It all started with the question “What do you mean you can’t be a clown?!”
There are not many week-long clown schools available in this country where you can learn all the basics to be a clown. Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp is celebrating it’s 20th year in the summer of 2016.
Here is one of our touching success stories sent to Annette Darragh, one of our instructors who was with us in the 1990’s and recently rejoined the staff. Each of my clown camp instructors are hand-picked for doing what they do best. Thank you for bringing out the best in our campers, Annette!
I remember these events in this touching story very well as Bob and Ranaye became very good friends and helped me with the Great Clown Adventure (the clown convention I used to produce in Las Vegas).
When our students leave camp, many of us never hear back from them and we don’t know how they have used what they learned. It’s so nice when someone lets us know. It makes all the hard work worthwhile. Thank you, Ranaye!
Here is the letter she wrote to Annette:
My name is Ranaye Marsh and my husband’s name was Bob. I don’t expect you to remember me but you might remember Bob. He was in a wheelchair and came to camp with me. We were good friends with Frosty Little and he told us we had to go to Mooseburger Camp if I wanted to be a real clown.
Our first afternoon, I attended class and you sat and visited with Bob. You discussed your health issues and encouraged him with his disabilities.
Bob came to camp not to be a clown but to learn how to make props for me. But I came back from class and you had turned him into a clown! I wanted to thank you for asking Bob “What do you mean you can’t be a clown?!” He had a ball the rest of the week.
We continued clowning for years as Little Pat and Toolz. He turned out to be a much better clown than me. He wasn’t afraid to incorporate his wheelchair into the act. One year he built a calliope using his chair for mobility. Cutest thing! Other people took pictures to show them to family members with disabilities to let them know they could do things, too.
Well, I wanted to thank you for the joy you brought both of us and many other people turning Bob into a clown. Mostly, the change you made in Bob was remarkable.
You meant so much to Bob. He thought you were beautiful (inside and out) and as a clown. He kept your business card on his mirror until he died. Thanks for being there for him.
Bob passed away Nov 5, 2013. We had his clown picture up on display with the casket.
I quit clowning when Bob died. We were a team, and my character died with him.
Now, two and a half years later, I’ve realized how much I missed clowning. I’d given away all our clown things except for costumes. I’m recreating my character with the new name Sapphire. (Our clown alley is the “Gem State Jesters”)
Thanks again. You will never know how much you meant to Bob.
If you are reading this right now and feeling like Ranaye,
please give me a call: 320-963-6277.
It is difficult to put on the red nose after a loved one passes away. You will need time to grieve, but know that there is a healing behind the grease paint. Clowning can be wonderful therapy, but don’t rush it.
When you are ready to be a clown again, Mooseburger Camp will be here for you.
Read what campers had to say about our “clown boot camp”!
Take a look at my other article dealing with tough emotional issues.
- How to cope with grief and keep clowning
- When “funny” isn’t enough – Dealing with depression and suicide
- You never know who is watching who might need your smile the most
- When accidents happen, performers need to be flexible
- How to prepare for an emergency in your clown club
- How to say “no” when you are overwhelmed
- Dealing with transitions in your life
- Are you brave enough to make a change?
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Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277