Ah, the ubiquitous give-away. It’s a freebie that you give to an audience member. It’s hard to be a clown without giveaways. Many folks use stickers, googly eyes, or anything small, portable, and cheap.
Foam cut-out letters are quite popular: Black I’s, Brown E’s, Free B’s, Gray V’s, Green P’s, Pink I’s, Red E’s, etc.
Kids love to get a gift from a clown.
But it can get expensive if you’re heading to a parade of 4,000 people!
What if you forgot to order stickers and you have an event tomorrow?
What if your usual giveaways are just out of the budget for this year?
Here’s a quick and cheap give-away solution:
Get a big roll of double tickets. You know, those “KEEP THIS COUPON” or “KEEP THIS STUB” kind for raffles and drawings.
You can find colorful rolls of 2,000 ranging from $6 to $11, depending on where you look. Plenty of places sell these: big box stores like Wal-Mart or Party City, office supplies stores like Staples, or online at Oriental Trading or Amazon.com.
If you do any of those giant parades, like Milwaukee’s “Great Circus Parade”, you might go through a roll in one day!
An entire roll can be bulky to carry around for a small event, so have a strip of a hundred or so clipped to your belt.
You can even make your own mini roll:
Tape the first ticket around an empty paper towel tube, and wind it around tightly a few times until you have enough for that day’s event. Trim the tube to fit in your pocket or bag, and you’re ready to go!
Okay, so you’ve got the give-away. Now you need the patter.
You know, those little jokes to go along with the bit. I’m sure you can think up some really goofy stuff, but here are a few to get you started.
You can act like a ticket taker:
YOU: “Tickets, please. Show me your tickets, please.”
THEM: “I don’t have a ticket” or “What ticket?”
YOU “Oh no! You don’t have a ticket?!?” *You look side-to-side guiltily, as if to see that no one is looking at you.* “Here…you had better take this one. But if anyone asks, I didn’t give that to you!”
Take it one step further:
Attach a small hole-puncher to a lanyard hanging around your neck or on your belt. Now you are ready for when the kids come back to you with the ticket and want you to do something else. You could use this bit before your Birthday Party as an ice breaker.
Give every child a ticket and then punch a hole in it, saying “There. Now you are official. Remember, keep that ticket. It’s official now. You wouldn’t want to be caught without an official ticket.”
The more serious you are, the better. Just the sheer silliness of it is fun!
They might ask you what it is good for.
Shrug your shoulders and say: “I don’t know, but it says KEEP THIS STUB — so it must be important!”
They are perfect to hand out for free shows or parades! Who wouldn’t want a ticket to an already-free show?? It’s great fun to confuse people.
And for less than half a penny per interaction, you can’t beat the price.
What are some of your favorite low-cost and easy-to-make give-aways?
Post in the comment section below!
Need more fun walk-around props and give-away ideas? Check out these blog posts:
- Make an iPod “pea pod” phone prop
- Cute bit for RING-A-DING-DING
- 2 Ways to use a foam red nose (other than wearing it)
- What to give away to promote your clown business or club
- I Love a Parade – A link to all our articles about paradability
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