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Clowning tutorial

Do you want to be a clown? Do you want to know  how? Here’s a series of tutorials on how to do that: (more…)

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Clown shopping after Christmas

Clown shopping after Christmas — Many people know that the day after Christmas is the largest shopping day of the year — but if you wait a little bit longer, you can pick up some props that may work for your clowning.

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Halloween posts

Different people have different opinions on Halloween — here’s some articles on the subject that you may enjoy:

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Under the Big Top : 100 Years of circus music, by the Great American Main Street Band

Under the Big Top: 100 Years of Circus Music

Under the Big Top: 100 Years of Circus Music, by the Great American Main Street Band

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Under the Big Top : 100 Years of circus music, by the Great American Main Street BandThe songs included on this CD include: (more…)

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The Use of Timing to Make Your Humor Connect




Humor is one of the most effective tools for connecting with an audience. It builds bonds and refreshes the mind. And although the right words can make people laugh, humor is more than just words. As speakers, we learn that the impact of humor is heightened by how you say it, what you do when you say it, and how you use silence … the pause. The pause adds punch to the punchline!

One of the reasons the pause strengthens your laugh lines is that it builds tension. There is a relationship between tension and laughter. It’s easier to use comic timing when you understand that relationship. So let’s examine the link. (more…)

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Delivery Vs. Content

Which is more important? Content (the words) or delivery (the style)? That would be like asking: When creating an oil painting, what is more important, the paints or the technique of the artist? The truth is you need both. One without the other produces no art. And content without delivery, or visa versa, usually gives you no humor.

The three most important aspects of delivery that help me drive home my observational humor are: (more…)

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You’re not a real clown! or are you?

You’re  not a real clown! or are you?

A recent posting in the Forums triggered a thought, which resulted in this article –  what do you do when some darling child says, “You’re not a real clown!”  I recently had this happen when my alter ego,  Raynbow D. Clown, was entertaining children at a wedding reception. At the very beginning, a child yelled out, “You’re not a real clown, ‘cuz I can see your skin!” I had made a mistake applying my makeup, and had left a large patch of skin visible on my neck — €”what to do now? I smiled at the youngster, made a childish face and said, “Oh yeah? Well, you’re not a real kid! (pause for audience reaction) I bet you’re a midget in a kid suit!”€

After about 10 minutes of clowning around, I asked the youngster if I was a real clown — “Oh, yes!” he said, and the other kids agreed, which made me feel much better :o) Part of the reason that things went so well was that I’ve had several years of clowning experience under my belt, and was secure in my own skin — in short,  I knew that I was a clown and that knowledge gets transferred to my audience. But how do you get that security? (more…)

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Taking Your Humor To The Next Level

Taking Your Humor To The Next Level – part of the Humor Power series

Here are some specific things you can do to sharpen your humor skills: To see the humor around you and to deliver it from the platform with punch. (more…)

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Be a Clown - the Complete Guide by Turk Pipkin

Behind The Red Nose – Therapeutic Clowning

Behind The Red Nose

By  Carole Fawcett

Therapeutic Clowning in the Okanagan

“The arrival of a good clown exercises more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than of twenty asses laden with drugs.” As far back as the 17th Century, when Dr. Thomas Syndenham made this comment, we knew that laughter was beneficial to our health. The Bible even recognizes the benefits of humour. “A Merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bone” (Proverbs 17:22) Our society has given credence to diet and exercise almost to the exclusion of a sense of inner well being and joy.

With their colourful costumes, friendly painted faces and big red noses, Jest for Caring of Salmon Arm, Kalamalka Caring Klowns of Vernon, and Caring Clowns of the Central Okanagan of Kelowna all have the same objective in mind. They are therapeutic clowns who give away large dollops of fun and laughter by telling a corny joke, (Why did the boy put his pet duck under the mattress? So it could swim in the spring!!) offering to do a “nose transplant”, handing out bookmarks, laughing and giving hugs to everyone they meet. They are compassionate listeners who also leave a trail of giggles behind them. Clowns offer positive change in an environment that can be sterile and isolating. As a matter of fact, it has been noted that the energy of a ward is changed once the caring clowns have visited. They make it safe for people to get in touch with their inner child. The warmth and caring that the clowns emanate is not just for patients. In these challenging and changing times in health care, clowns can help to alleviate the stress for staff and patients alike. (more…)

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