1. Ryan Weaver

    After reading your three sources of comedy I was reminded of something I came up with a little over a year ago that was intended to help me with writing stories. I attempted to distill each of the broad emotions into the shortest possible description of what elicits that emotion. I think that every one of these could be used as an aid in displaying clown emotions and reactions or manipulating an audiences emotions.

    Funny – the unexpected.
    Silly – the unexpected in an absurd way.
    Happy – things are as they should be.
    Confused – things are not as they should be.
    Sorrow – things are not as they should be from an empathetic viewpoint.
    Wonder – things are beyond what they are expected to be.
    Angry – things are not what they are expected to be.
    Sad – the loss of something close.
    Fear – the anticipation of something terrible happening.

  2. Jesse Recker

    Thank you for continuing to publish these newsletters! I love to read them and it also helps us (at least me) to remember some of those old standby bits and walk around gags!

  3. Mona

    I suck at magic so I purposely flub “magic” tricks when I visit the retirement home nearby. Want to see a card trick? Well – I accidentally show them all the cards are the same – gets a laugh and I have been offered a room at the home a few times 🙂 I also have done the glue a red nose to my mirror (but that mirror walked off) so I need to do it again since I carry two for face painting.
    During face painting I had the teens laughing last week by my answers to their questions. “What are your options?” – well, I said “With or without cheese?” – my facepaint sheets were on the table and the glitter tattoo stencils were displayed on the other side of the table. Her Dad told me she overlooks the obvious and I had her staring at me for a few minutes mouth agape while her friends and Dad laughed. It’s like she got stuck in my absurd comment. I got a big hug and she said I made her day. One kid said he was joining the Navy so I convinced him to get a US Army glitter tat in cammo to mess with his Mom’s head. It looked great! Told him just because we were in one service doesn’t mean we don’t support all of them!
    BTW – It’s a pleasure to get to see Terry Ricketts as often as I do. He is an awesome guy and great clown inspiration.

  4. Iris Whittaker

    I’ll be buying a belly button duster when I get to camp. . I wear a home made button that says “Smile inspector” and carry a magnifying glass in my pocket. I ask the kids or a parent to smile for me; then I pull out the magnifying glass and check out the smile. Of course, their smiles are approved and they get a “Smile Approved” smiley face sticker to prove it. Not a lot of laughs just lots of smiling faces and thank yous.

  5. Jack Kramer ("Polyester")

    An old-fashioned feather duster is a great prop. I’ve used it to give people the “dust off”, to dust the fire engines when they stop during a parade, and to help “clean up” behind the horses in a parade. You can also use it with small gray-colored sponge rubber rabbits to dust off people’s “gray hairs”. I got a couple of blue feather dusters at WalMart.


    excellent ideas thanks for sharing them! I love the fresh picked noses! I will use that idea in my next clowning gig at church, hospital, or nursing home. I am going to try to do a parade this year with the grandkids. I will give out free b’s with a
    Bible verse on the back. I Live in a very small town in the mountains of NC, so these ideas will be brand news to our folks. I DID get a phone cover, paper pad, and wiggly eyes from the dollar store to make an eye pad that is cute.


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