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  1. Iris Whittkaer

    On my journey as a volunteer Christian Clown working mostly in churches, I have found myself in the position of developing new characters to meet the needs of the congregations or minister. Originally, the only clown make-up I knew was the white face whom I had been told never spoke. So when a need to speak came up, I learned to become an auguste so I could talk. (Later, I learned that wasn’t the truth and my white face found her voice.) Further down the road, there was a need for a “down on your luck ” clown so “Mz 4 Tune” was born. I have been privileged to have them all. I now switch back and forth as the mood strikes me or the situation dictates. They have all allowed me to keep my creativity flowing and give me great pleasure. It is amazing what changes necessity can facilitate.

    Tricia, My clown training began with books and one clown. I am grateful to you for Moose Camp and all the work you put into the newsletters. Quality clown training is hard find. You have made it easier!

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    • Aw shucks, just doin’ my job, ma’am.
      Seriously, though, I LOVE my job of educating clowns! This blog has made it so much easier to keep in contact with my clown family.
      Your clown journey sounds like a lovely, winding road. No two clowns’ paths are exactly the same; but everyone ends up right where they are meant to be.
      Keep up the great work, Iris!

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  2. After 20 years in whiteface, I came up with a lite version of my clown persona for a couple of reasons. Hot flash menopause, sweating my whiteface makeup off in the hot humid NY summers, and customers requesting less makeup. I tried an Auguste look at Mooseburger Clown Camp painted by the wonderful Marcela Murad! But I personally did not like the look. I bought a few glitter heart noses from Jim Howle, some Eye Candy glitter eyeshadow, I bought a Dorothy dress pattern and fun material, new shoes meant for nurses in fun colors, some super cute socks from Mooseburger, and three new colors of wigs. JoJo Lite was born! I love being able to blow my nose (it’s the little things…) without ruining my makeup. My customers love it so much, that I’m only hired in whiteface a few times a year anymore. Change is good! This is a great article! Thank you Tricia for your wonderful newsletter!

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    • Thanks so much for reading the blog, and for letting me know how you went through the transition, JoJo. Sounds like it went smoothly for you, and you were able to get everything you needed for your new character. Good for you! Keep in touch and let us know how “JoJo Lite” is working out for you.

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