Hello, and welcome to the weekly Clown-Ministry mailing list. This is just a short note to let everyone who’s interested know about new additions to the site, and related information.
And the big news this time around is — the web site is back up as of last Friday around noon CST — my thanks to everyone’s patience. Also, my thanks to everyone who responded after the “mini-update” last week. As I look for permanent work, I do covet your prayers for myself and my family. Please understand that I do know that God is in control, and that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ” — and we’re continuing to stand on the Rock that does not move :o)
And now, back to our regularly-scheduled newsletter.
2. New skits on-line
None this week, but working on 2 different ones that should make it on-line later next week or early next week. As always, if you have an original skit that you’d like to contribute, please send me e-mail & I’ll cheerfully post it.
3. New Articles
Added quite a bit recently. Added biographies for Groucho, Harpo and Chico Marx, as well as reviews for their most famous movies (Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, A Night in Casablanca) — whew! Also added a short article on Fear of a Clown, and how we as practicing clowns can try to prevent it. Also added reviews of 2 DVD collections of Red Skelton’s TV show – King of Laughter, and AMC TV’s The Red Skelton Show. I strongly recommend the AMC collection to all of my clown friends — it contains 14 episodes of Red’s TV series for under $10 — a lot of bang for the buck there. Also added a review of a DVD of the live-action Bozo show from Boston.
Q: How does a Gospel clown transition from the zany antics of being a funny, silly clown to one who is delivering the Gospel message to a child without the make-up, costume etc getting in the way. I guess what Im asking is how after the skit, juggling, magic etc, do you then become this serious message bearer in costume? (from Jack Osbon <josbon at mastersweb dot org>)
A: It’s a wonderful question — I’m going to open it up to the readership to answer. I can only answer for myself — my character is childlike, and I present the message as a child would tell a friend — I stay in character, and present the Good News not only seriously, but joyfully.
5. Web Site of the Week
A site that I’ve been meaning to mention for a long time – http://www.clowncostumes.com/ — Costumes by Betty. Betty Cash, aka. Peewee, is a wonderful clown and an even nicer person, who makes wonderful outfits and accessories for clowns. I first met Betty at Clown Camp in 1998, and she was an enormous help to both my wife & I in designing our costumes. Take a moment to visit, and tell them Tom sent you :o)
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Thanks for listening, and bump a nose!
“Clowns work like aspirin, only faster” — Groucho Marx