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Volume 20, Number 1
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The New Callbpe
Case for humanitarian clowning
By Bruce Grotts
28 West St.
Cromwell, CT 06416
There has been a tremendous amount of emphasis
upon hospital clowning and all of the lives it touches. The
humanitarian aspects of this work. and the amount of good
that it does in the world, are indisputable. However, there
are other types of humanitarian clowning that many of you
may have done but about which there is little written.
Clowning in the midst of a disaster may seem like an alien
concept, but I know there are clowns out there who have
gone to disaster shelters to work their magic. twist their
balloons, and run their gags for the victims of natural and
even not so natural disasters.
Who would contest the idea that a smile is one of the
most important ingredients in the bag of tricks used by a
therapist, or a clown, or a clown-therapist, to help a disaster
victim combat the impact of post traumatic stress and begin
the process of bridging back to normalcy? I can assure you
that no one who has ever been impacted by a disaster or
worked in the disaster field would discount the importance
of a simple smile.
Recently I worked at one of the headquarters set up by a
major national disaster response organization during the
World Trade Center tragedy. There were approximately 30
people there , working in a variety of functions including
health, mental health , family services , mass care, staffing ,
logistics , etc. Their role was to provide support to the various
service centers which were providing direct assistance to
the victims. The job required seven days a wee k, 12 plus
hours per day of work and exposure to nonstop
bombardment with the news of the disaster. The potential
impact upon these hard working volunteers was profound .
Like everyone else in the country, these people wanted to
be at Ground Zero . However, despite their training, and
because of it, they were performing a necessary but
excruciatingly frustrating administrative function .
While this was not the place to introduce a brightly
colored clown suit, it isn't clothes that make the clown .
While there wasn 't the time, nor was it the place, to perform
clown gags, spontaneous and improvised humor , specific to
specific situations and always cognizant of the underlying
reasons why people were there, provided a vehicle to
relieve tension and momentary escape from the emotionally
destructive nature of the assignment. Balloon animals
secretly left on desks or presented with grandiose flourishes
provided an instant and lasting focus for a momentary
emotional escape and a smile. Gag gifts, stickers, buttons,
and ribbons extolling the virtues of the team and individual
members, brought people together who, due to the pace of
the job, enviromnenta l nature of the headquarters, and
underlying trauma, were turning inward and becoming
increasingly frustrated with the operation itself.
Being so new to clowning I cannot yet say from
experience that clowning has the power to heal. However,
this experience proved to me that clowning does have the
power to help those faced with profound and prolonged
stress combat the effects of that stress. I cannot say that
clowning prevents any individual from developing a post
traumatic stress disorder. But who is to say that it did not? I
urge every clown to contact their local disaster agency and
offer their services in time of disaster.
After 26 years, Dr. Bugg retires
By Charles T. "Dr. Bugg" Rinkel, Jr.
5921 Winwood Dr. #215
Johnston, IA 50131
The time has come for Dr. Bugg to retire a second time.
After 26 years of clowning, as a whiteface and a tramp clown,
I am down to one gig a year by choice. This particular gig has
become a tradition for that event. I will continue clowning that
event as long as they ask me.
These 26 years started out in clowning with the help of a
clown friend here and there and by experience. These
clown years received a big boost , when after 12 years of
clowning, I attended my first Clown Camp held at the
University of Wisconsin , Lacrosse , in 1988. As I told a TV
interviewer from a station in St. Paul, "I decided that after 12
years , I needed to find out what it was that I was supposed to
be doing ."These years included attending Clown Camp
again in 1991 and for some years after that and eventually
serving on staff.
In January of 1991 I entered into a purchase of service
contract with Ottumwa (Iowa) Regional Health Foundation to
clown in Ottumwa Regional Health Center three afternoons a
week and one Saturday morning a month . For this purpose I
created Dr. Bugg, a tramp clown , and put away "ltschuck ,"
my whiteface of 15 years.
From January 1994 through December 1998, I wrote a
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From page 4
regular column , "Making rounds with Dr. Bugg," for The New
Calliope. Through the years, clowning enabled me to make
friends here and in several foreign countries. I want to thank
each of you for the many pleasures and memories that I have
of the 26 years that I have clowned.
The time has come now to step down .. I'll not be
renewing my membership in COAi or Korn Patch Klown
Alley in Des Moines. , So, you can put COAi No. 5642 to
bed. I'll miss you all. See ya down the road.
By Mike Fixer
Sept. 1, 2002 is the deadline for receiving nominations
for COAi's 2003 Clown of the Year and submissions for
COAi 's Excellence in Clowning recognition . Don't miss this
COAi Clown of the Year 2003:
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May/June , 2002, issue of The New Calliope. If you have any
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CO AI' s top spot
By Cal Olson
Cheri Venturi, of Destrehan, LA, was elected to her
second term as president of Clowns of America, Int., in the
organization's biennial elections this spring. Venturi ran
unopposed for the office.
In the only contested race for a seat on COAi's Executive
Committee, Claudia J. Keener, of Warren, OH, defeated
Clydene Dyer, of Branchville, AL, for the office of
In uncontested races for Executive Committee seats:
+ Paul Kleinberger II, of Loudonville, NY, was
elected Executive Vice President. It was his first try for
national COAi office.
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Walter R. Lee
Executive Vice Pres.
+ Teresa Gretton, of Waldorf, MD, was re-elected to a
third term. She was appointed to the office in the summer of
+ Sergeant-at-Arms Walter R. Lee, of Severn, MD,
was re-elected to his 10th term in the office.
In the lone contested race for a Director's seat (Conventions),
incumbent Patricia Roeser of Woodbury, MN,
defeated Annette Darragh, of Birmingham, AL.
In two uncontested Director's races:
+ Kent Sheets, of North Fort Meyers, FL, was elected
Director of Education. Incumbent Rex Nolen, of Kansas City,
MO, did not run.
+ Catherine Hardebeck, of St. Louis, MO, was
Claudia J. Keener
North Central VP
elected to her second term as Director of Alley/Regio n
The fourth Director (Membership) normally is filled by
COAi 's immediate Past President. If that officer is
unavailab le, the post will be filled by appointment.
Only two of 11 Regional Vice Presidencies were
+ In the Northeast,Joe Barney, of Bridgeport , CT,
defeated the incumbent , Glenda Desilets , of Milford Ct.
+ In Canada, incumbent Linda Loveday, of Thunder
Bay, ON, defeated Agi Farkas-Hibbert , of Thunder Bay.
Nine candidates for regional vice presidences ran without
South Central VP
+ North Central: Incumbent James Cunningham,
of Jop lin, MO, was re-elected -.
+ Northwest : Incumbent Albert Alter, of Portland,
OR, was re-elected.
+ Mideast: Incumbent Michael Cox , of Richmond ,
VA, was re-elected.
+ Midwest: Merilyn Barrett, of Carpente rsville, IL,
was elected ; she served earlier on the Board. Incumbent
Patricia Bothun , of Maple Lake, MN, did not run.
+ Southeast: Incumbent Keith Stokes , of Lake
Placid, FL, was re-elected.
+ South Central: Linda Green, of Spring , TX. was
elected on her initial try for office. Incumbent Danny Kollaja ,
of Corpus Christi, did not run.
+ Southwest: Candy Will, of San Juan Capistrano ,
CA, won on her first try for national office. Incumbent Linda
Hulet, of Anaheim , CA , did not run.
+ Latin Countries : Incumbent Pedro Santos , of
Bayamon , PR, was re-elected to his 11th term in office .
+ International: Incumbent Andrew Stevens, of
Wiltshire , England , was re-elected .
Latin Countries VP
The New Calliope July/August, 2002
President's Q's and A's
Editor's Note: As Cheri Venturi prepared for her second
term as COAi President, The New Calliope asked her several
questions. The Q and A exchange follows:
a. Tell us something about your personal and
A. I have had the same clown character for the past 14
years. The fun part about keeping one character is that she
never ages. She still is a perpetual two .-------.....----.------,
-year-old and getting into more
mischief with each passing year.
Although I do not always go out as a
whiteface, my character still remains
the same. I have modified my makeup
a bit for everyday pertormances but I
always use my whiteface to pertorm on
stage and meet and greet. The
favorite part of my pertormance is
stOiytelling. I would like to continue
developing that area in and out of
makeup. I am not clowning as much in
the city as I am into teaching,
performing, merchandising, and
promoting COAi on the road.
My home is still in Destrehan. about
20 minutes west of New Orleans. My
daughter, Marin, now lives in Chicago
and works for the Lyric Opera. My son,
Jason , and his wife, Jennifer , are
teachers for the Washington
District in Indianapolis. He is a math supervisor for three
middle schools and his wife is a third grade teacher. My
husband continues with the New Orleans Saints as the
Defensive Coordinator .
a. Why did you run for another term as COAi
insurance program. We are picking up new members daily
because we are offering something that helps all
pertormers . Many people on the COAi Board worked long
hours to bring this together. The membership and alleys will
be seeing the benefits after our fall meetings. The Board will
be developing new and innovative ways to help
individuals as well as alleys from the program's profit. By
serving a need for our members, the insurance program will
benefit the total organization.
a. What changes have you
noticed in clowning during your
involvement in the art?
A. Ther e have been many changes in
the clown world in the past six years. For
instance, the mean age of clowns coming
into the art has shifted from the 30- and
40-year-olds to 50 and 60. There are more
women in clowning than when I started.
The focus has also changed. It has
become broader in scope to include caring
clowns as well as birthday and assisted
living clowns. Hospital clowning has grown
tremendously. There are more people
working with school programs. Makeup
has changed. We now see more of the
European look among our peers than we
did in the past. Professionalism is stressed
much more and is evident when you
attend clown conventions across the
country. The standards for volunteer
clowning are higher than they've ever been. All clowns,
whether volunteering for church, school or hospital
clowning, or working as a paid performer, are aware of
becoming the best that they can be by attending various
educational institutions or calling for help and advice. The art
form has definately grown through the electronic media.
Email has opened up many worlds of communication within
our clown community.
A. I ran for a second term because I felt there were many
areas that I was just starting to develop. I felt the first two
years were spent getting the groundwork laid for the next
two years. I enjoy working with people that are open-minded
and willing to accept challenges. I know the potential for this
organization and wanted one more term to see what we
a. How is COAi's new Insurance program being
A. COA i is getting an unbelievable response to the
a. Any changes in COAi?
A. The biggest change I have witnessed is going from a
"club" mentality to the "incorporated" approach . From our
bookkeeping to our contracts we are insuring that the
organization will be around for many years to come. Another
area of growth has been in the electronic communication.
With our numbers growing daily we are starting to utilize
electronic facilities to communicate within the organization. In
the near future, we will send out announcements that will
reach our membership within 24hours and move our
Continued page 12
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J. T. nBubba"
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( regard less of age)
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Q's and A's --
From page 10
business twice as fast. Changes have occurred in the COAi
Board as well. The Board members are identifying areas
that need further evaluation and development. They are
continually observing the cause and effect of new programs
on the art of clowning. The most exciting change has been
by the membership. They are starting to take an active role
in COAi. By asking questions they have brought about
changes and clarifications to many programs.
a. What challenges do you see for COAi in the
A. The challenges that I see for COAi in the next five years
+ Staying contemporary.
+ Continuing to evaluate the organization so that it is
meeting the needs of everyone
+ Providing the membership with good educational
+ Developing new means of communicating with
+ Motivating future generations to join the art of
+ Encouraging new blood to lead the organization
I would like to thank all those who gave me your vote of
confidence. I promise to continue working to keep COAi the
best and fastest growing clown organization in the world.
Be Safe and Be Happy,
Ready for CHARLIE?
By Bob "Bunky" Gretton
Chairman, International Clown Week)
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CLOWN WEEK (August 1-7)!
Hopefully, you are having a blast and promoting the clown
week. Take pictures , cut out newspaper articles, and
proclaim our special week to the world. Afterwards, take all
your activities, pictures, articles, proclamations, etc., and
organize them into a scrapbook to apply for the annual
If you have an active alley that has participated , your alley
should submit a scrapbook. You should submit one as an
individual, too. The individual award was created to
recognize an outstanding clown who promotes the art of
clowning whether he or she participated with alley's activities
or set out to accomplish great things alone.
A couple of helpful hints in submitting a scrapbook:
1 ) Don't overload with pictures and avoid duplication (The
committee must review each scrapbook and the same
pictures over and over again does not impress). Remember
quality over quantity.
2) Try to get different clowns in as many pictures as
possible if it is an alley event.
3) Have action pictures taken whenever possible
showing your audience rather than all posed pictures .
4) Include as many proclamations as possible but at least
Lou Jacobs honored
From Southeast Regional Vice President Toby Stokes
comes word that the late Master Clown Lou Jacobs (1901 -
1992), received a cultural award from Florida's Secretary of
State , Katherine Harris .
Says Toby: "This is the highest honor that can be
estowed on an individual in the state of Florida." The family
f the legendary Lou Jacobs accepted the award in a
resentation ceremony held at Circus Sarasota (Sarasota ,
FL), where Jacobs ' daughter , Dolly, is a headliner .
5) Newspaper articles on the actual events are more of a
resource than an article describing an upcoming event.
(Include the date of the article if at all possible.)
6) If an alley, list member names at each activity.
7) Remember that alley members who clown while on
vacation or out of town can be included in the scrapbook as
long as pictures and articles or proclamations depict the
purpose as Clown Week .
For more help on applying for the C.H.A.R.L.I.E. awards ,
log onto the website (www.coai.org) and read the info under
Special Programs/Clown Week/C .H.A.R .L.I.E . Awards . Also ,
there is information contained in the "files " section in the
eAlley Yahoo Group, under DOCUMENTATION .
Once scrapbooks are organized , send to Frank "Kelly"
Kelly, 654 Third Street, Ft. Wayne , Indiana , 46808-27 21.
"Kelly" will begin as new International Clown Week Chairman
and I will begin a new facet as co-chairman of Competitions . I
will continue to assist and support "Kelly" throughout the
upcoming transition year .
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The caring clown --
A visit with Snickers
By Ann "Tuttles" Sanders
225 Lake View Dr.
Toano, VA 23168
If you 've ever considered working as a hospital clown ,
the experience of a Virginia joey might help you get started .
He is Willie "Bill" Grosz , of Richmond , VA, who decided to
serve as a volunteer at the CJW Chippenham Medical
Center in Richmond after retiring from 35 years with the
Currently, Bill has nearly 500 hours of volunteer service
to his credit. Much of that time as been spent in grease
paint: In February 2001, after securing permission from the
hospital's volunteer services administrator, Bill became
"Snickers," a hospital clown.
Why the switch from Bill to Snickers?
"I thought it would be exciting to do something I really
enjoy," Bill says. "In the early 60 's I spent many years
working with a local rescue squad . I have always loved caring
for other people. The hospital has been a blessing for me
and has allowed me to make people laugh . Just being able
to bring a little joy into someone's life gives me great
Prior to beginning his volunteer work.Bill had to attend
he hospital 's mandatory orientation program. The training is
designed to inform all prospective volunteers as to proper
hospital etiquette, procedures governing their assigned
uties, and health, as well as safety concerns. Then,
experienced volunteers provided additional on-the-job
raining. Bill feels that, because of first being a veteran
civilian" volunteer, he gained the trust of hospital
dministrators, and that bond made the transition into
Bill's sentiments are echoed by Marilyn Herbert,
hippenham's director of volunteer services.
"Bill is the only clown that we have had at Chippenham,"
he says. "However, I would not say he has opened the
oor for other clowns. As a matter of fact, I was rather
esitant to let him come in costume, and did so only
ecause he has been in our vo lunteer program for 3 1 /2
ears and I felt that I knew him well. I had also seen BHI
lowning at comm unity events and saw that he was very
ercept ive as to whether a child was frightened of him or
"It is for the protection of our patients that we restrict
people that we do not know well from our floors. Because
clowns are essentially in disguise when they are in
character ... I only feel comfortable with people that are part of
our volunteer family clowning here at the hospital. "
Bill notes that in today's uncerta in times, the rules
governing hospital volunteers are very strict -- they have to
be to protect the staff and patients .
"You can't just walk into a hospital and start clowning ," he
says. "There are proper channels that must be followed. "
Before Snickers visits the hospital, Bill alerts Marilyn so
that a notice can be posted on the community bulletin
board .This gives health care workers time to coordinate
special visits to patients who might not otherwise be on
Snickers' route . On every trip , he tries to visit the children in
Pediatrics and the Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit. Every
situation is different, depending on the patients' needs. So
some rooms can be entered and some can't.
Snickers must always check the patient's room door for
special messages , and is alert for patient care warnings. As a
clown volunteer, Snickers has more freedom to move about
the hospital in order to locate children or other patients who
need cheering up. Even in makeup, he performs his
"normal" volunteer duties, things like running errands and
picking up and delivering laboratory specimens.
When visiting patients, Snickers often performs pocket
magic or entertains with a special toy duck that sings. He also
has a toy parrot that talks back to the youngsters. Depending
on the patient's medical condition, Snickers may be required
to wear rubber gloves. He is never permitted to touch a
patient. Snickers is quick to point out that absolutely no
balloons are permitted within the hospital. He ends each visit
by distributing "I Met a Clown" stickers.
Snickers feels that a clown is always in training. He has
attended several clown schools, including Clown Camp in
Lacrosse, WI, as well as one and two -day workshops in
Maryland and Virginia. The clowns in his alley, Virginia Alley
#3, have also provided a wealth of information and support.
Even though he works solo at the hospital, Snickers'
wife Darlene ("Snood les") accompanies him to birthday
parties, company picnics, church vacation Bible schools and
a variety of other clowning venues. They started
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... with RN Lisa Carrington
. .. with Ravinder Desi and daughter Deborah
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entertaining, out of makeup , at a
county fair by making balloon
sculptures and painting faces. At the
suggestion of one of their county fair
customers, they sought out and
attended an introductory clown class
that was offered at their church .
Bill notes that becoming a hospital
clown at the Chippenham was difficult,
but it has been worth the effort . He
recommends hospital clowning to
anyone who has what he terms "a
caring heart. " He feels you should
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never say no, never back up and always
do your best. Most importantly , he
says, "Remember to give God the glory
and go full speed ahead. "
Marilyn described Snickers visits
this way: "The whole hospital reacts
with pleasure to his visits. I think the
staff enjoys his efforts as much as the
patients and families. I have to smile
myself when I see the doctors returning
to the OR with a sticker that says, 'I Met
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a Clown Today,' on their scrubs. Nurses
and doctors from the non-pediatric
floors will often ask him to stop by a
particular room to brighten the day for
one of their adult patients.
"Bill comes to volunteer every
week, but Snickers comes once a
quarter. We all thoroughly enjoy it. And
we are grateful to Bill for going to the
trouble to get into costume and
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By Bruce "Charlie" Johnson
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Bruce is a current COAi Artist In Residence .
There is a lot written and discussed about clown
character in terms of developing your clown's fantasy
personality.There is another definit ion of clown
character that is even more important to your
success as an entertainer .Your clown character
is the integrity you display as a clown.
Remembering to say "Thank You" is a part of
that type of clown character.
Conf irming receipt
At the very least, a thank you for something
you've been sent in the mail is confirmation that
you have received it. I've sent things to people , and
not heard anything back. I didn't know if it had arrived .
In some cases , it was lost in the mail, and they were upset
because they thought I hadn't sent it. Most often though ,
hey had received it and forgotten to reply. A quick thank
you note puts the sender at ease.
Sending a thank you note is considered part of
maintaining good customer relations. Many businesses do it
routinely . After each show , I send a thank you to my contact
person . If I book the show myself , it goes to somebody in
hat family or organization. If I worked through an agency, I
send it to the person who booked the show for me. If I
booked the show as a result of a referral, I also send a thank
you to the person who referred me. I know some clowns
who send a generic thank you. One boasts that the thank
you is in the mail the day before the event. I wait until
afterwards and try to comment on something specific that
happened at the show. I find that personal touch is
important in building a relationship that can lead to repeat
One of the things that impresses me about Lee Mullally is
the thank you notes he delivers to each U-W Clown Camp
staff membe r on the last day of instruction. They always
include specific references so I know he didn't write them at
home before arriving. I can tell that what he says is heartfelt
and not done out of habit or duty . The fact that he takes the
time to write them amidst his very busy schedule makes me
appreciate them even more.
Pos itive reinforcement
Saying thank you is a type of praise, and can be a
powerful motivator.There was a dramatic increase in the
number and variety of articles submitted to Clowning Around
during my two terms as World Clown Association Education
Director . One of the tools I used to encourage that was than k
you notes . Each month I would send a thank you to
everybody who had their first article published in the
magazine . Then I selected one of the regular contributors
and wrote them a note thanking them for their long-term
commitment to the magazine and organization. I knew from
my own experience and discussions with other writers that
written feedback to an article is rare. It is easy to wonder if
anybody is reading what you write. I heard from
some of the writers how much it meant to
them to be sent an acknowledgment of
their work . I know it means a lot to me
when somebody responds to an article
I have written and thanks me for doing
Are educational articles important to
you? Is there a type of article you
would like to see more often? Is there
an author whose writing proves
particularly beneficial to you? You can
encourage them to write more of the
articles you like by sending them a thank
you . Who shou ld you write to this month?
I was a children's teacher with Bible Study Fellowship for a
year. One of the techniques I learned there was the use of
saying thank you in positive discipline . We would explain the
type of behavior we expected in our classroom , and then we
would watch for the opportunity to thank children who were
acting that way. When you reprimanded somebody for doing
something unacceptable, they often return to that behavior.
It is their method of getting attention. When meeting our
expectations was recognized as the quickest way to gain
attention , it was amazing how quick the kids were to adopt
and maintain that behavior. The application for entertainment
is to explain at the beginning of your show that you will need
some help during the show and you will pick people who are
seated , smiling , and raising their hand. Then when it is time
to pick a volunteer , you select some body who has been
doing that , and say, "You have been seated the entire time,
and I've notic.ed your beautiful smile . Thank you for being
such a good audience member . Would you like to join me on
stage to help with this next trick?"
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Thank you --
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How would you like audiences at your shows to act? How
can you communicate that to them? How can you find the
opportunity to thank those who do what you expect?
I was part of an alley in Southern California that was
experiencing decreased event participation. In each
month's newsletter, the president scolded people for letting
the club down by not supporting the activities. People
resented being treated that way , and participation continued
to plummet until by the end of the year only two of the 60
members were active. When new officers took over , they
decided to use a positive approach. Each newsletter
expressed thanks to those who had participated during the
previous month, related some of the fun things that had
occurred , and invited others to join the enjoyment. The
meetings included an "atta boy" game. A timer would be set
for a period ranging from five to ten minutes. Then members
could nominate somebody for the Funny Bone award in
light-hearted recognition for something good
they had done. To make a nomination , you had to deposit
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necklace. It was a fun way to raise a little money and
acknowledge member's contributions. By the end of the
year, average participation at events had reached 30 and
attendance at meetings averaged 50.
What would you like to encourage your alley members to
do? How can you motivate them by expressing thanks to
those who do that? How can you have fun while expressing
Alley members expect their officers to thank them . A
thank you from somebody who is not an officer sometimes
means more , especially if it comes at an unexpected time.
One year , I sent a Valentine's card to each of the women in
my alley. Each card contained a note thanking them for
something they had been doing for the club . When we did a
parade , one of the ladies always parked her car near the end
of route and had a jug of water and cups in the trunk. She
told me she appreciated my note because nobody had ever
thanked her for providing drinks and she was thinking about
discontinuing the practice. To be fair to the othe rs, they did
say thank you as she handed them a cup , but since it
seemed like an automatic response , she didn't remember
Being an officer in an organization is often a discouraging
task. It seems like the only time you hear from somebody is
when they have a complaint. It is a common practice to give
officers a thank you gift at the end of their term , but often by
then , it is too late. They have burned out. It is common for
somebody to drop out of an organization soon after serving
as president. Another seemingly thankless job is that of
convention chairman. A note of appreciation and
encouragement can sometimes make a big difference in
how they perceive and approach their job. If you want
officers who do a good job for you, you can help them do
that by providing them with emotional support.
Who has been making positive contributions to your alley
or organization? How can you encourage them to continue?
What unexpected way can you use to express your thanks?
One season when I was working at Raging Waters, the
secretary in the Operations Office was supposed to
announce the times of my shows using the public address
system. She had many other duties, and kept forgetting to
make the announcements. I could tell she resented it when
somebody called to remind her. One day, she remembered
without being reminded, so after my show I called to thank
her. She remembered to do it again the next day, so I made
another thank you call. After that I didn't call her each day,
but the next time I was in the office I mentioned how much I
appreciated her taking time from all her other demands to
make the announcements. I told her I could tell it really made
a difference in attendance at my shows. (That was true.) She
told me that when there were many different demands at the
same time she got depressed and frustrated because it
seemed that nobody appreciated anything she did. She felt
that the only things they noticed were what she hadn't been
able to do. She said it meant a lot to her that I took the time to
let her know I appreciated her efforts . She didn't miss making
my announcements during the rest of the season. At the
end of the season, I sent her a written thank you note , and
sent a copy to her supervisor .The next year she was
promoted , and because of the relationship I had developed
with her she helped smooth out some potentially difficult
situations. When people fee l apprec iated , they are more
willing to expend extra effort.
After each of my shows, I try to go around and personally
thank every person who had played some part in it, whether
it was running the sound or setting up the chairs . The show
is not about me, and many people contribute to it. I believe
establishing a good working relationship with them is
I have a BA in Technical Theater, and was on many
techn ical crews (make up, costumes, lighting, props, and
sets) in college . I observed that some performers treated the
technical crews as slaves who had to cater to the ir demands .
Those performers did get what they demanded , but nothing
else. Other performers treated the technical crews as
assistants working together to create a good performance ,
and exp ressed their appreciation for anything that was done .
I noticed that crew members tended to go out of the ir way to
give those performers extra assistance.
As a clown, I am an easily identifiable member of a group. I
believe that each time I perform I represent all clowns .
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enue have worked with Their attitude towards clowns could
epend upon their experience with me. If I can create a
ood working relationship with technical people , and let
hem know I appreciate the service they provided me, the
ext clown they encounter may get improved service. So,
ven if I don't expect to return to a venue , I still want to
reate a good impression.
It is not just the technical crew that contributes to your
uccess. Kenny Ahern has a performance style based on
udience interaction. He uses a lot of audience volunteers
in his performances. They contribute to the success of his
shows. At the end, he expresses his thanks to them by
having them stand and be applauded . It always strikes me as
an especially strong moment in his shows.
Who contributes to the success of your performances?
What kind of a relationship do you have with them? How can
you let them know you appreciate their contribution?
Saying thank you must be sincere. Otherwise , it comes
across as manipulation, which people resent. However ,
when done creatively from your heart it can make a big
difference in your relationships with those who contribute to
your success as a clown.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article.
CloWIB honorcin.ffi dead
Clowns in the Chicago area will take time off during
International Clown Week -- on Aug. 4 -- to honor the 80-
plus persons killed in the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train
wreck near Hammond, IN, on June 22, 1918.
Area clowns will continue a long-stand ing tradition by
meeting at the circus workers' grave sites in Woodlawn
Cemetery in Forest Park. a Chicago suburb. Between 55
and 60 cir-cus workers are buried at the site.
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By Margaret "Maggie the Magical Clown" Clauder
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Arlington, TX 76012
I have been performing in aaycare centers for about 12
years now. I have had lots of experience with handling rowdy
reschoolers . I use all the skills out there including bribery , "I
nly pick helpers who are sitting on their bottoms listening
uietly." And reminders , "I'm going to be looking for the
uietest person in a minute to be my helper . Who will it be?"
My best too, though, has always been to just have a great
how that will get the children's attention. But what do you
o when you need to get the teacher's attention?
In May I performed a show in a daycare where I have been
ountless times .The children there are great , full of energy,
nd always ready with a quick laugh . I was performing one of
he best shows I perform, my Mother Goose character. I had
erformed the exact same show hundreds of times in the
ast. I knew my material cold and wasn't expecting any
roblems at all.
I tried the "giving the eye" technique . I stared at them for
several minutes as I performed . It didn't work because the
two teachers never looked up from their conversation to see
"the eye". I contemplated saying something , but I decided
against it for two reasons. I didn't wish to embarrass the
teachers in front of the other teachers and also, I thought it
would look very bad for the entertainer to reprimand a
teacher in front of her own children. Instead , the next time I
needed an audience volunteer I said, "Now let's see -- who I
am going to pick this time. My, my, you all are ALL sitting so
quietly you're making it very hard for me to choose my
helper . Why, you are even sitting quieter than your
Five·minutes into the show I noticed a pair of teachers
itting in the back corner of the room, carrying on a lively
onversation . I had already told the children at the beginning
hat I would be looking for several helpers during the show
nd that I always pick my helpers from the quietest children
n the room. The children were sitting like little angels, and I
m not exaggerating . In fact , most of the teachers were little
ngels too, with the exception of those two in the very back
Had the teachers been at the front of the room I could
ave gently leaned over and whispered to them to please
e quiet during the show. But, they were in the back of a
ram-packed classroom full of about 80 children . There was
o way for me to say anything to them without every person
n the room hearing it. I decided to use the "ignore" tactic ,
hich often works on children : Ignore the bad behavior , or
t least don't reward it and it takes care of itself. After 20
ore minutes the teachers were still going at it full force ,
ven louder .
I thought this "hint" would have gotten the required
response from the two teachers in the back. It did not. They
hadn't even heard me . The funny thing was though that the
other teachers were now turning around and giving these
two the eye . It was interesting , though . The teacher nearest
to these two could have said something quietly and
discreetly to the two but she chose to ignore the incident.
As I finished my show I thanked all of the children for being
such a wonderful audience and for being "SO GOOD AND
QUIET SO THAT EVERYONE COULD HEARf" The "two
teachers did not even look up when I said this! They did not
even know the show was over until the other teachers stood
up and started escorting their children out the door!
I decided to say something to the director on the way out.
But she was out of the office . I went home and fumed all the
way. Should i say somethi ng or shouldn't I? I decided to call
the center . The director was now out sick and wasn't
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expected bacK in until the end of the week. I decided to sit
down at my trusty computer and type out a carefully worded ,
t?ctful letter. I have been clowning since 1984 and never
have I ever done such a thing. But in that many years of
clowning I have never, ever had teachers THAT rude. Oh,
have seen the occasional pair of teachers who talked for 10
minutes during a show, usually quietly between themselves .
I had never seen two teachers talk for 45 minutes non-stop
and so loud that at times I could pick out words they were
saying across a crowded room full of children.
Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the original letter , but
it went something like this :
Dear Mrs. Director:
Thank you for the opportunity to perform for your two child
care facilities . Over the years I have always enjoyed
performing for your children. They are always so sweet and
attentive when I come to your centers.
This morning I performed my Mother Goose show for
Center #1 at 9:00 a.m. It went great. The teachers and
children were absolutely wonderful and we all had a grec1.t
time , I wish I cou ld give you the same report for center #2.
We have known each other for quite some time, and I am not
a comp lainer , but I feel I needed to draw your attention to an
incident that happened today during my show in center #2 .
Two of your teachers decided to have a private conversation
during my show.
I normally woula never say a thing about something as
trivial as this. I have seen teachers talk to each other at lots of
daycare centers during shows. Today was different, though,
because they didn't just hold a quiet five-minute
conversation at the back of the room , they held a 45-minute
conversat ion! At times they were so loud that even though I
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to be my helpers. At one point I even said, "My it will be
difficult to pick a helper. You all are even quieter than some
of the teachers!" I even observed other teachers giving
them the eye to quiet down. But, unfortunate ly they never
looked up from their conversation to get the hint.
I bring this to your attention because I know that you are
trying to instill in your children good behavior patterns. Part
of instilling good behavior in children is for the teachers
themselves to set a good example on how to behave during
a performance . I do not wish to single anyone out or name
any names . I would appreciate it if you could remind
teachers that they are setting a valuable example for their
children on how tp behave during a show. Learning listening
skills is something that their future school teachers will
greatly appreciate too!
With kindest regards ,
I sent the letter off and did not really think another thing
about it, until today. I performed at both centers today as
Mother Nature. The first center went well, as usual. When I
got to the second center the director I had sent the letter to
was not in. Her assistant was . Neither one of us mentioned
the letter. I was not sure if she was aware of the letter at all.
The show went off without a hitch. In fact, it went smoother
than the first daycare show. I spotted the talkative teachers in
my second show and they sat quietly with their classes
smiling up at me and participating just like the children. I
never saw any of the teachers engaging in any
conversations. During the show one toddler got up and
decided to run across my stage. I continued on without a
word but no teacher seemed to want to claim him.Finally I
I asked, "Who does he belong to?" One teacher stood up
and I picked up the little boy and handed him to her. He sat in
her lap the rest of the show. I finished the show without any
other incident.As I was leaving the assistant director asked
me how the show went.
"Great!" I exclaimed.
"Good" , she said. "I appreciated you sending us that
"I'm sorry I had to send it," I told her. "Oh, don 't be!" she
said. "I made copies and gave them to all the teachers. You
were exactly right in doing what you did. We want our
teachers to set good examples for our children.
I left that center with a smile on my face that will last a long
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to a director .
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All you need to perform his simple yet impressive closeup
card trick is a standard deck of playing cards, a flat
surface( (such as a table or counter top), optional paper and
pencil, and an audience waiting to be entertained. With a
little pract ice and personalized patter, even those individua ls
who feel that they can't do magic, will be able to demonstrate
their conjuring skills.
Begin by handing the deck of cards to an audience
member and asking them to select 21 cards. If they so
des ire, they can also shuffle the deck. The cards they select
can be thei r favorite cards.the first 21 off the top, etc.,
whatever method of selection they choose. Adding this
feature to the trick provides you with an opportun.ity to
persona lize the trick with patter.
Next, you have the volunteer arrange the cards all facing
in the same direction and form them into a "mini' deck of 21. I
personalized this trick by having my volunteer place the 21
cards in the palm of one of their hands and cover them with
the palm of the other hand.
To add to the effect of the illusion, I place my hands, one
above and one below, those of the volunteers. I tell my
audience that I am now absorbing the magical energy from
my volunteer and am, in fact, actually reading the cards the
volunteer is holding.
You take the cards from your volunteer and deal three
cards face up, placing one beside the other in a column
fashion (Example A). These three cards will serve as the
Deal an additional card (left to right) atop the cards
already'on the table, forming the second row (Example 8).
Make sure that you place the second card atop the first, so
that you ~an identify the card already on the table . Continue
in this fashion until you have dealt all the cards, giving you
three columns with a row of seven cards in each column.
You now need someone to select any card on the table,
but not reveal to you which card they have selected. At Jhis
point, you can have them write the name of the card on a
piece of paper, fold the paper several times so that you
cannot see what has been written on it, and place it on the
table in full view of the audience. I like to do this so that the
volunteer cannot change the card they have selected, plus it
makes the outcome seem even more magical.
Have the individual tell you the column where the card
they have selected is located. When selecting the column,
you can eliminate suspicion that you are having the
volunteer reveal the selected card's identity by holding your
hand over each column and asking if the card is in that
column . Once you identify which column has the card , you
select one of the other columns , slide those cards into a pile
and place that stack face up in the palm of your hand.
You then take the column that contains the card that was
selected and slide those cards into a pile. Place them, face
up, on top of the cards already in your hand. Finally, you will
pick up the only remaining column on the table. As with the
first two columns of cards, you slide the cards into a pile, and
place them face up on the cards in your hand . What you
have done is to put the column with the chosen card in
between the other two columns.
You will need to repeat two additional times the process
of dealing the cards into three columns, identifying the
column in which the selected card is located, and picking up
the cards so that the column with the selected card is
between the other two columns
Once you have placed the cards in your hand,
think of the cards touching your palm as the
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bottom of the deck. In order for the trick to work,
ou must always deal from the top.
After you pick up the cards for the third and final time,
lace them face down in the palm of your hand. The card
hat you will be revealing with be the eleventh card in the
eck. The patter you use for counting to the eleventh card
an easily be customized to fit a fheme, reveal a special
essage, or spell out a phrase. Which ever method you
hoose,· as you spell or count, deal one of the cards face
own on the table for each letter, number or word. When
ou reach the last letter or word (number eleven) turn over
hat card. Before I start the counting process, I have the
olunteer open the folded sheet of paper to reveal if we do,
in fact, have a match.
For example, I often use one of the following sentences:
"I have ten fingers and ten toes. I hope this trick works,
so here it goes. (As I say a number, I place a card face down
on the table): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and our card is" -
without saying 11 simply turn the card face up.
"The reason that I can do this trick is because (start
ounting the cards, placing them face down on the table for
ach letter) I C-A-N- D-O M-A-G-1-C." On the letter "C," turn
he card face up.
I hope that you enJoy entertaining audiences with this
ard trick. On a personal note, I would like to offer special
hanks to Steve "Sparky" Fuller of Richmond , VA.for sharing
he basics of this trick with me.
makeup and costume , which is something I prefer , because
when I arrive at the venue I am then ready to start. I can take
as long as I like to prepare myself at home before leaving. I
will not forget anything.Before I started doing this, I once
arrived at a show without my wig. The show had to go on, so I
performed without it and felt dreadful, almost undressed.
Luckily, it was in an area a long way away and so no one knew
who I was, so I got away with it.
There is, however, one other snag to leaving home ready
to perform on arrival: The moment you leave the confine of
your home you are "on," and should be prepared for
If driving to the show (or in my case, party), there is one
most important thing to remember: You can no longer
scream abuse at fellow motorists or obscenities at anyone
who aggravates you. It is not good to use the recognized
hand signals, either, when some other driver does
something really stupid. It is not good for your image and you
are more likely to have problems later if the other driver's
child sees you at a show and is tipped off by the parent . This
can even apply to ogling passing attractive male/females .
One has to remember that you are a clown and probably
being watched. You are a clown whether driving·a clown car
or not. My car, although not a clown car as such, has a lot of
advertising on it, so I have to be on my best behaviour all the
time, whether in costume or not.
Having said all that, driving in clown does not mean you
can act like a clown. Far from it. You have to be the most
careful driver out that day. Otherwise your next appearance
could be in court for causing an accident. All the time you
are in makeup and costume, you are "on," and must act
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With the euro look the muzzle is eliminated . The biggest
majority of lip designs are done only to the bottom lip. Most
are done without the pips but some continue to use them .
Lip colors include white, red and black. If the white or red is
used, it really looks nice to outline the lip with a black make
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By Steve Conley
905 W. Ridgecrest Dr.
Kingston, TN 37763
I decided to group these two faces together since we
pretty much covered most of the basic steps of make-up
application. The European and character faces are really
nothing more than a subtraction or addition to the auguste
Let's begin with the European auguste face.The
European is the face of choice for my wife , Kim, and myself .
When Kim and I first began clowning we sampled just about
every face that could be done . We have been using the .
European face for several years now. For me it is som_ethmg
that I feel is a good look for someone who has had skin
problems in the past. I say that simply because there is no
base to apply . Instead of applying a flesh tone you don't
apply anything at all. It is your actual flesh that is seen.
A lot of caring clowns or hospital clowns use the European
face. They prefer the face because it is less frightening to
some children. Some prefer the face because it takes much
less time to apply the look simply because you have
eliminated one of the application steps.
As with the auguste , start with the eyes. It is true with the
European as with the auguste the design around the eyes is
only limited to your imagination. The circles, ovals and
square s are still the eye of choice. Most of the clowns who
use the euro look keep the white on the eyelid and do not
go above the eyebrow. Experiment with the different_
designs and find the look that is right for you . The white can
be applied with an eye shadow applicator , wedge sponge or
the tried and true finger method.
Use a black pencil or brush to draw in your eyebrows.
Place your eyebrow towards the top or the middle of the
white area above the eye. If you should choose to keep the
white below your actual eyebrow draw the eyebrow just
above it. Still keep the live eye when doing your eyebrows .
At this point you could do a number of things if you
choose. You could add some blush to the cheeks and
maybe some freckles .
With the euro face the nose can be just about anything
you would like. The only one that I have seen that I felt did
not fit was the painted on nose. It's really your call.
Your wig should be very simple. Something short would
be best if you choose to wear a wig . Most European clowns
do not wear a wig at all and go with their natural hair. A hat
could be a nice touch to your finished look.
The character face is just what it sounds like. A character is
exaggerated into a clown. A character can be a police officer,
a chef, a cowboy or girl and the list goes on. The most
popular character clown by far has to be the hobo or tramp
The makeup on the hobo clown is just an extension of the
auguste face . Start with the eyes as with the auguste . I
would say that 90 percent of hobo clowns stick with a design
around the eyes in the shape of circles , ovals or half circle
above the eye. What needs to be remembered here is that
the style came from the thoughts that a hobo riding on a
train would acquire a lot of soot from the smoke that exited
from the engine . The hobo would take his hand or sleeve
and wipe the soot from his eyes . Try and mimic that look the
best you can with your white make up. Most of the clowns
who use the hobo look keep the white above the eyelid but
it would be suitable for you to stay below the eyebrow also.
As always, experiment with the different designs and find
the look that is right for you .
The muzzle or shape around your mouth should stay
simple . Picture that same hobo on the train taking his sleeve
and wiping his mouth with it. Most muzzle designs imitate
that look. The muzzle should be white . Some clowns like to
add a little bit of black on their bottom lip. That is totally your
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call and whatever looks best for you. Make sure that the
muzzle is in proportion with your face. A second opinion
would be good. You don't want it to be too big or too small.
Your flesh should be covered in the flesh tone. As with
the auguste, the flesh can vary from a litebeige to a pink
color. Apply the flesh tone to the rest of your exposed flesh
on the face. Keep in mind that you will have a beard or five
o'clock shadow so there is no need to take the flesh down
into the beard area.
Apply your flesh tone as you would the white. Get as close
to the edges of the white as you can. Some keep the sharp
line between their white and flesh while other use the
wedge sponge or their finger to feather the white into the
flesh tone. Set the white and flesh make up at this point.
Use a black pencil or brush and draw your eyebrows
towards the top or the middle of the white area above the
eye. If you keep the white below your actual eyebrow draw
the eyebrow just above it and add your live eye.
Some clowns like to use a stipple sponge when applying
the black for the beard. Dab the sponge into the makeup
and then dab it evenly on your face. Or you can apply a thin
coat of black and then pat the stipple sponge to your face.
Some like to take a black pencil and place several marks on
their face and then take their finger or wedge sponge and
work the make up over the entire chin area. The key here,
however you choose to apply the black, is to keep it thin. Try
and make it look like a five o'clock shadow. You should also
blend the black down onto the neck area, then powder the
black with a neutral powder.
Look for a nose that would stand out and be noticeable
but not gaudy. Any style of nose could be used. You can
also paint the nose if that is what you prefer.
A tattered wig and hat would be fitting to top off the hobo
look. You can also choose not to wear a wig. Make sure
whatever you use that it be fitting to the make up style. A
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So there you have it, make up 101 revisited. I hope newer
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Five, four, three two, one, IT'S
SHOWTIME! ... But wait, hold
everything: Have you ever observed
the concert pianist rehearsing, the lead
guitarist tuning an instrument , Oi the
track star stretching before an event?
They all have something in common.
Can you guess what it is?
Have we stretched our bodies in all
areas so that if we take a spill or slip we
do not injure ourselves? Have we
stretched our vocal cords? To do that,
simply tilt your head back and sound
out vowels and various words to warm
up the voice box. Have you had some
water to drink before the performance?
Remember to bring your own bottled
A good entertainer will utilize
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be impressed that you took the time to
know where you are and that makes
them feel that your performance is not a
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event geared toward them. For
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for. Of course, sport teams and their
records are always some favorites to
mention . Just be sure to be kind and
not too insulting ,
Another important task before
opening the stage door is what is called
the "show glow." That is who you are
and how you act before and after the
performance. Are you meeting other
performers and members of the
audience before the presentation?
Show glow is a simple smi!e or feeling
that people observe and remember
about you. They do not wish to see
someone worried, rushed or abrupt to
them. Chill out, as they say, enjoy the
journey and know that first impressions
really do count. So do your best, and
remember that you are always on, and
above all .... the microphone is NEVER
Before opening the stage door , be
prepared by considering the following
items. Carry a small handkerchief in
case of emergencies, such as cuts, or
other surprises. Include this in your
entertainer emergency kit. It should
contain paper clips, black markers,
flesh-colored adhesive strips, super
glue, black tape and the like. Each of
these items will come in handy in stage
When possible, do your homework
beforehand. Pack additional
performing material. You never know
when you might be asked to fill in for an
unexpected or extended amount of
time. Are you prepared for a welldeserved
encore? Will you be ready?
Just imagine what a great help and
relief to the conference producer you
would be.Do you know approx imately
how long each routine lasts? Have you
practiced your timing?Check to see if
you need any extension cords. What
kind of microphone are you using, and
do you know how to operate it?Who is
introducing you? Do you have your
intro prepared? What about the
lighting? Have you marked the floor
where the audience will be able to see
you? What kind and color of backdrop
are you performing in front of? You
should be wearing a contrasting color
so that you don't appear as a floating
Your last bit of preparation before
entering the stage is to pray.
Remember to thank God for the great
job that you are about to do. Thank Him
for the joy of laughter and wonder that
you are about to bring to that very
special audience. Now, open the door
and break a leg!
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Robert will be missed by his family and friends.
Maria 'Chiquillina' Shank
Maria Barraza "Chiquillina " Shank, 38, of Rogers.AR, and
her stillborn son, Bryan Francisco
Shank , made their last walkaround
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in Springfield, MO .
Sally Vee 'Sassy' Johnson
Sally Vee "Sassy " Johnson , of Post Falls, ID, made her
last walkaround April 7,2002, after a 15-month battle with
Sally is survived by her husband .Ronald E. "Honker "
Johnson , five daughters , 11 grandchildren and a great
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Rogers, where she served as
alley director and vice president.
A sweet person who loved
clowning, she will be missed by
• ----~ her many friends.
Roger 'Duffer' Kennedy
Roger "Duffer " Kennedy, 62, of Venice, FL, made his
last walkaround April 24 in an auto accident.
A member of COAi, Roger started clowning in 1968. He
was a member of Clowns Like Us Alley #303 , Englewood,
A retired banker, Roger and his wife, Susan , moved to
Venice. He received the "Volunteer of the Year " award from
Englewood Elementary School , where his wife taught. He
will be missed by family and friends .
GORDON 'Uncle Goo' TOWLE,of
Arvada, CO, made his last walkaround May 9, 2002 . He was a
victim of stomach cancer . and very dedicated to Christian
Robert 'Boppo' Stoddard
Rol'.>ert "Boppo " Stoddard , 84 , of Duncanville , TX, made
his last walkaround May 7, 2002 .
He was born May 16, 1917 , in Carbondale . PA. and is
survived by his wife of 51 years , Lou Flowers -Stoddard , two
sons , six grandchildren and eight great grand children .
Robert served in the Army Air Corps during World War 11,
was a freelance writer and performed as clowns "Boppo " and
"Honey " for 15 years . He was area director for the Texas
Clown Association and for six years edited the Joey Journal.
Salley was a member of the Wee Bee Clowns,N.W. Alley,
Coeur D'Alene, ID, and a volunteer in the KMC Smile Squad.
She was an active caring clown, working in hospitals and
throughout the community .
Sally's memorial service, at Calvary Lutheran Church in
Post Falls, was a clown service . All members of the alley were
on hand to hear Uncle Bobo give the Clown Prayer. Balloons
were released in her honor . She will be sorely missed by
family and friends.
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Tom twisted balloons into
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One day he brought in red
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finding to Judge Tom
McNamara who only shook his head. "You're a sick bunch ,"
he told the jury with a chuckle .
Tom is a member of Electric City Clown Alley #285 in
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Ladies and gentlemen , and clowns of all ages , let me
state this loud and clear: The clown lives within you, not
around you. Your costume and props complement what you
do but do not make you who you are: a clown. A costume is
simply that, a costume.Fabric, which allows you to pretend to
be something. When you put on your clown garments, they
should be your clown 's clothes. But unless you know who
and what your character is, it is impossible to put on the
clothes. What practicing and living the art allows you to do is
to transition from wearing a costume to putting on your
clothes. And what an incredible difference there is in your
inner confidence as well as the presentation of your
character to your audience. ·
By Jeffrey B. McMullen
PO Box 2411
Appleton, WI 54912
Over the past 25 years of clowning in the circus ring, at
fairs, schools, and in the living rooms around the world I have
met several thousands of clowns (and "want-to-be" clowns)
who say to me, "Gee, I wish I could do what -------------.
There is only one way I am aware of to achieve this sort of
"solidness" and that is to practice your character
development skills 24f7. Live it with passion and
commitment. Keep in mind these two specific points:
+ You never get bette r if you only practice
after you book the job .
you do," and my standard response is,
"Well, with years of practice you could , get the next job .
oo." Truth is, they can with practice. The
biggest setback I see in clowning today is
a lack of commitment to learning the craft.
All clowns want the praise, the
cceptance of the audience and payola ,
but few are willing to pay the price.
chieving success in clowning is not
aving the cash to buy a great outfit or the
ewest magic or foam props , but rather in
simple non-tangle skill called
ommitment. Commitment to practice , that
To be more specific -- practicing the art
f being a clown -- developing your
haracter . Keep in mind, please , that a
lown is the most multi-faceted performer in the performing
rts. Allow me to explain. You do not watch a wonderful
allerina and then go backstage and ask the performer if
e/she would sing you a song or tell you a joke. Nor would
ou expect that of a musician or actor. And yet, audiences of
oday expect a clown to juggle , do magic, sing, tell
tories/jokes , and make a balloon animal.
Let me go on record: These are skills -- they really have
othing to do with being a clown. Granted , a clown may do
hese things but they do not make him/her a clown. Nor
oes a costume. I see it time after time . A beginner clown
oes to a clowning convention or training session and the
irst place they head after registration is the costume rack.
hey buy lots of brilliantly colored fabric sewn in all sorts of
+ You limit your talents if you only
learn just what you have to know to
So how do you start to release this inner force?
Trust me, it is there. You just need to figure out
how to bring it out. Listed below are three
simple but invaluable tools you can start to use
today to discover or rediscover the true clown
that is within each of us, that is ... if you are
willing to pay the price.
1. Discover and become the best you .
The best practice time you can have is doing
normal everyday things as your character. It is
hard in today's hurry-up-do-it-now schedule
that most of us have, to schedu le actual
practice time. Of course , that time is important
-'---' as well; however , we can all practice 24f7 if we
look creatively at our time. Try doing the
dishes, going up stairs , vacuuming , cutting the lawn, folding
clothes and so on and so on-- all in character. This is a simple
way to start to think, move and shape ~our character . This is a
great tool for experienced clowns as well.
2. Keep a box of silly items on the kitchen
table. One exercise that has proven beneficial to me, time
after time is to continually exercise the creative part/side of
my mind. I know numerous people who have naturally
creative minds. I, however, am not one of them. I have to
work at it every day. One conditioning tool I use is to keep a
box of items (comb, tooth brush, marbles, buttons, etc.) on
the kitchen table. Every time I pass that point throughout the
day, I have to stop, reach in and grab an item and use it some
way the item was not intended to be used. Example: If I reach
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the box and grab a comb, I may pretend to use it as a rake
a football field with all the fans yelling at me to hurry. This
ill is critical to allowing you to use what is around you in
eryday life in extraordinary ways , ways in which the whole
rld can become your prop.
3. Cartoons and videos. Watch and emulate the old
rtoon characters. Walk, talk and move with Elmer Fudd as
hunts Bugs Bunny, Be the Road Runner or Coyote.
w you cannot simply watch and learn, but you must literally
nd up and move with the characters. When they jump,
u jump. When they do a double take , you do a double
e. This exercise allows you to have some of the best
0vement coaches in the world at your command any time
u want. After all, as clowns we are often referred to as
ing animation. Watch, move, learn, explore and grow!
These are three simple tools you can use to discover
d define your clown character. I encourage you to spend
re time on your character development than you do any
her skill. I say this because we first must be clowns. Once
ur character is defined you can add the other skills . But be
clown who juggles, not a juggler in a clown suit.
By being the best clown you can be, you never have to
rry about trends in the industry. For true clowns still do the
me thing they have done for thousands of years: Make
ople laugh at the world they often take for granted. What
clowns from a thousand years ago and clowns of today
share in common? A solidness of understanding of who and
what they are and what their mission is. This understanding
of "inner character understanding " is only gained through
making a commitment to practice this incredible art of mirth
making. So make the commitment and enjoy the rewards!
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should have received your notice advising you of
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Membership dues renewal notices and liability insurance
renewals for the membership year of July 2002 to July 2003
were mailed to everyone May 24, 2002 . If you have not
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How to conduct
By Mary "Polka Dot" Sidehammer
H.C. 64, Box 50
Ligonier, PA 15658
Death is a very sensitive subject; one not usually found
in clowning literature. But dying is a part of life, and whether it
be a child you have entertained or an adult with whom you
shared the clowning art, you may be asked to be a part of
that person's last celebration of life.
What do you do? Where do you go for source material?
Being used to providing laughter and silliness, how do you
now provide a dignified service that honors the life of the
deceased and still include a bit of humor? Having recently
been faced with the death of a fellow clown for the first time,
a dedicated group of clowns designed a solemn program
that lent decorum to the occasion , honored the deceased ,
satisfied the minister and still provided a light touch of
As guests arrived for the service, each was pinned
with a loop of black ribbon with a pompom glued to the
center. After everyone was seated , taped hymns were
played. When it came time for the actual service to begin, the
minister spoke a few words about the deceased from the
pulpit, then called us forward. To the strains of "Amazing
Grace," each of us, in clown, processed slowly and reverently
up the center asile in single file carrying lit white candles.
Upon reaching the casket , each candle was blown out and
placed in a colorful basket held by the last clown
With all the clowns standing across the front of the
sanctuary , the middle clown stepped forward and read a
prepared eulogy , followed by a poem describing the
person's life. Then each of these readings were presented
to a family member. Either or both of these readings may be
original or obtained from an already written text .
Since a clown is the personification of color, color was
the theme chosen to represent the qualities of the .
deceased . The middle clown held a change bag pre-loaded
with a 30-foot silk rainbow scarf. Each of the other clowns
held a 1'2-inch silk in individual colors of red, blue, yellow ,
orange , purple and green . Each clown spoke of the color of
the silk as it pertained to the deceased and when finished ,
dropped 1t into the change bag. The dialogue began with a
Red and blue;yellow and green ,
These are colors we all have seen.
And they tell a story right from the start
Of what can be found in a loved one's heart.
Red is the color of love and we are all touched by each
other's love , especially that of the deceased. Blue reminds
us of the sea and water and how it supplies a basic need in
our lives, and much like the sea, the deceased met many of
our needs. Yellow is the color of the sun, and it provides us
with warmth and joy. To be in our loved one's presence was
to experience warmth and joy. Orange is bright and sparkly
and reminds us of a fountain of laughter; and we were
.----------------, abundantly with
our friend 's wit.
Purple is symbolic
of the cross and
the trouble we
life. It also reminds
us there is always
somebody to help
us through the
rough times. All
we had to do was
• call, and our friend
was there . And
green , the color
of springtime and
new life, from
seeds to new
reminds us we
never know when
we might touch a
life or create a
new one . And our friend planted many seeds and touched
many hearts . And so we celebrate his life. The next time we
see a rainbow.we can think of this life, and all the joy and
laughter he shared with us. How blessed we were to have
Then , the pre-loaded rainbow scarf is produced and
placed in the minister's hands. At this point , another clown
distributes long-stemmed red roses , a flowe r made with a red
pompom in the center, to the family members. Red sponge
noses could be substituted just as easily. Then the
assembled clowns return to the back of the church in single
file as the minister completes the service. As the guests file
out of the church, they are given a copy of the eulogy and
poem that was read during the service.
At the cemetery , pearl ized white , helium-fil led balloons
are given to each guest upon arrival. After the completion of
the committal service , the balloons are released to the
There are many adaptations that can grow from this
suggested service . Whatever you include, be sensitive to
the needs of the family and celebrate the deceased's life in a
dignified manner .
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~--------------, Happy Harry worked together like
hand in glove. Along with George
"Mr. Gee" Galewski, the four
became the "Top Bananas." In the
1980s they were the premier clown
group in the Midwest. Two of their
most exciting responsibilities were
the children 's area at the Wisconsin
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By Judy "Perky" Cox
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Hunter "Mr . Boots" Stevens
concentrated deeply on applying clown
makeup . David "Duckweed" Cox came
through a back door . "Hey, I thought it was
time for the show." Hunter replied, "I'll be
ready in a minute. Have some fun with our guests ." Soon
Mr. Boots said , "Let's get this show started!" A burst of
applause welcomed Mr. Boots as he introduced himself and
Duckweed . Clown show magic had begun .
Long-time members of COAi know the background of
Hunter Stevens. Born in Philadelphia, he met his wife
Eleanor (Babe) during WNII while at the Great Lakes Naval
Training Station. They've lived in Milwaukee since 1946.
Now they winter in Florida. Hunter, Randy and Rod are their
three boys. Rod's two children are special joys .
In 1946, a friend asked Hunter to be a birthday party
clown. He bought a carnival-striped jacket and a big tie and
put on his "lipstick" makeup . Because of this party , he
learned he had an alter ego that wanted to do wild and crazy
things . After a couple of years , he answered an ad for a
clown convention in Delavan, WI. He received an application
to join Clowns of America and became associated with the
Milwaukee Metro Clown Club, Alley #37 . The Hunters ' dog,
"Boots," was the inspiration for his clown name.
Respectfully, a girl in a kindergarten class called him Mister.
"Mister Boots" was born!
Hunter was on the board of GOA and help reorganize it
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vice president , and was president of COAi from 1986 to
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Two of Hunter's mentors were father and son, Harold
"Happy Harry" and Bruce "Blinkey " Nelson . Mr. Boots and
In 1988, Hunter was part of a group
of 13 clowns invited to England by
the English Clown Club. He was
extremely impressed with their
professionalism. They have no
parade "rain days." Out pops
umbrellas , women pull out their
baby carriages , put on a plastic
shield for the babies and watch the
parade in the rain.
A memorable time came for Mr.
Boots in a nursing home . As he
spoke to a lady, she began
jabbering. Someone exclaimed, "Mary 's talking! " The woman
had been comatose for over a year . Word got out .they took a
picture of Mr. Boots and dubbed it into a video of this lady,
added the song , "He Touched Me," and narrated the
incident. They talked about how cures happen because
laughter helps people who are ailing.
The achievement Hunter 's most proud of is "Just being
a clown .... I've had lots of awards, I've been president, I've
been a founder , but all these things have to take second
place to just being a clown ." His words of wisdom : "Never
stop learning ; it's out there if you want to learn it and it's out
there if you want to do it."
David and I were privileged to be asked to work with Mr.
Boots. He said he had been a clown for a long time and was
ready to do his last gig. The birthday party of his housing
complex would be his formal goodbye to Mr. Boots . He
needed someone because his partner, Happy Harry, had
passed away. David eagerly agreed to take on his partner 's
role. The show ended with Duckweed giving Mr. Boots a
slapstick ending and saying , "This is the end of Mr. Boots ,"
and the end of the show. Applause that followed was almost
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congratulations given .
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him will always live in the minds and heart of those he has
touched . Jack "Freckles" Anderson said, "Thank you for
being one of the tent pegs that has held COAi together . It
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By Karen "Peppermint" Reinholt
As performers, we receive calls for a wide variety of
entertainment venues. Accepting these jobs, most of the
time, is fairly normal and routine. However, there are
situations when there might be a question as to whether we
should accept a particular job or not. Let's look at some
situations that might arise and when we need to know when
to say no.
A mother called the other day to book a clown for her son
Sean who was turning two. As with all two-year-old
birthdays , I always ask the parent how their child is around
clowns. If they've never been around a clown before, I ask
how they reacted to Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or other
costumed characters they might have seen. If the parent
tells me that their little one absolutely loves clowns, that's
great. If, however, the parent tells me that their child
wouldn't have anything to do with Santa or any other
costumed character , I usually gently recommend that they
wait another year.
This particular mother told me that they'd hired a clown
for her Sean's first birthday and he had reacted fine. The
clown they'd hired wore almost no makeup (a little color on
the cheeks and long eyelashes) . She'd made the decision
not to hire that same clown because she was concerned that
the older children would be bored watching the exact same
show two years in a row. So, she wanted to hire someone
else. The problem was that her son doesn't like clowns now.
She tried to show him pictures on web sites and all he'd say
was "no, Mommy, no". She also had taken him to the circus
and he screamed when he saw the clowns . I explained to
her that her son was fine last year as most one-year-olds
usually will be. They are just taking in all the excitement of
the party" atmosphere surrounding them . When they turn
two they are more aware of how different a clown looks from
"no;mal".people and some may become shy or scared. I
recommended that she wait another year to hire a clown to
Why did I feel it necessary to say no? First of all, I don't
want to subject a child to a situation that might cause them
fear or concern . I'm sure each of us have been in the
situation at some point where a parent is approaching us with
their child and you can see the fear in the child's eyes.
Some of these parents have a tendency to downplay or
ignore their child's reluctance to get too close . They'll ~alk
right up to us and expect their little ones to accept us without
reservations . This is difficult for some children to do. They
need to have their space respected and observe us from a
safe distance initially. When we see that look in a child's
eyes, the best thing to do is have the parents stop a short
distance away to let the child warm up to us. Or take a step
backward to give them the space they need to feel secure
while getting used to how we look. I remember one time a
father actually spanked his little boy when he held back and
didn't want to get too close to me. I quickly assured the dad
that it was perfectly okay for his son to need some space and
time to get used to me. It broke my heart!
Another reason for saying "no" to perform at Sean's party
was not wanting to subject myself to having to try to perform
in an extremely difficult type of situation. Early in my
clowning career, I booked a party for a two-year-old and didn't
think to ask if he liked clowns or not. When I arrived , he took
one look at me and ran out of the room screaming. Several
of the other two year-old guests followed his lead and ran
away with him. I spent a lot of time just trying to assure the
birthday boy that I was a nice clown and coax him back into
the living room where the other party guests were waiting . I
finally left him in the kitchen and started the party.
Eventually , he and his followers rejoined the party and were
fine. But this was one of those situations that you don't want
repeated; so you try to learn from the experience. What did I
learn? I learned to question the parents of two-year-olds at
the time they want to book the party .
But knowing when to say no isn't restricted to two-yearolds
. Let's take a look at another birthday scenario :
"I'd like to book a clown for my son's birthday" the Mom
said on the phone. "He's turning 15 and all his friends will be
here. I want this to be a surprise !" I asked if she knew
whether her son would want a clown for his birthday, or if it
was that he just really loved clowns. She had no idea; she
thought it would be a funny thing to do. I asked if she knew
whether her son's friends really liked clowns . She didn't
My concern, as I explained to this mom, was that having a
clown surprise for a 15-year-old teenage boy might be
embarrassing in front of his friends. Peer pressure at that
age can be brutal. · 1 explained to her that I perform for ~"-ages
and I would be delighted to do this party, on one cond1t1on.
She would need to ask her son if it was okay. I knew this
meant it would no longer be a surprise for her son , but felt it
was imperative to get his permission for a clown to perform at
this get-together with his friends . I asked her to call me if he
said yes. She never called back.
So, how do you respond to this? Is it okay to question a
job like this? Is it okay to turn down certain events? I'd like to
look at other performance scenarios when you should
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.Saying no --
From page 44
think twice before saying yes to jobs like this; when you
know to say no.
The person calling wants to book a clown to paint faces,
make balloon animals, perform a show and run games for
their event. They're anticipating 200 children and they want
the clown there for two hours. My standard, light-hearted
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and gives me the opening to explain what can be done with
the number of children by how many entertainers in how
Sometimes the event coordinator really doesn't know
what's possible and what's not possible. Other times, it's
their budget constraints that play a part in what they can
afford to hire. But we should never agree to a job when we
know we can't do what they're asking us to cio.
In my early years of performing, another clown booked
me to work a picnic with him. I was supposed to paint faces
while he made balloons; then we were both going to run
games and each perform a show. We were contracted to be
there for three hours. When I arrived, there were 150-plus
children there. I knew immediately that what he'd promised
to do could not be done. I didn't want to disappoint anyone,
so I stayed extra time to get all the face painting done. I did
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help with the games , but he agreed to do the show while I
continued painting .
There are several problems that can result from staying
extra to get everyone painted. One is that you're working
extra time without getting paid. Another is that the client
might expect to get that extra time for free in the future; or
not even be aware that it was a problem, causing them to
book that way from now on. I discussed this with the
performer who booked me. Apparently, he was comfortable
with booking his events like this. ·
I personally feel that this is doing a disservice to the
company and to the entertainer(s) as well. You shpuldn't
promise the moon when you know you can't possibly deliver
it. You have several options. One is to educate the event
coordinator, letting them know what can be done with the
number of children anticipated at their event. Most of the
time, they 'll get the approval to extend the time you'll be
there or increase the number of entertainers they're willing to
hire to get the job done. Other times, adjustments will have
to be made in what you can do.
Just the other day, one of my corporate clients called. In
the past, they've hired two clowns plus three face painters
for five hours. The two clowns started with meet and greet,
then made balloons and finished up with a 30-minute
comedy magic show. The face painters worked full time to
accommodate the large number of children. This year.
unfortunately, their budget had been cut considerably.
They wanted to cut the clowns down to three hours and the
face painters down to two hours. However, they wanted the
same things done as in the past!
It is our responsibility, as the professional entertainer. to
explain why it is impossible for this to happen in situations
like this. We ended up with some compromising on both
ends. The clowns would start with meet and greet, then
perform a 45-minute show, then provide strolling
entertainment. We eliminated the balloons all together. We
added a fourth face painter and scheduled this to be done
for the last two hours of their picnic, assuming that some
people will have left by then, leaving fewer children to face
paint. In addition , I told them they would need to provide
someone from their company to be responsible to enforce
cutting the line off . That way, no one would blame the face
painters or give them a bad time. Not the best or ideal
solution , but one that we could both work with.
I would rather work with the event coordinator ahead of
time when we're planning things to make sure that their
event is the best it can be. If you agree to anything they ask,
knowing it won't work , you'll be setting yourself up for
frustrations and the children up for disappointments . Take
control and know your bus iness well enough to know when
to say no.
And, as always, have fun with your clowning!
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Reservations made after September 9, 2002 will be provided on space avai lability at the prevailing rate
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The New Callbpe
July/August. 2002 ·
Quartet of clowns pays respects to
workers who died in the 1918 Hagenbeck
- Wallace Ci rcus train crash.
Traditionally, Chicago -area clowns
honor these circus workers during
International Clown Week Aug . 1-7
Clowns shown at grave site memorial
(from left): Nancy "Belle" Petritis,
Bill "Pesto" St. John, Bob "Tic Toe"
Shaaf , Susy "Pancakes" Kleinwachter.
See story page 23.
Paid at Bluffton, OH
Clowns of Amer ica International
Richeyville , PA 15358
July/Aug . 2002
Volume 20, Number 1