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 a copy in my library, I went and bought a copy myself at Amazon.com (about 5 minutes ago, as I write this). Why? What makes this book so good?
Several things. It’s written from the perspective of the clown, aimed at neophyte & beginner clowns. It has both a wide exposure to different aspects of the art with chapters dedicated to: what makes humor funny, clown character, clown make-up, costuming, physical comedy, equipment & props, juggling, puppetry, balloon animals, and more. In addition, each chapter is detailed and informative; for example the chapter on clown magic is 35 pages long, with several excellent illustrations, and instructions on how to create several magic props and the clown skits to go with them. As an example, there is a classic magic trick with ropes, known as The Professor’s Nightmare, which retails at a magic shop for $10+ — instructions for performing it are include, along with diagrams — saving you $10.00.
If for nothing else, the book is worth purchasing for the ‘how-to’ instructions on creating the numerous props. But then, the entire book is a gem. My only complaint is that it’s not long enough (although it’s 270 pages) — you simply want even more of this excellent resource.