Labs & Jams

juggling clown campWhat’s a “Jam” or “Lab”?

You will see these two words frequently repeated on the schedule. These are opportunities to work on your skills or learn new ones in a unstructured environment.

In the decades of clown camp, we’ve discovered that everyone has something to share, and there are always new things to learn. Lend a helping hand, have patience, and be open to constructive criticism.

Not everyone picks up a new skill the first time they try it. When you allow yourself to fail, you will find that learning is more fun. So go ahead — don’t be afraid to try something new!


clown makeupMake Up Labs –

There will be multiple opportunities to try different faces and designs in the Garden Room everyday. A clown’s make-up is their own trademark. Come to an environment where you can further develop your clown’s unique persona.  Gene Flaharty, Tricia Manuel,  and others will be on hand to help, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance or new ideas! Bring your own make-up.

face painting clown camp

Face Painting Labs –

During rehearsal times when you are not rehearsing a gag, or watching and learning from others rehearsing, we have several labs set up for beginning and advanced face painting. Gene Flaharty and Annette Darragh will help you get started, and then you can practice, practice, practice! Some labs are demo, some are hands-on, but all are super learning opportunities. Bring your face paints and join the fun!

clown juggling school

Juggling Labs

These take place every morning outside. Christopher Hudert and Neal Skoy will help beginners make their own practice juggling balls to keep. Laugh while you learn from the staff and from each other!  Bring your rings, pins, and other juggling props to improve your moves. 

clown camp balloons

Balloon Jams

These take place every afternoon at different times and locations. Annette Darragh will be there to lend a helping hand. Stop in to brush up on skills or start from scratch. Balloon Jams are great opportunities to share ideas and pass around tips.  Bring your own balloons and pump. 

magic linking rings

Magic Jams

Late at night as things are getting quiet, you can get together with your fellow clown magicians and trade secrets, tips, techniques, and stories as you share in the magic possibilities. Fred Baisch will moderate two of the nights and we’ll leave one night for you to share on your own. If there is a trick you’ve bought but can’t figure it out, this is the perfect place to get some help.