The “Soda Pop Machine” comedy mime was written and performed by Randy Christensen.
In the Fall on 1980 I learned how to juggle while in college. That brought me into the world of amateur clowning; which brought me into the world of children’s programming, education and entertainment.
I never imagined that here, decades later, that I would find myself performing literally around the world. At this point I’ve been in Indonesia, Ecuador, Spain, Malaysia, Canada, Singapore, England, Thailand and across the United States.
Riding in a tuk tuk down the streets of Bangkok, in a beach resort on the Atlantic, on stage in front of 2,000 homeless street children in Bangladesh, standing on the Equator in Ecuador, and eating durian (the “King of Fruits”) in Kuala Lumpor at an open air street cafe….wow. Who “wudda thunk it?” I’m amazed at the doors that have opened for friendships, collaborations and travel.
One thing I’ve found is that children around the world laugh at the same things that children in America laugh at. “Funny” is funny around the world! …at a birthday party in New Prague, Minnesota or on a circus stage in Sarabaya, Indonesia
I’m not done yet! There’s more to do! And I’m thankful for every opportunity and count each one as a blessing. Thank you for your support, prayers, and cheers along the way!
In the video below, Randy demonstrates professional make-up application for clowns.
This is a segment from his “Clown Training” DVD.
It’s summertime and bugs have arrived in Minnesota where I live. Children enjoy the discovery of these tiny creatures. So, this summer I’ll be doing a number of library shows on the theme “Catch the Reading Bug!” These fun-filled shows include magic, juggling, stories and audience participation fun. Most of the shows are in south central Minnesota this summer. If you’re in the area, join me! It’ll be fun for all ages.
Randy shares a laugh-filled experience called “Animal Antics” with a crowd of grade-school kids! Watch here to see highlights of this community show that kids love.
I do various school assemblies. Some are educational and full of fun! Some are simply fun-filled! It just depends on what the local school is looking for. If they want educational messages, I do those. If they want just an entertaining experience for kids, I provide that too. I know this, people learn quicker and easier when they are enjoying the learning experience. The brain opens up and the synapsis across the brain start “popping” when the learning experience is exciting and enjoyable. So, that’s part of my goal. I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to teach kids when they WANT to listen! So, I’m committed to doing stuff that will grab and hold their attention throughout the assembly. Here’s a short video with numerous clips from a recent fun-filled school show. Enjoy!
Randy’s Classic Magic
As a 10 year old boy, Randy received his first magic tricks when he ordered Marshall Brodien’s T.V. Magic kit. He stayed focused on this captivating mode of entertainment for a few year as a child, actually doing some short shows for friends. Later, while in college, Randy once again began working on illusions and sleight of hand. He was mentored for a while by another award-winning magician and found that when performed well, the magical illusion may create a sense of wonder and joy in an audience. Randy has performed magic for all ages at kids shows and also adult banquets, fairs, and a cruise line. He performs close-up magic and also stage magic events. On this video, you will see Randy perform his version of the ancient illusion called the Chinese Linking Rings for a family audience. Enjoy the wonder.
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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.