Ask for and accept tips in a way that is fun and leaves a tactful impression
We have a guest author this week! Vince Pagliano, of Clownfest fame, recently shared this great idea on how to accept tips with panache.
He was kind enough to let us re-post it here on Mooseburger Newz.
This is a wonderful example of how to use your clown skills during Halloween WITHOUT the risk of dressing up as your clown character. Thanks, Vince!
Dear reader: Please leave a comment below with your best bits for accepting tips.
It’s all in how you say it
Some times the best bits of business fall right into your lap.
Last week I was working open air making balloons as “Freaky Franky”. I had long lines of people and I like to play with the crowd rather than being just a balloon machine. Actually, I did two gigs with this character and set up.
Occasionally someone gives me a tip. This was a paid gig and the customer owed me nothing. As will happen the customer gave the child a buck to pass onto the performer. I guess the thinking is — well, I never diagnosed the passing of the buck through the kid. But it happens a lot.
So the youngster hands me the buck.
“Oh thank you” I snapped in happy surprise.
“Watch” I went on to exclaim (serendipitous moment) and I took the dollar and opened it fully up to be seen by all.
(This move was part of the trick but it told all the others that I accepted tips.)
“WATCH!” I then began to fold the bill over and over making each fold a dramatic magical move. The dollar finally was the size of about a quarter.
Next I did a magician’s move called the “French Drop”. Holding the bill up clearly for all to see between my thumb and forefinger of my left hand. I then made a move with my right hand that simulated grabbing the bill into that hand. Next, I held the right hand towards the face of the child and exclaimed,”BLOW!” He did, and voila, the bill vanished.
Actually the palmed dollar bill was locked all the while under my left hand, fingers wide open, parked on my knee. (I was seated.)
WOW! The eyes of all were popped wide open.
Now that alone was good enough, but the best was yet to come.
Here’s the best part…
…smiling wide I then said, “Ya wanna see that again? Go get another dollar!”
The audience reaction is too good to miss.
Try it yourself. A big exclamation, “HA!” from the audience. Loads of laughter on my parting FUN words at the end of that trick.
To finish the trick, I had a vampire bat hanging over my head that I reached up to with my left hand and retrieved the bill, completing the trick, thanking them once again.
Not every bill was a single or a one, by the way.
Again this routine just happened to me. I repeated it as many times as I could get away with it.
I just put it in print to share with you.
But moreover it is a note to myself to remind me of this great little bit of business to get a laugh. It plays quick and it is unexpected. I hope I never forget it.
Keep the laughter coming!!!
PS: You may add this in your routine. I ask only one thing, please share with me how it went for you. Thang-Q!
Dear reader: Please leave a comment below with your best bits of comedy/magic for accepting tips!
How do you organize your balloons for line work?
“Freaky Franky” and his Monster Balloons –
My new balloon kart is perfect. It’s a beach kart with all kinds of storage and big wheels to go anywhere. Plus, it folds down in a snap. The tree limb is held up in the karts umbrella holder. I LOVE MY KART!!!!
I keep other balloons in 16 oz. cups in the kart. So when I run out on top I can quickly grab another cup of balloons from the storage area under the kart. I also use 5″ Halloween face balloons from Dave Hill. Faces like Franky, Drac, Jack-O-Lantern, Skull and more.
To use them I make a quick and simple tri-fold flower and plant the round balloon in it’s middle. It’s quick and looks great.
A Note from Pricilla Mooseburger:
I have been clowning for around 30 years. From clowning in hometown parades to riding elephants in the circus to teaching at clown conventions it has been a great time!
As events come and go one of my favorite events over the years was Clownfest at Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Every year at the lovely Aztec Ocean Resort we would gather on the Jersey boardwalk to laugh, learn, and laugh some more!
Vince Pagliano was the head of Clownfest with a very long and distinguished clown pedigree. Recently he sent this fun and informative Halloween email. I asked him if I could share it with all of you. Of course he said Yes! Enjoy!
(Miss you, Vappo! How about a Clownfest reunion?)
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