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Lectures

Lectures

 

Jeff offers a wide range of lectures for performing clowns. Book Jeff for your next alley meeting or convention and increase your knowledge and training as a performer. Below are the topics that are currently available, but Jeff can present information to accommodate your convention or workshop.

 

 

THE CLOWN’S TRUNK  

 

An introduction to the ancient art of clowning. A steamer trunk like those used by circus clowns in their traveling days, will be opened to reveal a magical world of fun and laughter. Discover the types of clowns, what they do and see a “regular person” become a clown before your very eyes. This class has been successfully used in summer library programs and schools as well as in the lecture setting. Perfect for beginner workshops.

 

PUPPETS ARE PEOPLE TOO !!

 

Well, not really . . . but don’t tell that to the puppet. During this lecture, learn how to use puppets to enhance your performance. Develop an understanding of the importance of good ‘hand/mouth’ coordination, eye contact and body movement. Bring your puppet to life by presenting a believable character. Create the “perfect Performing partner”. If you have a puppet bring it. Have one you don’t use? Bring it! Don’t have a puppet? Use your socks! (seriously).

 

“HEY CLOWN,

DO SOMETHING FUNNY”

 

This class focuses on the aspects of entertaining when there is not an organized program or schedule or during a “meet and greet” situation. Also covered will be issues of proper clown etiquette when working in direct contact with your audience. Thinking on your feet, good recovery, and maintaining control are some of the topics we will cover.

 

GETTING THE LAST LAUGH

 

People expect clowns to be funny.  Different performing venues require various types of comedy.  This class will look at comic devices to enhance your performance.  Some well known techniques include timing, repetition, and exaggeration.  We will look at these as well as some lesser known types which may be just what you need to polish your performance.

 

JUST DESERTS PIES

 

The art of pie throwing unfolds before you.  This hands-on class will touch on the history, technique and creation of pies.  Then we will move on to the use of pie throwing in clown routines and give it a try.  This class is guaranteed to be good clean fun and maybe a little messy.

 

THE J.O.Y. OF CLOWNING

 

The clown may be a valuable tool in ministry.  Remembering the order –Jesus, Others, You (JOY) and keeping your program focused in order to direct your audience to the message of the gospel is the basis for this lecture.  Learn how to use appropriate comedy as well as storytelling, magic and more to give clear examples of Biblical truths.

 

SKITS ‘R’ US

 

Join in on creating an original skit.  Learn how to develop ideas and put together a sketch that is fresh and funny.  We will take ideas from those attending and formulate an introduction, body, and blow off (outcome) to set everyone laughing.  Be ready to get those creative juices flowing.

 

 

I CAN'T MAKE-UP MY MIND

 

Are you faced with the challenge of creating a workable make-up design?  This is the perfect class to get you heading in the right direction.  Learn new application techniques and proper color usage, and revisit the traditional methods as well.  The three basic types of clowns will be explored and how they apply to you and your character.  Bring what make-up supplies you have and don’t forget your clown nose.

 

 

SUDDEN BURSTS OF GRAVITY

 

Juggling…one of those skills people believe requires natural coordination and months of practice.  In fact, juggling is quite simple.  In this class you’ll learn juggling and other related skills.  The “secrets of success” will be explained, making it possible for anyone to perform the basics.  Develop a new skill and exercise your mind (positive attitudes) and your body (oops you dropped it) at the same time.

 

 



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