I perform a 30 minute show consisting of magic tricks, basic juggling, a puppet and a make-believe flea as Vanilla Swirl, the clown (optional). Followed by 30+ minutes of handing out twisted balloons. My act goes over best when it is done sitting on the floor or ground, an arms length from the children. Face painting and microphone are available upon request.
What can you expect ? I arrive 15 minutes early, in clown make-up. Set up is a minute. I can fill some time with twisting balloons if needed while kids arrive. I do not lead the party from beginning to end but rather make balloons (or face paint) off to the side and do my show in front of the group in whatever sequence.
Pete, Vanilla Swirl, was great! He arrived early and made balloons for the kids. He started his show and it lasted about an hour. The kids loved it! They were laughing and screaming through the whole thing. She’s ranged from 1-10. Great for all ages! After the show he stayed and made more balloon animals. We can’t wait for the next party so we can use vanilla swirl again!!! Thank you helping us make nates first birthday party a huge success! 💕
Vanilla Swirl was early and came in and got set up. Until the actual show time he made balloons for the kids. Show started and the kids loved it and even when Santa came in they didn't even notice due to them being so attentive to his show. After the show concluded, he stayed for a few extra minutes and made more balloons for the kids. I will hire him again for next year's party and would highly recommend him for anyone's event.
We had seen Pete perform a bunch of times and loved it! That’s why we asked him to come and entertain the kids at our son’s 3rd birthday party. He was amazing as usual, yet gentle and accommodating of the toddlers who tried to gang up on him haha.. The adults as well as the kids thoroughly enjoyed his magic show and we were left with tons of twisted balloon puppets of different sizes and shapes, all custom made for the kids (and adults :P).
He is one of the most genuine people I have ever met, it shows in his performance, and I would gladly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a fun party entertainer!
Vanilla Swirl (Pete) was great with my daughter and all my guests (5-7 years old). He was fun, sweet and patient. He had a great show with a bunch of tricks Ive never seen before. Would DEFINITELY reccomend this awesome performer.
Vanilla Swirl showed up right on time as discussed and was ready to perform in about five minutes. He involved the kids very much in his show and they had a really great time. The laughter was wonderful to hear and the smiles on their faces was priceless. The kids also enjoyed the balloon animals that he made for them. He is a very patient performer and I can tell that he really loves what he does.
Kids had a great time!
Vanilla Swirl was terrific for our adult specialneeds daughter's birthday party! He really geared is show towards them. Even spent time with one the blind friend who was there.
The party also included many typical adults and they all enjoyed the show!
He was a great choice and reasonable!
What to Expect
I am at my best with the kids sitting at my feet. Having the kids an arm's length from me allows me to have the option of interacting with the braver kids on their level. For the child who is engaged but bordering on Mischievous this offers them
a fun way of engaging with me, yet allowing the shy to stay in the background until they are comfortable with participating.
My clown make up does not include clown nose or wig. I find that this helps kids who are afraid of clowns.
If you are hiring me to draw a crowd, it will be my balloon twisting that does it. My little magic show does not compete well with other more visual options. If you are looking for a small family friendly event, from a not in your face type of clown, then I'm your guy. My show has also worked well in preschools, elementary schools and children's library departments..
I was born in 1960. I have been performing as a local clown since I was 13 years of age. My training includes various workshops including Clown, Mime puppetry and Dance Ministry workshops, and workshops through Clowns of America. I am a member of the World Clown Association and have insurance through them. I have had much experience clowning at a local level, libraries, schools, nursery schools, camps and such. My approach, make up and clothes are geared towards easing any fear that the children might have of clowns. The biggest event that I was ever part of was twisting animal balloons for the Special Olympic World Games in New Haven CT in 1995. My best audience is one that is sitting on the floor in front of me and I am near enough to them to touch the front row. A small amount of water is squirted into the air and will be wiped up if needed. I usually begin the show with a hand puppet introduction, then some close up and mechanical magic where the children help me, a little juggling and plate spinning, a make believe flea circus then i usually make a balloon animal in front of them and hand out some pre made balloons, that usually takes up an hour.
Upcoming Booked Events
|April 21, 2018 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|August 25, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Religious Celebration|
Past Booked Events
|April 07, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|February 10, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|February 03, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|December 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 02, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|November 18, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|October 28, 2017 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|September 02, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Festival|
|August 19, 2017 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm||Birthday (Child)|
|June 03, 2017 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm||Birthday (Child)|
|December 10, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|November 20, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|October 08, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm||Birthday (Child)|
|August 27, 2016 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|March 06, 2016||Birthday (Child)|
|December 06, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|October 24, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|September 26, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|July 19, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|June 28, 2015||Birthday (Teen)|
|June 07, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|May 02, 2015||Religious Celebration|
|September 07, 2014||Birthday Party|
Influences & Inspiration
The warmth of Red Skelton, the silliness of Tim Conway, the intimacy of street performing.
a minimal performance space of 6-7 feet by 5 feet