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.
Music is a huge part of my programs. As clown performer Mr. Oxford P. Nutts, I play the piano and sing. I’ve produced various musical projects to use as background music for my performances and also allow others to use my music. I call this the Creative Performance Series as it includes all styles and moods of music for clowns, jugglers, magicians, and family entertainers.
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.