I need to learn Spanish – a practical thought
For the past 3 years, my wife and I have been fortunate to clown at the Willman Industries company picnic in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. In addition to “clowning around”, my wife spends the bulk of her time face painting the children there, while I make a lot of balloon animals. A comment that my wife made on the way home was that, “I need to learn Spanish.” (more…)
Many years ago, my brother Don was playing volleyball with some friends from New Jersey. Now, my brother is a heavily-built man; he was a football player and heavyweight wrestler in high school, and he looked it. Despite his build, he was extremely competitive, and was dashing around the volleyball court like a bird, repeatedly spiking the ball into the face of our friends. They thought that they were good at volleyball, and repeatedly discounted his repeated scoring against them by saying “That shot was a fluke … that was another fluke … more flukes … heâs just fluky, that’s all!” With an enormous grin on his face, as Don spiked the winning point, he exclaimed “You have to be good to be fluky!” (more…)
God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform …
Earlier this month, my wife & I had written a short clown skit about blessings, where the gist of it is a clown crying out to God, expressing his needs, and asking God why he isn’t ever blessed — while different individuals keep interrupting him to bless him with food and other things, all the while being indifferent to how God is answering his prayers. Ever have one of those moments where you’re preaching to yourself, and don’t even realize it? (more…)
This morning, I was reading in Matthew chapter 19, and the following leaped out at me: 13. Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15. When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
It’s a Bible story that we’ve all heard many times, how the disciples thought that Jesus was too busy for the children, and Jesus corrected them. But what struck me this morning was that it was after He placed his hands on them, He went from there. Jesus was waiting to bless those children before He moved on to the next place.
As clowns, do we realize the job, and privilege, that we have in bringing children to Jesus, so that He can place His hands on them?
Are you a verb or a noun? A challenge
Last night, I returned from the IM1-UR1 Men’s Conference where, among other things, the former Green Bay Packer Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (KGB for short) gave an excellent presentation and challenge. In a nutshell, he told the story of how he was raised Muslim, by his Nigerian father. Although his Nigerian mother converted to Christianity after they moved here, KGB wasn’t impressed by the Christians he met in his early life. They lived more sinfully than he did, and whenever he asked them a challenging question, such as “Where does the Bible say that Jesus Christ is God?” they simply didn’t know. He described these people as nouns.
Is Rush Limbaugh a Clown?
Recently, the New York Times (among a host of other media outlets) has begun painting Rush Limbaugh as a clown, in order to discredit him, as well as give President Obama a figurehead Republican to rail against. Unfortunately, as happens all too frequently lately at the New York Times, they write on a subject that they haven’t done their research on – clowns. (more…)
Clowns in The Twilight Zone
Clowns in The Twilight Zone – Throughout this website, I have numerous book and DVD reviews, with links to Amazon.com I receive a commission on every sale, which helps support the website. However, once someone leaves FamousClowns.org and goes to Amazon.com, I receive credit for anything that they buy on that particular trip. Which, financially, is fine; however, sometimes I get some really odd items that people buy there. Yesterday, however, I was pleasantly surprised. (more…)
Today, November 15th, I was hired to perform as a clown at a couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. It was a very nice family, and they had hired me to keep the children entertained — and I decided to entertain the adults as well. Everybody had a good time, and I received a tip on top of it, so everyone must have been pleased.
Some people think that all clowning is clown ministry, and I think that there’s a grain of truth in that. For example, I view it as an opportunity to show that there’s laughter, and happiness, in life, with the implication that Someone is behind that. In a secular event like the wedding anniversary, I need to leave it at that.
However, sometimes you give as a clown, and sometimes you receive.
If my Dad hadn’t passed away a little more than a year ago, today would have been my parents’ 50th anniversary.
My younger children (ages 11 and under) are big fans of the Disney Channel’s tv series, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody — which I have to admit, I’m not. However, I’ve long been a fan of Brian Stepanek, who plays the custodian/inventor/geek Arwen on the series — he plays his part as a true clown, and he’s very funny to watch. He’s now starring in a series of silent short (5 minutes) episodes called Brian O’Brian, about a well-intentioned goof who gets in (and out) of trouble. It’s non-speaking, allowing him to communicate visually, as well as having the benefit of allowing Disney to show the episodes in America, Italy, Japan, etc. on their various cable TV properties without the need for translations or subtitles.