I am a true professional circus clown, having toured with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. I've performed for audiences from 6 people to thousands at a time! whether your affair is a birthday party for 10 children, to a company picnic or Church picnic of hundreds, I can handle it. Although I don't clown around like I used to, I do use my experience as a clown to entertain children of all ages with my magic shows and balloon creations. Hire me, and let me turn your special occasion into a magical one!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Specialty performers insurance
What to Expect
package one-magic show: comedy magic show with audience participation. if venue permits, music is added. Package two: magic show with either make up demo (demonstrating how Ringling clown applies face (this becomes a question and answer segment), or circus clown workshop, where audience gets to learn bits and techinques of clowning, leading up to performing their own routine (referred to as a "gag"). Package three: all of the above! I usually arrive one hour early to set up, then change and perform at agreed upon time.
I am a former Ringling Clown. I attended Ringling Clown College in '85, and travelled with the Greatest Show on Earth for 3 years. I've been a professional clown for almost 30 years. I've travelled in Sweden with another circus, Cirkus Olympia, for one season. Since my circus days I've played for school shows, birthday parties, company picnics, church picnics...practically any family friendly venue. my expertise is in physical comedy, but I do magic and juggling for audiences of all ages and numbers. if the venue allows, (outside, large hall, auditorium) I can do larger shows with lots of slapstick and clown like mayhem! smaller venues (living rooms) obviously must be scaled down, but is no less spectacular! I offer a chance for the party goers to experience what it's like to be a circus clown. In the larger package deal , I instruct the children and children at heart how to deliver a clown slap, how to do falls, spit takes, various other circus skills, leading up to developing an actual clown "gag" (routine). I also offer the chance for audience to see the process of putting the face on. it becomes a question and answer session, and is fantastic for those who may have phobias about clowns...they can see the real person under the greasepaint! I've found that this helps put to rest any fear of clowns, and shows we are just real people too! for the complete package, from application of make up, to audience participation, to final magic show, the audience gets a different perspective of clowning. Let me help bring out the clown in you at your next event!
Additional Booking Notes
if space permits, I'll need an outlet to plug my equipment in. I travel with backdrop, sound system, mic and speakers if needed. I arrive one hour before to set up. Some monitoring is need to make sure curious little hands are not exploring my set up. I set up first, then change before performance, unless doing the make up is part of package.
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Influences & Inspiration
the Ringling clowns, of course! Red Skelton, Buster Keaton, Three Stooges, all play roles for my choice of occupation.