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Counting the Cards

Counting the Cards – a clown skit for 2 or more speaking clowns

Counting the Cards is a skit for two (or more) speaking clowns, that can either be used solely for fun or to teach about patience and/or perseverance.

The skit begins with one clown seated at the middle of the stage, with a card table in front of him, and with a big deck of cards on the table-€the bigger, the better.   Remember, not only do we want the audience to see the cards, this is a clown skit after all.   Clown #2 enters the stage and addresses Clown #1.

Clown 2: Hey, Clown 1!   It’s an emergency!
Clown 1: What kind of ‘œC’?
Clown 2: No, no!   I’m supposed to do a magic trick for the kids, but I forgot my deck of cards!   Can I borrow yours?
Clown 1: (holding up giant cards) Well, I suppose so … but I’m not sure if they’re all here.   I have to count them. (Begins counting the cards out quietly, ‘1, 2, 3′, …)
Clown 2: A few cards short of a full deck, huh?   (pause) Say, how many cards are there in a complete deck, anyway?
Clown 1: (looks up from his counting) 52.   (continues counting) 53, 54, 55 … oh no!   I’ll have to start over.   (restacks the deck, starts over) 1, 2, 3, …

Clown 2: 52 cards, huh?   And there are 4 suits, right-€hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds?
Clown 1: Yes, 4.   5, 6, 7, 8 … oh no!   I’ll have to start over!   (restacks the deck) 1, 2, 3, 4 …
Clown 2: So, math tells me there are thirteen cards in each suit.
Clown 1: 13, 14, 15, 16 …. oh no!   I’ll have to start over!

(depending on the purpose of the skit, it can end at this point with a simple chase, or in a Church setting they can talk about how God made 4 seasons, with 13 weeks in each, and 1 year with 52 weeks, etc.   In the same way, a clown troupe could be used instead of just 2 clowns, with a different clown walking on with a different question, etc.)


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