Be a Clown!: The Complete Guide to Instant Clowning

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Slip into your own red snooter. Now you're a Joey! Make the faces, walk the walks (there's nothing like the feel of 36 inches of shoe leather on your feet). Learn the Spring-Loaded Hat Trick, the Five Great Handshakes, the Bouncing Hankie, "Sword" Swallowing, Clown Levitation. Build a character-the hobo, buffo, cutup, or wag. Hone your new skills: balancing, juggling, slapstick, pie-tossing, and flea circus ringmaster. Plus: the "Crossbow" Violin, Gag Bowling ...

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Overview


STEP RIGHT UP!

Slip into your own red snooter. Now you're a Joey! Make the faces, walk the walks (there's nothing like the feel of 36 inches of shoe leather on your feet). Learn the Spring-Loaded Hat Trick, the Five Great Handshakes, the Bouncing Hankie, "Sword" Swallowing, Clown Levitation. Build a character-the hobo, buffo, cutup, or wag. Hone your new skills: balancing, juggling, slapstick, pie-tossing, and flea circus ringmaster. Plus: the "Crossbow" Violin, Gag Bowling Ball, Stethoscope Plunger, and other great props. Because now you don't have to be afraid to make a fool of yourself-that's the whole point!

A handbook for clownmanship, including makeup, funny faces, props, costumes, juggling, walking, and stunts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894803475
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Turk Pipkin lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. He is author of seven books, including the novel Fast Greens, and is a contributing editor for Texas Monthly. He has written for magazines, television, and film.
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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION: STEP RIGHT UP

Who Am I?

Balance a Ping Pong Ball on Your Nose

The Heart of a Clown

Five Great Clown Handshakes

RING ONE: GET READY

To Speak or Not To Speak

Talking Clowns

Silent Clowns

Trick or Treat

A Flea Circus

Your Clown Costume

Start at the Top: Clown Hats

Spring-Loaded Hat Trick

Suited to You

If the Shoe Fits . . . Don't Wear It!

The First Steps

Your Own Walk

Famous Clown Walks

Make-Up: Creating a Unique Face

What Will Your New Face Look Like?

Make-Up Tricks

Clown Props

Special Delivery

The Bouncing Apple

The Bouncing Hankie

In a Classy Joint

Think Like a Clown

Make 'Em Laugh

Running Gags

RING TWO: GET SET

Clown Skills

Balancing

Juggling

Slap, Slap, Slapstick

A Clown Class: The Boxing Sketch

Anywhere

Satire and Parody

The Clown-Marksman

The Clown-Magician

The Sword Swallower

Clowning with Kids

Hey Kids!: Shaking Hands

Balloon Animals

Who's There (Following in your Footsteps)

Afghan Bands: The Story of the Circus Belts

A Stunt that Wows!

At a Party

Audience Participation

The Parade of Elephants

The World's Strongest Clown

The Sideshow

Around the Circus

More Classic Clown Turns

Circus Lingo

RING THREE: GO!

Once a Clown

Putting It All Together

Kiss You! I Hardly Know You!

APPENDIX: SWEEPING UP THE SAWDUST

Where to Now?

Schools for Clowns

Equipment and Information

Index

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