

What could be better

than the “Clowning Basics”

book? How about excellent

package offerings to help

with recruitment of not

only students, but new

COAI recruits? Imagine

even more tools tucked

into these packages—if

you will, a “school in a

box.” Perhaps, the box

could contain giveaways,

additional incentives,

COAI certificates, forms,

discounts, invitations, and

more. What tools do you

use in your classroom? Are

you willing to share them

with the membership? If

so, please contact me at:

gretton@verizon.net or

(301-843-8212). You can

also drop me a note at my

address on page 4.

Consider International

Clown Week, August

1 – 7 as a great time to

recruit new alley members

through alley participation

in many public awareness

appearances. What a great

opportunity to bring new

people into the clown

world through classes

that you or your alley can

conduct. Your COAI alley

could benefit greatly. Keep

in mind that every new

member you instruct can

be a new addition to your

COAI alley. It can and has

been done in Florida where

an instructor recently taught

clown students and created

a new COAI alley from

these students. Have you or

your alley thought about

teaching new clowns? No

time like the present to

get started.

If every member

of your alley were

to bring in one new

member, think just

how much stronger

your alley and

COAI would be.

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International Clown Week – August 1-7

by Dale Flashburg

South Central RVP 2010-12

It is not too early to start thinking

about ways to promote International

Clown Week, happening August 1 – 7.

It is the same dates every year – just so

you won’t forget it.

Although opinions do vary as to

who first had the idea for a clown

week, or who first started petitioning

their congressmen for a proclamation

to make this a celebrated week, clowns

everywhere are glad it came to pass.

History has shown that there was a

humble beginning to this celebration

in the early 1950s, but on October

8, 1970 the House and the Senate

approved the proclamation and sent

it to the president for a signature into

law. On August 2, 1971, President

Nixon signed into law that August

1 – 7 shall be known as International

Clown Week.

The first paragraphs of the

proclamation that President Nixon

signed, read:

“Whoever has heard the laughter

of a child or seen sudden delight

on the face of a lonely old man has

understood in those brief moments

mysteries deeper than love.

All men are indebted to those who

bring such moments of quiet splendorwho

redeem sickness and pain with

joy. All across America good men

in putty noses and baggy trousers

following a tradition as old as man’s

need to touch gently the lives of his

fellowman, go into orphanages and

children's hospitals, homes for the

elderly and for the retarded, and give a

part of themselves. Today, as always,

clowns and the spirit they represent

are as vital to the maintenance of

our humanity as the builders and the

growers and the governors.”

Clown groups take this opportunity

to educate their communities about the

art of clowning as well as entertain at

local gatherings. This is a great time

for your clown alley to raise funds for

local charities, or just promote their

alley and themselves.

I encourage you to go to your local

mayor or official and tell the official

about International Clown Week. Ask

them to help promote the week with a

proclamation. I live in a small town,

Boerne, Texas and my mayor gives

me a proclamation every year. He

always has his photographer on hand

to take the photo of him reading me

the proclamation. Give your official a

clown nose.It's fun to have him read

with his clown nose on. Of course, that

picture never makes it into the paper,

but he does take his nose off and that

picture will run in the local newspaper.

My alley, The Jolly Joeys Clown

Alley in San Antonio, Texas, receives

a proclamation from the mayor every

year. These proclamations are then

proudly displayed when the alley

performs at the local Witte Museum –

the museum makes this their headline

event for the day and it is published in

their magazine and on their website.

This is great publicity for

the alley as well as for

clowns around the world. So, make

sure you have those extra clown noses

handy for the first week of August

and share in the fun and laughter for

International Clown Week.

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Below is a photo of the Clown Week

bumper sticker COAI has purchased.

It is red with white letters. If you are

interested in purchasing one, contact

Merilyn Barrett at:



See the COAI merchandise ad

on page 42.

Editor's Note:

Be sure to take photos of your

Clown Week activities, proclamations

and wearing your clown shoes to

work. Write a description of your

photos (I can't properly describe your

photos) and send them to me at:



Mail them to:

New Calliope

C/O Newton Studios

370 W. Dearborn St., Ste. B

Englewood, FL 34223

When sending digital photos,

please be sure to send in

high resolution files.

July/August 2012 Page 13


Clown Of The Year Nominations Are Due Sept. 1

Excellence In Clowning Submissions Are Due Sept. 1

Lifetime Achievement Nominations Are Due Oct. 1

Charlie Submissions (Alley) Are Due Oct. 1

Charlie Submissions (Individual) Are Due Oct. 1

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The New Calliope

Catch The Spirit Of Richmond

by Sandra “Strawberry”

Winstead, Convention Chairman

Wow! Let me first say I

attended the convention in Kansas

City and had a great time. What an

awesome job the Northland Clown

Guild, Alley 217 did putting on

a convention. It was educational,

entertaining and fun. You have

given our alley such a high

standard to follow.

It certainly doesn’t feel like it

has been almost five years since

we did this. You “Raced into

Richmond” last time and now we

want you “Catching the Spirit of

Richmond.” In case you haven’t

figured it out the theme of the

convention is Halloween. There

will be lots of ghosts, goblins and

spirits to inspire you.

We have a costume party on

Friday night but it is “Come as

you are NOT” which means NO

clowns allowed. That would be

cheating. As much imagination

as there is in our group I can’t

imagine what we will see. Tuesday

night during the vendor show we

will also get to see a performance

by Barry Mitchell, a one-ofa-kind

magician. On Wednesday

night I hope we will be taking

a trip out to tour the Haunts of

Richmond. Or if you prefer, we

will be telling ghost stories at the

hotel. On Thursday night we will

have a show that includes Dave

& Dana Hill, Chagy and our

very own VA Alley 3 performers.

That should be a great night of

performances and fun. Our Sunday

service will be led by Chagy so

plan on attending that as a way to

say goodbye.

So far we have a terrific line-up

of vendors and lecturers. For those

of you who face paint we have

the ultimate team – the Wolfe

Brothers! I couldn’t believe we

were lucky enough to get them but

we were. They will be teaching

three classes and in the vendor

room painting faces. They will

not be selling any product but that

just gives them more time to paint.

We also have Sharon Hodges as

a face painter. If you went to the

convention in Houston you saw

her there and hopefully remember

her as a great face painter in her

own right. Visit her website at

www.yourenchantedface.com and

check her out.

We also have Chagy. He is

so much fun and high energy.

Chagy teaches clowning skills

as well as ministry. Visit his

website at www.chagy.com to

see what he has to offer. We also

have all the other vendors that

you love, Bubba, Peachey Keene,

Cherri Oats, Spears Shoes, Tom-

E-Boy, Dave & Dana Hill, Mr.

Rainbow, Priscilla Mooseburger

and Sunshine Costumes. Our very

own “Hugs,” Karen Robins, will

be teaching balloons, Dilly Dally

will be teaching storytelling and

Bob and Teresa Gretton will be

teaching. That is not all. I am still

working and have lots of time to

make this line-up even better!

We have worked to keep prices

reasonable. Register now and

get your best price at $175. We

are at the same hotel as 2008. It

has been completely renovated.

Rooms are just $89 a night for up

to 4 people and all rooms include

a refrigerator and a microwave.

If you were not at our 2008

convention, the hotel is near lots

of shopping and restaurants. The

alley will once again be providing

transportation to and from the

airport for a nominal fee. We will

try to provide daily transportation

to department and grocery stores

to assist those who do not want to

rent a car. More on this later.

One last thing, we want to have

a photo op during the convention.

There is a clown shirt currently

available that has a clown picture

and says “That’s A Clown

Question, Bro”. This was actually

something quoted by Bryce Harper

of the Washington Nationals when

asked by a Canadian reporter if

he was going to have a drink in

Canada. Bryce is currently the

#1 rookie in baseball. If we order

this shirt in bulk we can get a

discount from $17 to $12 each,

regardless of size. Go to www.

sportscrack.com view the shirt.

We have included a line on the

registration form for you to order

a shirt that you will receive when

you get to the convention. We will

let you know when and where the

photo op will be. We want to get

at least 100 people with this shirt

in the photograph. A portion of

the proceeds go to the American

Cancer Society so help us out and

support a cause!

We have an outstanding

convention planned for you so we

expect to see you “Catching the

Spirit of Richmond” with us in

April 2013. For the most current

updates go to www.coai.org and

click on conventions and you will

be taken to our website.

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July/August 2012 Page 15

Even Clowns Have To Deal With Fraud

by Deanna Hartmier

Recently I was contacted by email

to do a party. After requesting more

information, I found out the event

was to be held in another Province. I

then informed them I was located in

Manitoba and could suggest another

performer. By this time red flags were

coming to mind that this could be

fraudulent. I have had the unfortunate

experience of dealing with another

fraudulent situation. So I knew what to

look for.

It appears that these unscrupulous

characters are now targeting our

profession. I was informed enough to

verify and not be caught.

Fraud, do you know what to

look for? What do you need to do to

prevent a fraudulent situation?

Here are some things to look for:

• Incorrect spelling or grammatical


• Email is sent to undisclosed


• Willing to pay up-front with bank

drafts / money orders.

• Requesting for your personal

information, full name, address

and phone number even before all

information is negotiated.

Are you unsure if it is fraudulent?

Check with the authorities. I am sure

there is a website and phone number

for each country to report scams. A

quick search on the internet will

bring up a multitude of available


To report suspected fraud in the

US, contact: The Inspector General's

office at 1-800-447-8477, www. oig.

hhs.gov or fraud/report-fraud.com.

In Canada contact Phone Busters at

1-888-495-8501 or check the website


If you receive bank drafts/ money

Orders etc, verify with your bank

indicating you believe they may be

fraudulent before you deposit. Money

orders will be sent for more than was

requested. Unsuspecting people will

cash them. The perpetrator will cancel

and ask for you to send the money

back by means of draft / money order.

(It can take a month for a fraudulent

draft to be caught). Thereby cashing

the bad draft, refunding with your

money, makes it legitimate for them

and no way to get your money back.

Once the drafts/money orders are

confirmed fraudulent. Take them and

all email information to the police.

Don't get caught! Be Fraudulent


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The New Calliope

Be Open to Advice

by Jim “Soapy” Dixon

Wow! First place in the

Single Skit, and Tramp/

Hobo makeup division!

What an honor. Eighteen

years ago, I wouldn’t

have believed it. What

made it happen this time

and not all the other

times I have competed in

these COAI events? Was

I really that much better

than I was just a few

years ago?

What happened is I

discovered a secret that

I already knew, but was

always too vain, and

immature to implement.

That secret is so

simple to say, but so

very difficult to practice.

It is simply to be open

to all advice. Allow

me if you will, to share

the process that I went

through leading up to

the convention, and it

hopefully will become

clear that this win was not

as easy as one may think.

I am the first to admit

that I am not a naturally

funny clown with an

encyclopedia of stage

experience and deep

knowledge of tramp

makeup. But what I DO

possess is an extensive

list of friends who fit the

bill. That’s worth more

than its weight in gold.

1. Late January: I

Started writing the

skit and calling

clown friends from

around the country,

running ideas by them

for input. Through

this process, I got a

ton of material that

eventually ended up

in the final product.

2. The second Tuesday

in February: I

Started taking a

weekly clown class

from a fellow clown

friend majoring in

theater. Also attending

was my former

mentor, and another

man that would

eventually become

my group skit partner.

Each night at the end

of the classes they

were willing to allow

me to show them

what I developed,

and critiqued me - at

times quite harshly.

This was six weeks

of constant directing

by three people who

had strengths in very

different areas.

3. Cell phone video:

Probably the most

beneficial of all was

video that I took

every weekend to

see for myself what

I was doing, wrong

or right. Some of

the early videos are

too unbearable to

watch now, but that

ability to see what

was happening on

the stage to fixed the

perception of what

my mind thought was

happening on stage.

Perception and reality

are often different.

4. Self (at home)

practice: This is

my skit. There was

a scene (a very old

Vaudeville one) where

I lit a candle with

a match, and then

when I blew out the

match, I accidentally

blew out the candle

along with it. What

the audience didn’t

see was all those

Sunday afternoons

that I spent lighting

matches in my living

room and calculating

the angle so that I

couldn’t fail blowing

out the candle. The

first few Sundays of

practice left my house

reeking of sulfur, but

that changed when a

friend suggested not

striking a new match

every time, but to use

a lighter to relight lit

matches in order to

practice airflow.

The point is, I listened,

I considered, I tried it out,

and decided whether it

was good enough to add

or not. People are walking

computers of knowledge.

Every suggestion was

given consideration, but

not every suggestion was

good. Just because you

seek advice and direction

doesn’t mean you have to

use it. Talent sometimes

lies in the gathering and

implementation (or nonimplementation)

of that

material for the finished

product. So if you take

anything away from this,

it should be … Ask, listen,

consider, decide, and then

enjoy the accolades.

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Here is the timeline

for the skit competition


July/August 2012 Page 17


How to twist a heart

using a 260 balloon

and they called it …


Inflate a 260

balloon leaving

a 2” tail. Twist

the balloon in

the middle.

Mr. Rainbow


David Bartlett

Photos by

Tim “Sawdust” Laynor

Wrap the balloon around

your hand and squeeze.

(This technique

requires practice to

get the proper shape.)




of Durham, North

Carolina, has been

clowning professionally

since 1981.

He is known world

over as a renowned

balloon sculpture artist

and designer. He is

also an accomplished

writer, lecturer, singer,

songwriter, award

winning actor, and


The pressure

on the balloon

causes it to

bend, forming

the top of the


Page 18

Twist a small

bubble on the end

of each side and

lock twist together

The New Calliope

To attached a four

legged balloon

animal inside the


Simply wrap the

un-inflated portion

between the legs of a

balloon animal.




Once the balloon animal has

been attached to the heart, feel

free to share your favorite love

song with your audience.

and they

called it

puppy love ...




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Page 20

The New Calliope

Clowning In

Nursing Homes

by Karen Bell

One of my great joys in

life is clowning for seniors.

But I remember the first

time I was asked to work

in a nursing home. It was

for the birthday celebration

of an 85-year-old woman.

As requested, I did a short

show followed by balloon

animals. When I left I

was very frustrated with

my performance; I had not

realized that half the people

would not be able to see me

and the other half would

not be able to hear me! The

only time I felt I was able

to make a connection in

my performance was when

I was visiting each senior

while sculpting the balloon

animals. It was not my best


Several years later I

was invited to work for

Circus Sarasota’s Laughter

Unlimited program. Here

I was given the chance to

work, on a daily basis, with

seniors in nursing home

facilities. My learning

curve was steep as I

maneuvered my way around

the homes of many an old


After the initial shock

of the sights and smells

associated with a nursing

home I realized that the

most important factor was

the friends I was meeting.

As I started to learn more

about each individual, their

humanity, all that scary stuff

around me melted away.

The people I was visiting

were not old people in a

hospital environment but

enchanting friends with

amazing stories and lives.

I began to look forward to

my visits because it was

a chance to see these new

found friends.

What also helped was

the knowledge passed on

to me by people like Jackie

LeClaire and the dedicated

volunteers; Dawn Kraegel,

Pat Newton, Scott Gregory,

Skip Land and Marjorie

Nolan, who are the heart

and soul of the program and

who had been working in

the facilities for years before

my appearance on the

scene. They introduced me

to the staff and seniors. By

watching them visit, play

and perform for the clients I

was able to see what worked

and what did not.

My favorite person to

work with is Jackie. He has

such a way with people; full

of charm, grace and humor.

What I noticed when doing

room-to-room visits with

him is that it was not about

telling jokes and performing

so much as being present

and open to whatever the

seniors wished to talk about.

Jackie’s vast knowledge

about towns across the US,

due to his days touring as

a clown, was an advantage

because he could say

something specific about

the places most people had

lived. When telling a joke

or singing a song it was

Karen Bell entertains the residents in a nursing facility.

not, “ok, I am now going to

perform for you”, but part

of the visit.

Reflecting back on

my first performance in a

nursing home I now realize

that I would have been more

successful if I had playfully

engaged my audience

rather than performed

AT them. There is a fine

line between performance

and engagement. As a

clown you are expected

to perform, but the truth

is most seniors living in

nursing homes need a

lighthearted friendship more

than a performance.

In the recent past I have

had the pleasure of teaching

my best friend and partner,

Robin Eurich, to work in the

nursing home environment.

I did not need to teach him

the technique of clowning

or connecting to people,

he has years of experience

there, but how to take those

skills and fine tune them for

this special environment.

For those of you who do

not know Robin, he is quick

witted and charming. But

his quick wit got in the way

as he would talk too fast

and move quickly from

one topic of conversation

to the next. As he learned

to slow down his speech

and stop entertaining (he

kept saying to me ‘I am

not doing anything!’) he

started making meaningful


His physical movement,

knowledge about many

topics and his singing voice

are his best assets, not the

jokes he can tell. It is fun

to watch the women melt as

he doffs his hat. The staff

giggle as he dances in the

hall and the family members

stand back and smile as he

brings his own special joy to

the seniors. Oh, he is doing


Clowning in a nursing

home is a very special skill.

Remember to leave your

performing ego at the door

and be open to the moment,

and think about what the

senior is looking for in the

visit. When done well there

is a sense of ease and grace

about it, it is a form of

gentle clowning. Now get

out there and spread some


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July/August 2012 Page 21

y Ann “Tuttles” Sanders

Photos by Tim “Sawdust” Laynor


Looking for a trick that is quick to master

and can be performed almost any timeany

place? Don’t just sit there! Go get

three coins and let’s get started!

The Set Up

Begin by telling your audience you will get all three coins face up by making exactly three

moves – no more, no less. Add that each move will involve turning over two coins.

Begin by arranging

the coins as shown.

Note: The center

coin is face up. Do

not point this out to

your audience!

Move #1: Turn over

the two coins on the left.

Move #2: Turn over

the coins on the ends.

Move #3: Again

turn over the two coins

on the left. Mission


The Challenge

Before challenging an

audience member to

repeat the trick, turn the

center coin face down.

Again, do not

mention the

coin’s position to

your audience.


you ask;

because the trick

cannot be done

without the coins

starting off in this


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The New Calliope

*Coins are not the only

objects you can use to

perform this trick. In

this example, we’ll use

drinking cups.

Set Up

Whether you use coins, cups, or

glasses, practice the moves until you

can perform them quickly. This will

help prevent your audience from

figuring out that the real trickery is in

the starting position of the objects.

If you should happen upon a super

observant person, who exposes

the truth about how the moves are

accomplished, be prepared with a

comical comeback line.

Move #1

To make the trick appear more difficult

than it is, try crossing your hands when

you make the second move. Adding

showmanship to your presentation will

turn this simple manipulation into a

real attention grabber.

•If you don’t have the space, you can

omit the second example. I included it

to show you can use other objects.

Move #2

Move #3

The Challenge

July/August 2012 Page 23


How To Register On The Website

• Log in to www.coai.org and Click on “Register”

• Fill In your Username, First Name and Last Name

in the spaces provided.

• Next screen, choose CURRENT MEMBER

• Continue, filling out all the pertinent information.

• In the billing section, put a 0 in for family

members. If you have family members, have them

register after you. In the comments field please

note who your family members are. Select “Bill

Me” - you will receive a bill for $0 (because this

is an automated system, we need to get your profile

information without you being charged.)

• Once your submission is approved you'll be

able to start working on your profile preferences

and exploring our site.

• For more information on registering, see your

January/February 2011 New Calliope or call the

business office: M-F, 9-5, EST.

Our Good Cheer List

Please take a minute and spread a few words

of cheer with a card or note to one of

our less fortunate members.

Ms. Jackie “Lollibells” Garner

418 Sharmain Place

San Antonio, TX 78221-1846

Dr. Dave “Sneezer” Hoffner

13728 Greenwood Ave. N, #012

Seattle, WA 98133

Barbara “Patches” Nichols

504 College Place

Kingsville, TX 78363-4901

Betty Schultz

8300 NW Barry Road, Apt 238

Kansas City, MO 64153

Frank “Famus Fumbles” Recor

C/O Crystal River Health & Rehab

136 N.E. 12th Ave., Room 19N

Crystal River, FL 34429

Sissy Womack

2602 Maplewood Road

Richmond, VA 23228

Roland “Rolo the Clown” Wood

60 River Road

Edwards, NY 13635

Fred Schlosshauer,

Good Cheer Chairman

8 Alanon Street

Whippany, NJ 07981



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The New Calliope

Last Walk-Around

Doris “Sparkle”


Doris “Sparkle” Leonard,

88, of Worcester, MA died

peacefully at her home May

7, 2012 under the loving

care of her family. She was

born in Fall River, MA,

grew up in Worcester, and

moved to West Boylston

to raise her family. She

was predeceased by her

husband of 47 years, John

H. Leonard. She leaves her

three children, Gail Turner,

Robert Leonard and Linda

Isgro and her husband Peter

Isgro; five grandchildren,

Michelle Hart, Sherry

Rotondo, Sheena Toscano,

Anthony and Nadia Isgro;

five great-grandchildren,

Camden and Brandon

Hart, Brianna and Michael

Rotondo, III and Mason

Toscano. She also leaves

her loving companion of

21 years, Ralph Herman

and her wonderful friend

Richard Smith.

Doris graduated from

Commerce High School

in 1942. She served as a

second class petty officer in

the Nay during World War

II. She was employed as a

bookkeeper for 64 years,

retiring from Lane, Greene,

Murtha & Edwards at age

83. She was a recipient of

the Special Congressional

Recognition Award for

outstanding and invaluable

service to the community.

While an employee of

the Rockwell Sprinkler

Company, she won The

Army-Navy Production

Award for Excellence in

War Production.

Doris brought joy to

so many children's faces

with her gift of clowning.

She was an active member

of Clowns of America

international and Alley

20, for 20 years She was

treasurer of Alley 20 for

more than 10 years. Doris

has placed Top 3 in COAI's

makeup and costume

competitions, Top 10 in skit

competition and top 10 for

her beautiful face painting.

Doris will be missed by

many of her fellow joeys.

She leaves her big shoes for

us to fill.

Bump a nose Doris…See

you down the road.

Johnny “Joel” Lee

Johnny “Joel” Lee,

magician, puppeteer, and a

great clown passed away at

the age of 99 years young,

just shortly after his birthday

party. Jonny joined Clowns

Like Us in 1998 and worked

right up till his heart attack

in 2011.

Johnny was a retired

tool and die designer from

Cleveland Graphite Bronze.

He served two enlistments in

the 9 th U.S. Naval Reserves.

Johnny enjoyed outdoor

sports such as snow skiing,

fishing and sailing. He

and his wife were both fly

casting champions of NW

Ohio and also Commodore

of the Whit City Yacht Club.

They raised and showed

champion brittany spaniels.

After retirement they moved

to North Port, Florida where

he soon became involved

with clowning classes and

graduated as a Comedic

White Face. After becoming

a clown he learned balloon

sculpting and mastered 30

different types of balloon

animals. Did I mention

Joel was blind? His

blindness occurred after

his move to Florida. He

made sure that every child

received a balloon on his

cruises, church, school and

restaurant gigs.

When Johnny was 14 he

found a book on magic and

began to learn magic tricks

in Cleveland.

“I never had a trick go

wrong,” he said. He

worked on a cruise ship as

a magician and received

standing ovations for his act.

Johnny never charged

for his 45-minute shows at

churches, schools, nursing

homes and hospice. Johnny

at the age of 99 could tell

stories that would make any

one young or old hang in till

the finish. He also at the age

of 95 started to learn to play

the harmonica and went on

to entertain the residents at

the assisted living, where he

spent his last year.

Johnny never complained

and was always ready to

help teach his magic and

puppetry at clown classes.

The children of Florida and

the Clowns Like Us will

truly miss this amazing guy.

If a clown close to you has passed, we would very much like to honor that clown with his or her last walk-around.

You can submit your Last Walk-Around obituary and photo to: NewCalliopeEditor @comcast.net

or you can snail mail to:

New Calliope Magazine

c/o Newton Studios,

370 W. Dearborn St, Suite B, • Englewood, FL 34223.

If emailing, please be sure to send a high resolution photo.

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The New Calliope


by Kent Sheets


You should always be

prepared to perform a

trick anywhere you go.

I’d like to call your attention to

an easy magic trick that can be

carried in your wallet or purse.

You may already be familiar

with this trick, since it is listed

in many magic books. If you

don’t have any of those books,

you can find it at your local

library or on the internet. The

trick goes by various names

like compass or direction

arrow. You can purchase

this trick or print your own. I

had my printer make several

thousand for me. I use these

squares as business cards

and give them away after I

demonstrate the trick.

The Trick: A flat square with an

arrow printed on the front and back

sides. The back side is printed at 90

degrees of the arrow on the front.

By rotating the square at opposite

corners, you can make the arrow

appear to go in the same direction.

By rotating the square at the other

opposite corners, you make the

arrow appear to go first in one

direction, then the other direction.

The Secret: While you tell your

story, you rotate the square, using

opposite corners of the square.

(Rotate square using corners A and

C) The square flips from front to

back always pointing in the same

direction. As you continue to tell

your story, you switch the corners

you are using to hold the square.

(Switch hands to corners B and D,

while rotating) while continuing to

tell your story and rotate the square

using the opposite corners, the

arrow flips in one direction, then in

the other direction. (Hold the square

parallel to the floor at all times, and

practice.) (See pictures)

My Story: “Excuse me, have

you seen my antique compass? It

is very old, used before Columbus

discovered America.” (Hold compass

up, showing it is flat.) “See? It is flat,

just like everyone though the world

was back then. Because of its age,

sometimes I have problems with

it. Let me tell you how I got here


“When I left my house, I was

told to take a right turn out of my

driveway.” (Compass is displayed

to the right.) “At the first stop sign,

I took a right turn.” (Compass is

displayed to the right.) “At the

first stop light, I took a right turn.”

(Compass is displayed to the right.)

“When I came to the next street,

I took a right turn.” (Compass is

displayed to the right.) “Do you

know where I ended up at?” “Yes,

After four right turns,

I was right where I

started from in front

of my house.”

“Then I

remembered the

correct directions”

(Switch corners, one

hand at a time)

“When I left

my house, I was

told to take a right

turn out of my

driveway.” (Compass

is displayed to the

right.) “At the first

stop sign, I took a left

turn.” (Compass is

displayed to the left.)

“At the first stop light, I took a right

turn.” (Compass is displayed to the

right.) “When I came to the next

street, I took a left turn.” (Compass

is displayed to the left.) (As you

turn, left to right, the square,

showing the is arrow pointing up)

“Then I pulled straight in here. Here,

maybe this can help you find your

way around!” (Smile, while handing

them the compass.)

Enjoy & have fun!

Ka-Yo The Clown 995-8881

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Ka-Yo The Clown 995-8881



Ka-Yo The Clown 995-8881



y Tom “Tom E Boy” King

Did you ever want to run

off with the circus? Well I

did, kind of. I am running

in front of the circus.

In March of this year I

joined Cole Bros. Circus

as their Advance Clown

or as many call it “The

Goodwill Ambassador.” I

travel one week ahead of

the circus and do goodwill

visits in hospitals, school,

museums, preschools and

any other places a Cole

Bros. Circus marketing

director can come up with

for me to visit. I have done

television commercials,

radio interviews and

television interviews so far

in the three (long) months

on the road. I have posed

for hundreds of pictures

and met many interesting

people. Shoot, I’ve even

made a balloon or two!

And many of you know

how good I am at balloons.

NOT. No one seems to

mind my lack of ability in

the art of twisting bubbles.

I hope I make up for my

deficiencies, with funny!

My big adventure

started out in Deland,

Florida during the same

week as Daytona Bike

Week. This offered a

challenge with just finding

a room. Problem solved

by staying just outside

Orlando, giving me a

45-minute drive with heavy

traffic. My first day in

Deland I did three clown

shows with all of the circus

watching. If they had not

liked me I guess I would be

home now. So far so good!

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Day two was interesting

because I visited Cole Bros.

Circus winter quarters.

There was something

going on everywhere you

looked. There was lots of

painting, scraping, building

and welding. The crew was

making everything look

brand spanking new. I was

introduced to the circus

owner, John Pugh and some

of the others folks working

on the grounds.

My next stop was

Brunswick, Georgia. This is

one beautiful area to visit;

I especially like St. Simons

Island which could very

easily become my second

home. It was in Brunswick

that I got to do my first radio

interviews for the circus.

Over the next few days

I worked in Florence and

Ladson, South Carolina.

On these visits there were

several television and radio

interviews as well as a visit

to one of the largest flea

markets I have ever seen. I

had my first visit to a Piggly

Wiggly supermarket in over

35 years! I also enjoyed

the sandy shore of Myrtle

Beach and a visit with my

old friend Ron Conley of

Conley’s Magic. Ron has

had some health issues

and was out working and

enjoying life. It was good to

see him back in the saddle.

I continued through

North Carolina, Maryland.

Pennsylvania, New Jersey,

New York and I am now

working in Connecticut.

Plymouth, Massachusetts is

next. Then we will turn and

start back to Florida.

On April 30th with the assistance of Patriot Guard Riders I

was allowed to visit “wounded warriors” at The Walter Reed

National Military Medical Center. I made this visit as the

Goodwill Ambassador for Cole Brothers Circus. While there,

free circus tickets were given to the soldiers and their families.

We had lots of laughs with magic, balloons and just plain old

being silly. One soldier asked for a quick magic lesson. After

learning sponge balls and the workings of a change bag he

was excited to take his new “toys” back to his quarters to

share his new talents with some of his friends. We found most

of the people, patients and staff to be in high spirits and with

a sharing attitude. I was honored to meet these brave men,

women and their family members.

This is a nine-month trip

that lets me clown every

day and see the great East

Coast states. I have had

the honor of visiting with

wounded warriors and their

families. There is nothing

like hearing a wounded

warrior say “You just made

my day.” I have met many

interesting people along the

way, including the people I

work with. I have even had

my car broken into, making

me an official “Jersey

Shore” person of record!

Keep your eyes on the

road, and you just may see

me pass by while running

in front of the circus. You

can follow my travels in

The New Calliope or on

Facebook by visiting The

Humor Man and clicking

“like.” I would love to visit

with your alley or CFA Tent

when in your area. I am

most always one week in

advance of the Cole Bros.

Circus so just go to tickets.

com or www.colebroscircus.

com and see where my next

stop will be.

Cole Bros. Circus and

Tom E Boy just might be

coming to your area!

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The New Calliope

Members On The Move

COAI Alley 128, St. Louis COA, hosted a hospitality

at the 2012 Convention in Kansas City this past

April. As you can see, they’re not too proud

of their 2011 World Series winning St. Louis

Cardinals. Pictured here are: Back row (l-r): Linda

Rhode,Cheri Venturi, Curt Patty, Sid Vogt, Sharon

Cohen. Middle row (l-r): Pam Bacher, BeBe Carter,

Jackie Beck, Diana Patty, Pam Muhall. Bottom

front:Cathy Hardeback

My name is Albin “Big Al” Pelski, president of Toby’s American

Clown Museum, Library and School in Lake Placid, FL. I have a

favorite skit that I use everywhere I go. I walk up to a person with

my stethoscope tipped with a bathroom toilet plunger. In one hand I

have an ordinary laugh box. I tell the person that I am going to Clown

Medical School and I have a homework assignment to find somebody’s

funny bone. Not having a clue where it is, I ask if I could try to find

it on her/him. With approval, I begin searching all over the body,

being careful to always stay a few inches away. Just as I pretend to be

getting frustrated for not finding it, I end up at the elbow. Without hesitation I press the laugh box and every time, as you can see by

the picture, the victim responds with uncontrollable giggles. My victim’s name in this picture just happens to be named “Funnybone,”

a new graduate of Toby’s Clown School, and already an outstanding clown. I’ll see you soon with more of “My favorite skits.”

Cherry Blossom Parade

Freestate Alley -

Thom Stevenson,

Pat Stevenson,

Debbie Eichner

and Steve Carder

check out the

Mall the night

before the Cherry

Blossom Parade in

Washington, DC.

Members of the

Freestate, Kapitol

Klowns and Just

Clowning Around

Alleys line up at the

Cherry Blossom

Parade. They had

26 clowns in the


Alley 147 Omaha's

Wild Clowndum hosted

a hospitality at the 2012

convention in Kansas

City, MO. Pictured on the

floor: Jeff Hogue, Middle

row: Sheila Gleason, Jane

Beckman, Back row: Judy

Quest, Susie Dorland,

Teresa Ziska, Kathy

Scofield and Tom Plith.

July/August 2012 Page 29

Members On The Move

Which way should

BeBe go? Only

Calliope knows

for sure!




from St.

Louis went

on vacation

and had

some fun

in Italy,



Pisa and


At the Relay for Life of Westmoreland on May 19, Tim

“Sawdust” Laynor and Ann “Tuttles” Sanders walked in

memory of Winnie “Sweet Heart” Russell and in honor of

Shirley “Jewel” Bailes, Jeanne “Freckles” Woska, Michael

“Upstairs” Roman, and juggler-magician Harold Wood.

Tonette, Grandma Huggs, Buddy, JuWanna (not pictured) and

Bon Bon of the San Diego All Star Clown Club performed at the

USS Midway for the USS Carl Vinson's homecoming party.

BeBe meets a ballooning clown on the

streets of Verona, Italy. Imagine that?

After clowning at the Susan Koman Race for the Cure these

clowns went to visit their clown friend, Juanita “Doc Tweedles”

Brisbin, who is reading The New Calliope in the hospital after

her chemo treatment for breast cancer. Two good deeds in one

day! Left to right: Midge “Miss Chief” Martinsen, Wanda “Miss

Bee Havin” Jennings, Juanita “Doc Tweedles” Brisbin, and

Mary Ann “Twinkie” Kojis.

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The New Calliope

Look Who's Reading

Grandma Huggs, Miss Muddles and Poptart of the San Diego

All Star Clown Club were on a street corner in La Mesa,

CA collecting money in a size 14 red shoe for the Ronald

McDonald house on 6-28-12. They took time to look at

The New Calliope. Bless their hearts!

Shirley “Breezy”

Maisonneuve from

Fort Wayne, IN was

in Englewood, FL

shopping for a place

to spend her winter

months. So she and

her son Marty stopped

by the COAI business

office to see where she

was sending her hard

earned dollars. Not

one to miss a photo

op, the New Calliope

editor insisted on

taking a photo.

Cathy Hardebeck had some extra

time to read her New Calliope

during her “visit” to Alcatraz.

Members of Good News

Clowns, Alley 312, had fun

reading The New Calliope

after making hats for Cosmic

Carnival Parade.

The Junior Joeys

at the Red Skelton

Clown School took

time to read The

New Calliope as a

part of their clown


July/August 2012 Page 31

Why Not Give A Gift That

Will Keep On Giving?

Why Not Gift

A COAI Membership?

See the application on page 49

or call the Business Office.

USA Toll Free 877.816.6941


Page 32

The New Calliope

Clowns of America International

Application and Renewal form

Name: First Middle Initial Last



State: Zip: Country:

Phone (required):


Date of Birth (required): Age: Male/Female

Clown Name:

Alley Affiliation:

Your COAI Number(if renewing):

Referring Sponsor (if any): Sponsor’s COAI Number:

Gift A Membership

Please gift a membership to the person on this form.

I wish to remain anonymous.

I wish for you to identify me to the recipient.

I wish to write a note: ___________________________






Please give us your name and phone number so that we can

contact you if necessary. If you wish to remain anonymous

check the box above and we will not reveal your identity.


Name Phone #

Annual Membership Dues Rates

NEW U.S.: $40 Active Renewal: $35

NEW International (U.S. funds): $45 Family Renewal (U.S. & Intl.): $17

NEW Senior (65 +): $30 International Renewal (U.S. funds): $40

NEW Senior Intl. (65 +, U.S. funds): $35 Senior Renewal (65 +): $25

NEW Junior Joey (age 8-15): $30 Senior Intl. Renewal (65 +, U.S. funds): $30

LIFETIME Membership: $500 Junior Joey Renewal (age 8-15): $25

• Seniors and Junior Joeys must provide proof of age with application (copy of Birth Certificate, License, etc.)

• Seniors must be age 65 or older within the enrollment or renewal year. Junior Joeys must be age 8 to 15 in the

enrollment year.

• Children age 8 to 15 can choose to join as Family or Junior Joey. Family members can be any age.

• Full members and Junior Joeys receive The New Calliope. Family members do not receive The New Calliope.

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Send Form To:

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Phone: 877-816-6941 • 941-474-4351 • Fax: 941-474-8317 • Web site: www.coai.org

All memberships to COAI are on an annual basis.

July/August 2012 Page 33



Nombre: Primero Iniciales: Apellidos


Ciudad: Urbanización / Barriada: Pueblo: Zona Postal:

Número de Teléfono: E-mail:

Fecha de Nacimiento: Edad: Masculino/Femenino:

Nombre de Payaso/a: Afiliado: Nombre del alley

Número de COAI (renovación):

Referido por:

Numero de COAI del Referido:

Regale Una Membresía

Por favor regale la membresia a la persona indicado en esta forma.

Deseo permanecer anónimo.

Deseo que usted me identifique al recipiente.Deseo escribir

Deseo escribir una nota.________________________________






Por favor dénos su nombre y número de teléfono de modo que

nosotros podamos ponernos en contacto con usted si fuera

necesario. Si usted desea quedarse anónimo, haga una señal in la caja

indicada arriba y no revelaremos su identidad.




Tarifas Anuales de Membresía

Nuevos miembros (US) $40

Nuevos miembros (Int’l) $45

Nuevos miembros Seniors (65+ US) $30

Nuevos miembros Seniors (65+ Int’l) $35

Nuevos miembros Júnior Joey (edades 8-15) $30

Membresía de por Vida $500

Renovación (US) $35

Renovación (Int’l) $40

Renovación Miembros (Seniors 65+ US) $25

Renovación Miembros Senior (65+ Int’l) $30

Renovación Júnior Joey (edades 8-15) $25

Membresía Familiar *(cada uno) $17

para miembros adicionales de un hogar

* Estados Unidos o Países Internacionales)

* Seniors y Júnior Joeys deben proveer prueba de edad junto a su solicitud.

* Seniors deben ser de 65 años de edad o mayor durante la matrícula o año de renovación

* Júnior Joey debe estar entre las edades de 8 y 15 años durante el año de la solicitud.

* Niños entre las edades de 8 y 15 años pueden escoger entre Familia o Júnior Joey… los miembros de familia pueden tener cualquier edad.

* Miembros completos y Júnior Joeys reciben The New Calliope, miembros de la familia no recibirían copias adicionales…

Favor de enviar en US $ dólares solamente.

Cheque a nombre de: __________

Método de Pago




Firma y Teléfono: (Se requiere para las tarjetas de crédito) Número de Teléfono:___________________________

Número de Tarjeta de Crédito __________________________________________________________________

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Enviar formulario a:

Clowns Of America, International, Inc. (COAI), P.O. Box 1171, Englewood, FL 34295-1171 USA

Teléfono 1-877-816-6941 • 941-474-4351 • Fax 941-474-8317 • Página Web: www.coai.org

Clasificación de Membresía

1. Todas las membresías a COAI se hacen en bases anuales.

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The New Calliope

Maricelis Ayuso

Bridgeport, CT


Skip Banks

Richmond, VA


Carolyn Joan Bassham

Boyd, TX

Julio A. Capacetti

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Cindy Corvo

Sugar Land, TX


Brett De Bruyn

Des Moines, IA

Sir Patchini

Maria M. DeWilde

Altus, OK


Bob Dodes

Boca Raton, FL

Beverly Dowling

Kansas City, KS


Kimberley Anne Eve

Scio, OR


Amy Gale

Des Moines, IA


Katrina S. Gibbs

Evansville, IN

Joyce Hall

Campobello, SC


Hope Hanafin

Winthrop, MA


Shaun Hanafin

Winthrop, MA


Bette Harrington

Englewood, FL


Joe Humphreys

Sarasota, FL


Brandon Hux

Halethorpe, MD

Big B the Clown

Deanna M. Jacobs

Buffalo Grove, IL


Donna Louise Jaffke

Madison, SD

Sugar T Clown

Lynn Inez Jenkins

Rideau Ferry, ON, Canada


John C. Kapferer

Robbinsville, NJ

Clem “T”

Ann D. Lefkowitz

New Port Richey, FL


Brian Lemee

Pocasset, MA


Marielizabeth Leon

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Alegrita Sonrisita

Kathleen A. Levis

Cranesville, PA


Margaret Litowich

Grand Rapids, MI


Joe Edward Luce

Houston, TX

Manuela Markham

Chesapeake, VA


Patricia G Maxwell

The Villages, FL

Powder Puff

Patti Mckee

Des Moines, IA


June Miller

Calgary, AB Canada


Esther Elizabeth Nix

Oklahoma City, OK


Roger Osborne

Marquez, TX


Jan Oviatt

Columbus, IN


Robert Pearcy

Largo, FL


Pamela E. Peters

Hamilton, OH


Mary Piper

Iowa City, IA

Mrs. Hinky Dink

Dean Poplawski

Dudley, MA


Dolores Ann Readman

Thunder Bay, ON, Canada


Jenna Rosenburg

Des Moines, IA


Steve Schieszer

Goodyear, AZ

Cowboy GW/Gee Williker's/

Hobo Willie

Barbara Smith

Sarasota, FL


Stephanie Sommerio

West Des Moines, IA


Doreen Stevens

Fort Worth, TX


Misha Stone

Chicago, IL


Lynn Thurber

Dartmouth, NS, Canada


Lois Vanson

Thunder Bay, ON, Canada


Paul M. Wyman

Johnston, IA


Marion Zacha

West Linn, OR


July/August 2012 Page 35


July 30-August 5, 2012

California Clown Campin'

San Bernardino, CA




July 31-August 5, 2012

Moose Camp

Buffalo, MN



August 1-7, 2012

Running of the Noses

Woodbury, MN


August 1-5, 2012

TCA Convention

Irving, TX



August 1-7, 2012

International Clown Week

August, 20-24, 2012

The American Clown Academy

Newark, OH



September 13-15, 2012

Circus Magic West

San Diego, CA


September 5-9, 2012


Jacksonville, FL



September 14-16, 2012

Clownfest 2012

Seaside Heights, NJ




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October 3-7, 2012

Midwest Roundup

Davenport, IA



October 19 & 20, 2012

Kapitol Klown's Workshop

College Park, MD



November 1-4, 2012

Kentucky Clown Derby

Clarksville, IN


November 7-11, 2012


New Cumberland, PA


November 11-15, 2012


Laughlin, NV


April 16-21, 2013

COAI Convention

Catching the Spirit

Of Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

clownalley3@ yahoo.com


Do you know of any

clown conventions

or workshops that

ought to be listed?

email the information to:


Financial Report

Clowns of America International

Income, expense and balance statement

March/April 2012 Year To Date


Membership 7,552 65447

Lifetime Membership 0 0

Magazine Ads 4,070 21,937

Merchandise 175 1,071

Junior Joey Merchandise 5 5

Education 0 0

Convention 0 5,000

Interest 67 462

Lowe Collection 0 0

Miscellaneous Donations 25 1,391

Web Page 0 0

Education Auction Revenue 0 0

Junior Joey Auction Revenue 0 0

TOTAL 11,894 95,313


Bank Chgs / Returned Checks 266 2,187

Checks 0 0

Credit Card Fees 472 1,965

New Calliope Editor Fees 5,800 27,000

New Calliope Production 6,117 24,649

New Calliope Postage 2,210 8,474

Other New Calliope Fees 0 236

Advertising Refund 160 160

National Office Bus Mgr Commission 1,771 12,924

National Office Phone 0 0

National Office Postage 151 678

National Office Misc. 0 292

Board Expenses Other 0 0

Fall Board Meeting 0 6078

State And Intern. Ambassadors 0 0

Spring Board Meeting 6,359 6359

Officer's Phone & Postage 146 317

Educational Support 0 267

Educational Support Scholarships 1,085 1,085

Convention Expense 181 3,431

Trophies 0 0

Printed Material 158 158

Grants 0 0

Alley Support 0 0

Merchandise 0 (188)

Excellence In Clowning 0 0

Clown Week 35 35

Clown Of The Year 0 8

Jr. Joey Scholarships 200 200

Special Projects 27 27

Audio Director 0 0

Lowe Collection Expense 0 725

Promotion & Publicity 0 0

Miscellaneous Expense 0 0

Merchandise Shipping 232 232

Shipping 57 57

Organization Dues 0 0

Professional Services 0 956

Web Page Expense 0 5995

Insurance 0 1294

Directory Expense 0 0

Media Liability Insurance 0 0

Federal Income Tax 0 604

TOTAL 25,427 106,205

Florida Shores Bank 36,984

Money Market Accounts 32,406

Scholarship Account 21,355

Contingency Reserve 37,152

National Office Operating Fund -285

Total 127,612

(Amounts given to the nearest dollar)

Respectfully submitted, Candyce Will, Treasurer

The Financial report shown above meets the motion made by

our general membership to provide a financial statement to

the general membership every 6 months of its fiscal year.

Based on the view of 3 CPA’S and legal counsel.

The New Calliope

Alley Report

by Toni Dufrene

Director, Alley Region Support

Listed below are alleys that

have not submitted an annual alley

report for 2011 or 2012. If you see

your alley listed, please contact

your alley president or secretary

to ask them to submit your report.

If you know that one of the alleys

listed is no longer active, please

let me know so I can update our

records. You may contact me at:

toni_dufrene@yahoo.com or call

me at 504-812-9003.

Alley 39 Colorada Clowns

Alley 80 Golden Gate Clowns

Alley 92 Kansas City Clowns

Alley 103 Funny Bones Clown Alley

Alley 159 Krackerjac Clowns

Alley 159A South Shore Joeys

Alley 225 Pioneer Valley Clowns

Alley 234 King’s Jesters

Alley 240 Pound Of Clowns

Alley 263 Magic Town Clowns

Alley 279 Cleveland Karavan Clowns

Alley 287 Tri-Rivers Clowns

Alley 301 Uptown Clowns Of Largo, Inc.

Alley 332 Luv-N-Laffs

Alley 339 Jubilee Jesters

Alley 352 Pappy & The Honaker Redbuds

Alley 353 Harford County Clowns

If an alley report is not received

by the end of the year, that alley

will be placed on the inactive

list meaning it will no longer be

eligible for COAI educational

grants. (Also, if that alley is 100%

COAI membership, it will no

longer receive a copy of The New

Calliope for the alley library.)

It's really easy to submit your

report. Just go online to www.

coai.org. On the left side of the

home page are red buttons. Go

to Alleys then to Alley

Reports. Fill in all of

the information and hit the submit

button. That's it! You're done! If

you would prefer a hard copy, just

let me know and I'll be happy to

mail one to you.

I hope all of you are having a

great summer full of fun and as

many gigs as you can handle.

l l l

Alley 362 Mostuff

Alley 371 San Diego Clown Conspiracy

Alley 373 Golden Triangle Funnybones

Alley 379 Rain Coast Clown Troupe

Alley 380 Holmes Hilarious Hiccups

Alley 383 The Cleveland Clowns

Alley 384 Hoosier Clown Alley

Alley 386 Cotton Pikin’ Clowns

Alley 387 Clowns On Call

Alley 388 Mid Atlantic Alley

Alley 394 Corn E Clowns Of Erie County

Alley 401 Klownz Around

Alley 407 Asopado

Alley 408 Consentradonde Payasos International

Alley 409 Fun-N-Sun Clown Alley

Alley 410 Caravana De Payasos De Puerto Rico

Alley 412 Katy Klowns

When is the last time

you brought somebody

Into COAI And The

Art Of Clowning?

July/August 2012 Page 37

Personal Perspective: A Clown's Mirror

by Pricilla

I stumbled across this

idea as I spoke to 90 clowns

interested in furthering their

clown arts education. I am

learning again that people

get into clowning for very

different reasons. It is always

inspiring to me, to hear

people’s stories.

One person was returning

to clowning after the death of

her mother. She needed to put

some joy back into her life.

She needed a jump-start back

into some happiness, so she

has something to give.

There are clown friends

who come to meet at camp

every year like a big crazy

family reunion to keep their

clown batteries recharged.

They call it the “best clown

vacation ever!” There are

people who think they are

crossing something off their

bucket list. Ha! Wait until they

find out it is just the beginning

of another list! I bet some of

you are laughing pretty hard

right now after reading that.

There are clowns who have

been in the business forever

and “been there done that,” but

need something more to keep

them moving forward. There

are young people with a dream

of a career in the spotlight.

Everyone has a different

perspective. Underneath it

all, 99% of them are going

to clown educational events

so they can improve their

clown skills for one very, very

important reason. They want

to give back some happiness

to the world. That is very

important. Now this does not

mean that a person who does

clowning for money is not

included in this group. The

reality is we can’t all give it

away. Clowning isn’t free.

Our time, skills, supplies, and

education do have a monetary


Who would really want to

“hire” a clown who wouldn’t

take any pay to perform at

their child’s birthday party?

Our society isn’t geared that

way. I remember the things

I gave my daughter for

Christmas and birthdays that

I had to scrimp and save for.

I wouldn’t want someone to

take my joy away from me in

being able to “give” of myself

in that way. So sometimes we

do have to charge for what

we do -- and sometimes we

get to give it away and that is


Let’s get back to the idea

of perspective. What is your

reason for clowning? And

what does it reflect?

Really successful clowns–

whether volunteer or ...

hmmm trying to find the right

word: Clowns for hire? Paid?

Professional??? Nope, that

just doesn’t fit. Let’s just say

“working clowns” for lack of a

better term.

Really successful clowns –

whether volunteer or working

clowns – are in it for what

they can give back to a weary

world. The joy they experience

is a by-product, not a goal. I

have seen clowns who have

this formula all mixed up, for


Clowning + Money =

Happiness? Nope.

Clowning + Attention = Self-


Not a chance.

Clowning + Self Discovery =

Better Mental Health? ... Not

for long.

If you are going into

clowning to make money, it

will be a long difficult road. It

can be done, but the amount

of work you will have to do to

be successful may outweigh

monetary reward.

If you are clowning to

validate yourself with attention

from your audience, then you

will rarely find self-fulfillment.

You will always be chasing

that next show and next big

laugh or “warm fuzzy” from

your audience.

This last one is a bit

trickier. If you are clowning

to “find” yourself, you very

well may be able to do it. I

have seen people with major

heartbreak from the loss

of a loved one, devastating

divorce, or a career crash, find

themselves again in clowning.

It can be done. But here is

the key: If your intentions are

not driven by a need to give a

smile back to the world, then

you WILL find yourself yet

again in a lonely place.

Performing can be like

a drug. Seeing people smile

and laugh at our antics is an

adrenaline-soaked endorphinpacked

rush. It is kind of like

having a really cool car that

everyone comes to look at,

but you never get to drive.

Clowning for the right reasons

fills up the gas tank. Clowning

to give back to the world really

gets you somewhere!

In Love and Laughter!

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Marketing Basics

by: Dan “Fitzwilly” Langwell

Advertising and Marketing - Two words

that strike fear in the hearts and pocketbooks

of accountants, and confusion in the brains

of the brightest. So let’s start off with some


Advertising – calling attention to one’s

product or service, especially by paid


Marketing – the process used to

identify the customer, satisfy the customer,

and keep the customer; the total range of

activities involved in the transfer of goods

from the producer to the seller, by which

companies create value for customers and

build strong customer relationships, in order

to capture value from customers in return.

Branding – Calling attention to any

feature or characteristic that serves to

identify a particular product as distinct

from those of other sellers other products or

services designed to satisfy the same need.

Target Market - a specific group of

customers at which the business has decided

to focus its marketing efforts.

Marketing is the big picture of

everything you are going to do to encourage

people to hire you. It is everything from

creating a quality product (an entertaining

performance) to your appearance (costume,

makeup, even the vehicle you arrive in), to

the professional way you answer the phone

and handle the booking. Every aspect of our

conduct needs to invoke confidence in our

professionalism and our ability to entertain,

by the people we come into contact with. A

person might visit a restaurant 100 times

and have great service, but if on visit 101

there is a problem, that is what the customer

is going to talk about.

All advertising comes down to a fairly

simple formula – “Is the money coming in

as a result of your advertising more than the

amount you are spending?” If the answer

is yes then pat yourself on the back and

keep doing what you are doing. Your new

question then becomes what can I do to get

an even better return on my money?

If the answer to the question is “No”

then it is time to start from the beginning

and work out a new plan -PLAN being the

key word. If you spend $1000 on newspaper

ads and the back page of the theater program

of the local high school play in January, it is

unlikely to help you book birthday parties

in May and June. There are many ways to

spend money advertising your clowning,

and I will provide some ideas, but really

making a difference in your business

requires a lot more planning and preparation

than tossing money around.

Part of your planning time in the

beginning is going to be spent determining

how you want people to think about you and

your business. What is your identity going

to be in the minds of the public? Are you

going to be the hyperactive skateboarding

clown, the frilly princess clown, the not

really funny but works-for-free clown, or

your areas most in demand, an entertaining

clown? If you don’t decide what kind of

image you want to have, and work to uphold

that image then you are leaving it up to

everyone else. In the marketing world it

is called branding, and businesses spend

millions of dollars a year to stand out from

the crowd and make sure they control their

image and their identity in the mind of the


So, what’s next? Choose your target

market(s). There are different types of

events where you can clown and there

are some that you enjoy more than others.

Make a list of 10 or 20 types of events that

might hire a performer and then rank them

in the order you enjoy working each type

of event. Now take a look at the top three

or four. Are birthday parties high on your

list? Then you need to reach the parents who

will be planning those parties. That is one

target market. Did working in a restaurant

setting score high? Since many parents can

be reached through your visibility working

regularly at a restaurant this might be a

strong target market to focus on. After you

have identified your target markets, start

thinking and planning on how to reach them.

I’ll talk more about this step in the future.

If you are just getting started, believe

strongly in a “cause” you know that many

potential clients will be attending, and

therefore have a chance to see you in action,

you might decide to volunteer a set amount

of time for a special event, for example a

cancer walk. If the event is too large you

may get lost in the hoopla, a smaller event

might garner you more attention, help

develop your “brand identity” and allow you

to make more valuable contacts.

Many larger companies

create marketing calendars and

promotional calendars and there

is no reason why we can’t do something

similar. By keeping it simple there is a better

chance of continuing to use this valuable

tool. Simply put, a marketing calendar is

a calendar dedicated to keeping track of

your marketing efforts. If you want to book

more events in June then you need to have a

plan of attack to get your name out in April

and May when people are planning those

June events. Try planning some marketing

activity each month with a little extra

planned leading up to those traditionally

slow months.

A fun and interesting website to visit

when looking for unique “holidays” or

other calendar-related information that you

might be able to add to your marketing

calendar, is www.brownielocks.com. Larger

companies create promotions around unique

or invented holidays all the time. Everyone

knows about Father’s Day, but it isn’t a

day that generates much work for clowns.

But what if you sent out a postcard in

April or May to optometrists (eye doctors)

explaining that since June is Child Vision

Awareness month it is a great time hold a

vision clinic/open house and hire you for the


Our goal is to get our name out in front

of the people we want to hire us; to get our

name in front of them and keep it there.

We want to stand out from the competition,

from the pool parties, the bowling alleys,

the horseshoe tournaments, and yes, even

the other clowns. It isn’t about spending

the most money; it is about planning and

consistent work at staying in front of people.

There are many options available for fairly

inexpensive postcards, business cards and

other items that will help you achieve this

goal without breaking the bank. We are

creative people and we use that creativity all

the time in our clowning. Now is the time

to couple that creative side to our planning

process, our marketing process, and reach

out to the people who need us. It’s just that


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A Special T hank You

by Debbie Fowler

Cathy Mackey, and the board of

directors for COAI are remarkable people

and I want to take a minute and thank

them publicly for their compassion and

understanding of a very special person.

That person would be my special needs

Son, Kenny. At the COAI convention

last April in Kansas City he performed

a single skit for the very first time. He

was a bit nervous and it didn't go quite

as practiced, but he continued on instead

of just giving up. At the awards banquet,

Cathy presented him with a softball that

had been autographed by the board, along

with a marker so he could get additional

autographs. It was to acknowledge his

effort and courage to participate for the

first time in the single skit category. I was

near tears.

We all love to be recognized and

acknowledged. It is human nature. But

special needs individuals are especially

thrilled with praise. I am sure the board

was very aware of what they were doing

with this act of compassion - that is

why they did it. I wanted to say “thank

you” again for taking the time and effort

to honor Kenny. One reason Kenny

absolutely loves attending conventions

is that he is so accepted by our clown

friends - unconditional love and

understanding. I know one would expect

that from a “bunch of clowns”– it is what

clowning is all about - ART FROM THE

HEART. This was an excellent example

of what clowns are about!

Kenny is a survivor of brain cancer.

He was only 18 months old when he was

diagnosed with Grade 4 astrocytomas. The

treatment of radiation and chemotherapy

to his young brain caused brain damage.

He is now 28. He is a “Miracle.” Kenny

has spirit and determination as those who

have met him can attest to that.

Kenny is very active in several Special

Olympic sports. He represented the state

of North Dakota in 2010 at the National

Special Olympic games in Lincoln,

Nebraska in bowling. He recently took

first place and received a gold medal at the

state track and field event in the men’s 400

meter walk.

Kenny began clowning with me in 2008

and attended his first clown convention

when WCA held their convention in

Orlando. He has attended the WCA

convention each year since. This was his

first COAI convention. We have already

registered for Richmond, Virginia! Hope

to see you all there!!!! Come and meet

Kenny - or “Kidder” the Clown.

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Boxing Anyone?

Do you ever feel like you have gone through a couple of

rounds of a boxing match after a gig? Did you stretch, eat,

take your meds, hydrate, dress for the weather conditions or

exercise to build up a little more endurance? As we all pace

ourselves in shows to gradually get to the big ending(s) or

add the final glittery touches when face painting, we must

train our bodies too! We aren’t the unbreakable, rubber,

spring chickens we used to be. Let’s try to avoid injury and

cramps so we can indeed be happy clowns throughout the

event and the next day!

If you are a show-stopping clown, you need to stretch

your neck, arms, back and legs. Magicians and face painters

should stretch everything as well because you need to help

the circulation in your legs since you are somewhat frozen

for periods of time sitting or standing. Rolling your neck

both clockwise and counter-clockwise is a great start unless

a “bobble head”stretch is more fun for you.

Arms/shoulders can be stretched anytime with shoulder

shrugs also known as the “teenage I don’t know” classic

movement. Placing both arms straight out without bending;

flapping your hands up and down for at least five seconds in

each direction, similar to a young baby’s first wave, really

stretches most arm muscles well. Twisting your upper body

to face right then left as well as reaching down to touch

your toes helps a lot. Even if you don’t reach your toes,

you may find something you’ve been searching for. While

standing, occasionally rise to your tippy-toes, stand on your

heels or dance to work those leg muscles.

Don’t forget to stretch your vocal chords! Practice your

new show a week prior, full performing voice or sing your

favorite music artists’ songs, like at a concert, for at least 25

minutes to work on your breathing and vocal strength. You

can do it and you’ll fell better too.

Remember YOU are your BEST prop, so get to stretchin’!

Tip By Ann Sanders

Add Bling To Your Face Painting

Looking to add bling to your face painting designs?

Consider plastic jewels. They are an inexpensive

way of giving your designs extra flare.

Commercially produced fashion tape, designed for

use on skin, can easily be attached to the back of the

jewel. Prepare the jewels in advance by removing

the backing from one side of the strip and pressing

the jewel to the exposed tape. Trim the excess.

For added sparkle,

press the jewel

directly onto your


When ready to use,

simply remove the



Jewels are not suitable for use on younger children.

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Setting The Record Straight

5th Place

Jenny Lou


7th Place

Pam Mulhall

In the May/June issue of The New

Calliope, we made several errors

that need to be corrected in order to

the set record straight. These errors

may well have been do the amount

of time spent in “Speak Easys” at

the convention in Kansas City. We

had problems importing the correct

photos in the competition pages. In

the Auguste category we mixed up

the photos for 5th and 7th place. On

the Comedy White Face page we

mixed up the photo for 2nd and 3rd

place. And in the Single Balloon

category we mixed up the photos

for 8th and 9th place. Pictured here

you will see the correct names with

the correct photos. Our apologies to

Jenny Lou Rodriguez, Pam Mulhall,

Bill Young, Michael Becvar, Ann

Sanders and Judy Johnson.

8th Place

Ann Sanders

3rd Place

Michael Becvar

2nd Place

Bill Young

9th Place

Judy Johnson

While we are making amends, we misspelled Mariann Martin's name in the Scholarship & Grant Awards article.

July/August 2012 Page 43

The Red Skelton & COAI

Junior Joey School 2012

by Cheri Venturi,

Director of Education 2010-12

Once again COAI

is proud to be a part of

a ground breaking new

program for Junior Joeys.

Realizing we were not able

to get the attendance we

wanted in our convention

program for Junior Joeys,

due to the inability of

students to attend during

school hours, we began to

brainstorm other avenues.

Being the leader in

educational endeavors,

we started developing the

dream of creating a summer

camp for Junior Joeys.

Where to begin? So many

factors were involved to

make this dream come to

reality. While teaching at

the Red Skelton School

last year I ran the idea by

the director, Terry Ricketts

and the President of the

University, Dr. Phillip

Summers. Both were

intrigued by the idea.

Before the camp was over,

The Red Skelton School in

Vincennes, Indiana invited

COAI to take over their

Junior Joey Program.

This was the perfect

situation. We had a wellestablished


in a beautiful and safe

environment. COAI would

pay for the registration of

three board members to

teach and observe how the

program was facilitated.

Georgia Morris, Dale

Flashberg and Glenn

Kohlberger all volunteered

their time and energy to

assist Cheri Venturi in

developing the program.

Unfortunately Glenn could

not participate due to illness

but we hope to see him next


What a success! We had

17 students enrolled and we

educated them on makeup

application, performance

skills, juggling, twisting,

face painting, magic and

even pie throwing. The

students were like sponges.

They attended classes from

9 in the morning until

3, with an hour off for

lunch and exercise. They

also participated in four

community events which

allowed them to put their

new skills in to practice.

The four community

events that the Junior Joeys

and the adult campers

participated in together


1. The birthday party for

Red. It was open to the

public. The kids were so

eager to participate. They

twisted balloons and face

painted for the better part

of three hours. We also

had jugglers in the crowd


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2. The Big Pie Throw: they

attended and were taught

the skill of pie throwing

and were able to throw a

pie at the instructors.

3. The “Magical Follies”

took place at the Red

Skelton Performing

Arts Center on Friday

night and every Junior

Joey was involved in a

skit at the pre-show. We

were the opening acts,

you could say. They

learned how to work on

one of the biggest and

most beautiful stages

in the country, voice

control, respect for other

performers, timing and

responsibility. Their

performances were super.

4. The Big Parade: They all

arrived early to put on

their makeup and then

boarded a bus to the

parade. They climbed

on a flatbed and played

their hearts out on their

newly created kazoos.

Graduation followed in

the park in front of the

entire community. Dr.

Summers gave them a

great deal of praise for

the performances they

gave during the week.

He also thanked COAI

for being part of the

Red Skelton School and


COAI would like to

thank Terry Ricketts for

allowing our dream to

take hold. Without his

help we would not have

gotten this idea to Dr.

Summers. To the President

of Vincennes University,

Dr. Summers, thank you

for allowing COAI to

join in all the festivities.

This was a wonderful

learning experience for

all of us. To Jack Masters

who coordinated all

the donations from the

community to support

the Junior Joey program.

To the community of

Vincennes University and

the city, thank you for all

your contributions, your

support for the program

and welcoming us with

open arms. To Carrie Abts

who worked hand-in-hand

with COAI throughout the

process, thank you for your

patience and leadership

skills. You made it happen

on a daily basis for both

of us. To Georgia Morris

and Dale Flashberg, our

COAI representatives,

thank you for going with

the flow. This being our first

try we had a few bumps

in the road but we rolled

along like real troupers.

Finally, COAI would like

to thank all the parents for

allowing their children to

come to the camp. They

had to drop them off and

get them to many different

events. We appreciated their

contributions of time and


Next year we hope to

increase the enrollment.

This would be a super

opportunity for any of our

members who would like to

share their love of clowning

to attend with their Junior

Joey. Parents and guardians

can attend or just stay in the

dorm with their juniors at

very reasonable rates. What

a fun experience to share


I would personally like to

thank COAI for having the

trust and confidence in my

ability to try this program

out in a camp situation. It

was a dream and one I hope

COAI will continue in the

future. Although I will no

longer be on the COAI

board, I have been named

the Junior Joey Coordinator

for 2013 by the Board of

the Red Skelton School. If

you would like any further

information, please email

me at cherioats@aol.com

or call me at 636-399-7843.

Now, I had better start my

plans for next year. I hope

to see you there.

We hope that by teaching

our Junior Joeys, we will

insure that the Art of

Clowning will continue into

the future.

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A Final Word from the Editor

The elections are over,

the results are in and you

have a five new faces

on your Board: Paddee

Embrey, Merilyn Barrett,

Sue Marranconi, Judy

Quest and Bill McGinnis,

congratulations. There are

also three appointments in

the regional vice presidents

yet to be made as nobody

ran for the positions in

the Northwest, Southeast

and South Central. Those

positions will likely be filled

by the time you read this

issue of your New Calliope.

I look forward to developing

a working relationship with

these new board members as

well as continuing to work

with those board members

who will be continuing on.

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