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Jokers, clowns and fools have always captured my attention. I find them intriguing and particularly enjoy thinking about the magic they have within them. Balloons, red-noses, big shoes and the ability to bounce back from adversity - wonder filled these eyes.

There was an interesting podcast with Avner the Eccentric on Vanishing Inc which you can here hear:

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/blog/the-insider-avner-the-eccentric

It is definitely worth investing your time here.
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Jokers, clowns and fools have always captured my attention. I find them intriguing and particularly enjoy thinking about the magic they have within them. Balloons, red-noses, big shoes and the ability to bounce back from adversity - wonder filled these eyes.

There was an interesting podcast with Avner the Eccentric on Vanishing Inc which you can here hear:

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/blog/the-insider-avner-the-eccentric

It is definitely worth investing your time here.


I posted this video in another thread, but I think it is worthy of repeating as it pertains specifically to this topic.  

Vito Lupo isn't a household name and many on this forum likely have never heard of him.  But he was on top of the magic world for a time.  He brought respect to the art of clowning.



Clowning is another thing where if you ask a person what they think of when they think of a clown they will likely have stereotypical responses.

But clowns are very diverse.  There are happy clowns, sad clowns, clowns who mime, clowns that juggle, clowns that dance, etc.  There are even clowns that protect rodeo riders.
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And to show that clowns don't even need the benefit of face paint...



Is this guy unreal or what?
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"If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.” –William Blake

There are also the sacred clowns of the American Indian tribes, and the holy fools from various parts of the world to consider.
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My first magical experience was when Koo-Koo the Klown performs at my sister’s birthday party. I must’ve been about 9 years old (1982). The only trick that I can actually remember him doing was the vanishing handkerchief. Nevertheless, the whole experience felt so magical, that it served as the spark that ignited my passion for magic.

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The thing which interests me the most is what can we as magicians learn from the trickster/joker and clowns of the world - minus their face paint, big boots, balloons and red noses, what is the essence that makes them who they are?

"In the days before the invaders came. . .we had clowns. Not clowns like you see now, with round red noses and baggy costumes. Our clowns wore all kinds of stuff. Anythin’ they felt like, they wore. And they didn’t just come out once in a while to act silly and make people laugh, our clowns were with us all the time, as important to the village as the chief, or the shaman, or the dancers, or the poets" - Granny, 'Daughters of the Copper Woman'

We have our stand-up comedians too. There is always much to learn from the study of other art forms. Garrett Thomas spoke about the importance, for him, of learning the art of mime...
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Mimes use body motion, gestures and facial expressions to cause an audience to "mentally visualize" stairs, a window, a door, a rope, pretty much anything we are familiar with.  Surely magicians can learn from that skill.
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Christopher Bayes has written a book with Virginia Scott called 'Discovering the Clown' - I have yet to read it but I have just watched an inspiring interview with the author... there is much value here for us magicians:

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Thank you for providing that interesting video.
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