Can clowns be patriotic, and yet still be funny?
How do we show our patriotism in our appearance or performance?
If you are a clown with pink hair, then you might think it unreasonable or impossible to change over to an entirely red-white-and-blue costume for jut one parade a year.
But there are other ways to show your patriotic pride on the 4th of July and other American holidays, such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans’ Day.
As most of you know we had our Uncle Sam hats on sale recently, and many of you took advantage of our offer. If a hat of that size doesn’t fit into your wardrobe you can add a fun star headband in blue or red sparkles.
It’s okay if it doesn’t match your wardrobe. It is a fun accent piece sure to get attention.
Red white and blue socks are another way to draw attention to your American spirit! We have them for sale online.
Show them off to your audience:
“What do you think of my new socks? I put them in the washer with my flag — and look what happened!
Respect for the Stars and Stripes
After showing your socks, or whatever else your parade bit might be, then use it as a teaching moment if the time seems right.
“That’s silly, isn’t it?! But we do need to treat the flag, the symbol of our country, with respect. We never let it touch the ground; we fold it in a special way; and we always stand and take off our hats when it comes by in the parade!”
Does it all sound a bit too serious for a clown?
Don’t worry; we are multifaceted magical creatures.
If your patriotism is important to you, then it is more than appropriate to wave Old Glory!
Just for the fun of it!
Are you a balloon twister? Learn how to make a star, and add it to your regular balloon hat. Be sure to stock up on red, white, and blue balloons, and keep them cool.
Are you doing a parade or walk-arounds? Get some stars to give out. You know, those cheap gold stickers that teachers put on papers!
Are you having a booth at a carnival or event? If you are a face painter, this is a great time to use the Patriotic Prisma BlendSet with a sponge or a big flat-edge brush. It’s so handy to just have one cake, instead of needing to dip into three separate pots.
Add a quick spritz of spray-on glitter to make your design sparkle!
All supplies mentioned are for sale at Pricilla Mooseburger Originals website: shop.mooseburger.com
Here are some star-spangled face paint designs we found on Pinterest:
Are you doing a stage show about the United States? Need something to add to your routine?
Nothing could be more appropriate or easy than the “Mismade Flag”. Include this classic trick to your show during July to be sure! This silks routine can be used at shows done for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, too.
It is a simple and fun routine you can do with a change bag or a change tube. It is easy to master. It involves mixing up the colors of Old Glory until you finally get it correct.
At the end of the routine, you can get the kids to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
If the kids don’t know it, that’s another teachable moment. Say it for them and tell them to ask their parents about it. We all said it every morning at school!
Fred Baisch and Rex Nolen carry this magic trick for $45.00. They have them in stock, as well as the change bags.
Sale inquiries can be made by email:
Fred Baisch firstname.lastname@example.org
Rex Nolen email@example.com
What are your favorite 4th of July Parade bits?
Which of your walk-around props gets the best reaction from the crowd?
How do you prepare your balloon/face painting business for American holidays?
I would love to see photos and hear about your success!
Post them below in the comments.
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