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.
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!
I have had quite an adventure being the International President of the World Clown Association from the Spring of 2015 through the Spring of 2017. I’ve perfomed, taught, strategized, advised and given many many media interviews. March and April of 2017 will find me in Bangkok, Thailand for the international convention and then on to Malaysia and Indonesia for more performances and lectures. I am thankful to those who have come alongside of me to help me elevate the positive views and experiences people can have with this “age old,” comedy art form. Though my presidency is coming to a close, I will continue on with various assignments and projects to help the world of clowning in general and the World Clown Association specifically.
(Here’s a photo of me holding the World Clown Association’s official publication with a picture of me on the cover. I was featured on this “Collectible Edition.”)
Karen and I are continuing our full schedule during the summer of 2016. We will be do clown work, puppetry, storytelling, ventriloquism, juggling and more! We so appreciate all the recommendations and opportunities to share with audiences everywhere! Here is a partial listing of upcoming public performances. If you want more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 23-27 Workshops and Theater Performance in Toronto, Canada
June 12-17 Teaching and performing at Clown Camp in LaCrosse, Wisconsin
June 23 Birthday Party Celebration at Royal Family Kids Camp in Minnesota
July 4 “Super Uncle Sam” stiltwalking the Fourth of July parade in Stewartville, MN
July 11-15 Summer Kids Camp programs (Boone, Iowa)
July 18-22 Summer Kids Camp (week 2) (Boone, Iowa)
July 28 Mankato, Minnesota Library “Catch the Reading Bug” Program
August 15-19 Creative Arts Camp at Hillside Church, Mankato, Minnesota
August 24 Amboy, Minnesota Library “Catch the Reading Bug” Program
September 1-4 Lifelight Music Festival, Worthing, South Dakota
September 7-14 Travel, Teaching and Performing in Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia
September 15-18 Teaching & Performing at the IndoFest Children’s Worker Training in Indonesia
September 19-22 Teaching & Performing clowning in Jakarta, Malaysia
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!
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.
South Elementary students had an educational and fun experience on Friday through the Animal Antics program, sponsored by the South Parent Council.
Randy Christensen entertained the children through his Animal Antics program through the use of balloons, juggling, magic tricks and silly songs that he shared as he talks about a tiger with too many tails, a giraffe with a sore throat, a puppy who needs to learn to obey, and other exciting animals.