Perhaps the most recognizable nose is the humble red foam nose. As round as a ping pong ball, as squishy as a marshmallow.
Cheap to buy, easy to store, and fun to give away.
…But what else can you do with a red sponge ball besides wear it?
We have two great walkaround prop ideas, plus an bonus tip if you dabble in magic.
Fresh Picked Noses
Sweet Connie Kennedy from the BrickTown Clowns in Oklahoma shared this idea with us.
She had a square egg carton to hold 3-dozen, put it in a sturdy box, attached a purse strap, and hung it from her neck.
A big version like this is great for long parades; there is nothing to carry in your hands and the letters are big enough to read from across the street.
Our local clown club, The Clown Arounds, took the idea and changed it a bit for more close-up clowning, like in nursing homes.
The smaller the carton, the easier it is to pack and play. You could even use those little half-dozen cartons.
I like having the signs either laminated or in a clear plastic page protector. We attached the signs to the cartons with paper clips.
This is a super-quick, super-simple prop you can make with house-hold items.
Using Fresh Picked Noses
We used 1.5″ foam clown noses, but you can use any size (as long as they fit inside the egg-shaped space). I have seen this prop also made with spray-painted ping-pong balls.
Some people like to have the noses sitting loose in the carton so they can give them away, while others glued theirs in.
Occasionally you will come across an audience member who just doesn’t get it. So I would recommend having at least one nose NOT glued in, with the opening pointed up, so you can easily stick your finger in it, and twirl it next to your nose in an action like you’re picking your nose! “Get it?”
If you plan on giving them away, you can ask an audience member: “Would you like to pick your nose, or may I pick it for you?”
If you are using it as a quick joke for walk-arounds, you can bark out a sales pitch “Freshly picked this morning!” and then mime your finger along-side your nose, twisting it like you were picking your nose, giving a wink to your audience.
This makes for a great parade prop or walk-around prop. Just have fun with it.
A Dozen Long-Stem Red Noses
But a nose is supposed to smell!
How to make a lovely bouquet:
- Take a dozen fake roses (found at any craft store) and remove the petals.
- Then pierce the stem into a red foam nose. Use hot glue or graft glue if you’ll be using these in a gag and waving them around.
- To finish off the look, tie the bouquet together with a beautiful ribbon, or put them in a vase with some greenery.
- If you are going to give them as a gift, don’t forget to tuck a silly card into the flowers, saying something goofy like “Long-stem red noses are swell, even if they don’t smell. They will never wilt on your shelf. I picked these noses myself!”
You can bet on your grateful recipient holding onto their “Dozen Red Noses” for a long time to come!
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You can buy a bag of 50 red foam noses for just $24.50
Red Sponge Ball Magic Tricks
But you can tell the difference by touch, so it’s easy to switch them out in your pockets or bag. Make the red sponge ball disappear, and then produce a red foam nose to give away to your stage helper.
Or start with the red foam nose on your stage helper, take it off, palm it in exchange for one of those special red sponge balls that turns into other things (rabbit, square, jumbo ball, changes color, multiply them, etc.), and then turn it back into the red sponge ball, giving it to your stage helper in the form of the red foam nose again.
There are plenty of videos and books teaching magic with sponge balls. Do a little research, do a lot of practice, and you’ll be ready for pocket magic whenever the opportunity hits.
I would love to hear how you have used a basic red foam nose in your clowning.
Please post a comment below!
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