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Patrick Page’s Book of Visual Comedy

Patrick Page's Book of Visual Comedy
book review of  Patrick Page’s Book of Visual Comedy – Essential for the Entertainer, Comedian, Magician, Clown, Speaker, or MC  I really enjoyed  Patrick Page’s Book of Visual Comedy, and I strongly recommend it to any clown.   Bear in mind that clowning is a  performing  art—a clown...
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Clown, by Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly as Weary Willie
book review of  Clown, autobiography of Emmett Kelly  Clown, Emmett Kelly‘s autobiography (written with the help of F. Beverly Kelly) is a very warm, friendly biography of the famous tramp circus clown.   It is told in a very homespun style, as though Emmett Kelly was sitting across...
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Dewey’s Gospel Clown Skits / No 1

Dewey's Gospel Clown Skits #1
Dewey’s Gospel  Clown Skits / No 1 by Ralph G. Dewey Paperback (September 1986)  On the one hand, there’s not a lot to this book — it’s short (30 pages), small (5.5″ x 8.5″), composed of typewritten pages with some illustrations. On the other hand, there’s a  lot...
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Dewey’s Gospel Cartoon Chalk Talks

Dewey's Gospel Cartoon Chalk Talks, by Ralph Dewey
Dewey’s Gospel Cartoon Chalk  Talks by Ralph G. Dewey Paperback (June 1979)  A very nice, and very useful, pamphlet, showing the basics of doing chalk talks, as well as several specific examples. Draw one image, add a few strokes, and change the image & drive home your point....
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Dewey’s Gospel Balloon Routines/No 3

Dewey's Gospel Balloon Routines #3
 Dewey’s Gospel Balloon Routines/No 3 by Ralph G. Dewey Like the rest of the series, this book is a compilation of Ralph Dewey’s “Good News Balloons” columns from Christian Conjurer magazine, edited, updated and supplemented by new material. It’s a very nice resource, which I recommend to balloon...
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Dewey’s Clown Gags and Giggles

Dewey's Clown Gags and Giggles
Dewey’s Clown Gags  and Giggles  by Ralph G. Dewey Editorial Review of Dewey’s Clown Gags & Giggles:  Dewey’s Clown Gags and Giggles contains plenty of comedy ideas for clowns and other entertainers. Loaded with ideas and gags for “walk-arounds” or parades. It includes comic stunts, funny one liners,...
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If I Were A Clown

If I Were a Clown, by Floyd Shaffer
If I Were A Clown by Floyd Shaffer  An incredibly excellent book! Not a how-to manual, but a presentation of issues dear to a clown’s heart. Filled with anecdotes of Mr. Shaffer’s many years of clowning, it’s an   excellent resource. Even if you’ve never clowned and never...
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See It, Now You Don't, by Bill Tarr
Now You See It, Now You Don’t : Lessons in Sleight of Hand — by Bill Tarr, Barry Ross (Illustrator)  There are basically two types of magicians — gadgeteers and finger-flingers. Please note, this is not meant to insult either group. A gadgeteer tends toward self-working magic —...
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Modern Coin Magic

Modern Coin Magic by J. B. Bobo
Modern Coin Magic, by J. B. Bobo  Are you interested in adding magic to your clowning? If so, bear in mind that there are two types of magicians: “finger flingers” who rely on expert manipulations, and “gadgeteers” who rely on props to appear magical. Both have their pluses...
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How to be a Compleat Clown

How to be a Compleat Clown, by Toby Sanders
 How to be a Compleat Clown, by Toby  Sanders A truly wonderful book, regretfully now out of print. I first read it several years ago, and found a copy in my local library, allowing me to write this review. In fact, I was so loathe to not have...
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