I’ve done numerous costumed characters, puppets, ventriloquist figures, mascots and clown characters during my performance career. Out of all my years of performing, “Simon De Clown” has been the most consistent character I’ve performed. He is simple, child-like, inquisitive, trusting, clumsy, naive and optimistic. He’s the “enduring survivor” who doesn’t give up, but figures out a way to solve every problem – often in a surprising way. That’s probably why adults enjoy him as much as children do.
Recently, I’ve toured a show called “Building A Circus with Simon De Clown.” I want audiences to see that clowns can be hilarious, entertaining and thought-provoking. People enjoy coming along on the journey with Simon – this comic cartoon character.
During the past month – at two different libraries – the librarian came to me after the “Build A Circus” show and stated, “How wonderful! When you see the children sliding closer to the front throughout the entirety of the show, you know they LOVE the clown!”
It’s true. Good clowning draws people closer. The children didn’t cower away in fear. They didn’t run away screaming. They nudged closer and closer to the front, drawn by the fun, the innocence, the happy experience of being with Simon De Clown.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Recently, at the World Clown Association Convention (WCA) I was inducted as the new president of the World Clown Association. It’s an incredible organization that includes clowns from twenty-five countries from around the world. The WCA is committed to family-friendly, good, clean comedy entertainment. You will find members that are involved in circus, fairs, festivals, churches, schools, educational assemblies, fire-safety, hospitals, nursing homes, Veteran’s centers, rodeos, birthday parties, and more!
I get to work with a fine group of people on the executive committee for WCA and along with a Board of Directors which oversee all these various entertainment emphasis and geographical areas. It’s amazing!
I also write regularly for WCA’s official publication called “Clowning Around.” I provide articles and videos regularly for the WCA website at www.worldclown.com. You can find more wonderful information and resources concerning the “world of clowns” right there.
It is our goal through the professional clown comedy tutorials to provide instruction on physical comedy for clowns. Safety is our primary concern. Know you limits and take the necessary safety precautions. None of the instructors are responsible for any injury incurred while trying any skill demonstrated or taught.
Randy and his team are now booking this “Laugh Out Loud” family-friendly, comedy tour for the Fall season. This knee-slapping, gut-busting show is full of circus skills, magic, ventriloquism, world-class juggling and clown-styled comedy. Here are a few favorite “snap-shots” from the show. More info in the “Shows” section here at qualityprograms.net.
As a young boy I would say to my friends, “my parents are forcing me to take piano lessons.” I had so many other priorities besides sitting at the piano and learning my scales. Now that I’m grown, I’m so thankful for the discipline they required of me.
A year ago I wrote and recorded a new project called “Circus Sing-A-Long” for those that want great-sounding circus music to use in church programs. I’ve had a great response from those that have heard it.
A few years ago, my friend Kerry Kistler produced a musical masterpiece for those that love traditional circus music. This project, called “Once Upon a Circus,”pays homage to an era when mechanical musical marvels like the band organ, carousel and calliope ruled the midway. Additional tracks feature the authentic sounds of the side show bally, accordion and orchestrated medleys.
Use quality music like this for clown routines, come-in & exit music, background ambiance, entrance/exit stingers, segues, comedy skits and creative performances. Many folks in retirement centers and nursing homes will recognize the melodies from years gone by.
Church workers will notice a lovingly crafted fusion of traditional hymns with circus melodies – all composed and performed by virtuoso organist Michael Tyo – who was born without sight! The “Once Upon A Circus,” project was produced and mastered by Kerry Kistler.
Go to the resource page here on the “quality programs” site to find out more about getting some great music for your enjoyment.
Find Family-Friendly Positive Entertainment with the Fellowship of Christian Magicians.
I began juggling and clowning in the fall of 1980 when I moved to Minneapolis Minnesota to go to North Central University. I saw the impact that a clown visit could make for a sick child at a children’s hospital. I witnessed the joy that positive comic relief provided seniors in a nursing home. Within a year I was introduced to an organization called the International Fellowship of Christian Magicians by my good friend and mentor, “Big Dan” Rector.
I journeyed to my first of 10 consecutive visits to the International Fellowship of Christian Magicians Convention in Indiana. I experienced incredible growth through the FCM group who demonstrated their commitment to encouraging people of faith in the areas of effective eye-catching performance. The FCM features quality instruction and fellowship with folks involved in magical performance, clowning, ventriloquism, balloon sculpture, puppetry, chalk art, drama, mime, storytelling and other visual methods. Members use their talents in schools, churches, banquets, libraries and other public venues. I’ve had the privilege to learn, teach and perform at this international convention on a number of occasions.
I’m pleased to be a part of the statewide group of FCM here in Minnesota known as the Minnesota Fellowship of Christian Entertainers. In February we are having a gathering of many of these fine family-friendly entertainers at our home in North Mankato, Minnesota. We’re looking forward to laughs and learning during a night of magical entertainment and fellowship. We will talk about upcoming school shows, planning library shows, close-up magic and more. If you want more information on the Fellowship of Christian Magicians International go to www.fcm.org and for more information on the branch of Minnesota entertainment, please contact me and let me know.
Visit the Entertainer Search page on the FCM website to find a quality entertainer for your needs.