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It: How Performers can get “It” and keep “It”

What is “It” than makes a performer shine? What is “It” that makes that one person stand out in the crowd and get a standing ovation? “It’s” not the costume and make-up. “It’s” not the skills or the props. “It’s” not their presentation skills. In fact, “it’s” not even talent! Although these things are important, the answer is much deeper and has to do with class, charisma, personality, stage presence, communication skills, and a fun and lively attitude towards their art form. Consider these Standouts When Leon Mc Bryde walks on a stage the audience immediately falls in love with [...]

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Good, Bad, or Ugly? Clown Commercials are a Trend

It seems that clowns are a trend, at least when it comes to commercials. Last week we featured a story that discussed the Walmart Clown Ad. Not to be outdone, kgb has released it’s own commercial featuring clowns. In case your not familiar with the kgb service, the idea is pretty simple. Use your mobile phone to text a question to the kgb service and for 99 cents you get the answer texted to your phone. Their selling point is that kgb is more efficient that searching the web. The commercial, which is rumored to be airing during this year’s [...]

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Economic Downturn Hurts Children’s Entertainers

What’s a children’s entertainer to do in a shrinking economy? While business is up for a few, according to a couple of articles at the MiamiHerald.com, the economy is shrinking what parents are willing to spend on their child’s birthday parties.

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3 Things You Can Do to Create a Fear of Clowns

“Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you?” was the question asked by Gary Lewis and the Playboys back in 1965 as they sang on the Ed Sullivan Show. And it’s a great question for those of us who entertain as clowns to ask as well. Throughout history, people have loved clowns. But recently there seems to be an increase in the number of people who fear clowns. What could be causing people to develop such an aversion to red-nosed entertainers?

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Top 5 Questions on the Business of Entertaining

I have just taken two honesty pills and washed them down with a cold Mountain Dew. I am ready to bear my soul and be realistic with five questions that need to be addressed.

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Makup Tip from Bubba

If you apply Mascara to your eyelashes, place your mirror on the counter top, bend over and apply your mascara while looking down into the mirror. Those little black specs of mascara will fall onto the mirror instead of your clown makeup leaving you a spec free face. It’s easy to wipe the specs off the mirror…… Enjoy.

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Pick Me! Pick Me! How to Select Great Volunteers

Choosing the right volunteer to have as an assistant or helper on stage is critical to the success of the performance. The right child on stage can make a show, the wrong one can leave you wishing you had stayed home. Here are a few ideas that help insure you get just the right person so your presentation goes well.

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No Magic, No Balloons, No Face Paint, Oh My!

Here’s a controversial statement: Not every show we do should revolve around balloon art, face painting and magic. Too many times we, as clowns, put too much stock into the “old stand bys”. The result, many performers have shows that look a lot like those of other entertainers in their market. Yes, I know a lot of time and money has gone into face paints, balloons and magic props, however, I think that in order to be competitive in today ‘s market you must be more than a

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Answering Machine Fun

Almost everyone uses an answering machine or service. Consider adding a little humor to your message. For example, “If I am unable to answer the phone it is because I am

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2 Things That Will Help Your Audience Remember You

In last week’s installment of this series, I discussed the need to develop a trademark action or saying that our audiences will permanently associate with us and thus, remember us. For example, the hundreds of cannibal jokes that “Cannibal Cannon” used more than three decades ago that still ring in my memory today. This final chapter of the article will focus on two more qualities we can infuse in our characters and performances that will help create lasting memories with our audiences.

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