Virtual Snooks by yan198555


									Virtual Snooks
Learning to Clown in the
      21st Century
 How to use the Computer to
Become a Cyber-Savvy Clown
• Research

• Shopping

• Communication

• Graphics
    Using The Computer
• Research
    Definition of Clown
    History of Clowns
    Some Famous Clowns
     Types of Clowns
    Clown Culture
    Clown Gimmicks
 Research: Clown Definition
• What is a clown?
• According to the Encyclopedia Britannica,
  a clown is "a familiar comic character of
  pantomime and circus, known by his (sic)
  distinctive makeup and costume, ludicrous
  antics, and buffoonery, whose purpose is
  to induce hearty laughter. The clown,
  unlike the traditional fool or court jester,
  usually performs a set routine
  characterized by broad, graphic humor,
  absurd situations, and vigorous physical
   Research Clown History
• The first documented professional
  comic (clown) characters are the
  Dorian Mimes who started
  performing in Ancient Greece during
  the 7th century BC. -

      History - continued
• During the Middle Ages, jesters
  adopted a standard uniform of bright
  green and yellow, and jingle bells. –
  precursors to Santa’s elves and
  maybe Santa, as well.

 Research: Famous Clowns
• Emmett Kelly, Sr. – The Tramp
• Charlie Chaplin – The Little Tramp
• Red Skelton – Freddy the Freeloader
• Bob Keeshon – Clarabelle
• Ronald McDonald – Willard Scott
• Patch Adams – Clown therapy
Emmett Kelly, Sr.
             Emmett Kelly
• Emmett Kelly, Sr. (December 9, 1898 -
  March 28, 1979) - Weary Willy
• Emmett Kelly Sr., the most well-known of the
  tramp clowns of the circus. His character, Weary
  Willy, was the perpetual underdog, who never
  gave up - and, because of it, occasionally
  won. He was inducted into the Clown Hall of
  Fame in 1989. In 2007, the Emmett Kelly
  Museum will celebrate its’ 40th anniversary with
  an attempt at breaking the world’s record for the
  largest gathering of clowns
          Emmett Kelly
• Emmett Kelly Sr. died of a heart
  attack on March 28, 1979, at his
  home in Sarasota, Florida, USA. He
  is memorialized by the Emmett Kelly
  Museum in his birth town of Sedan,
                   The Circus
• The circus! The magical city
   That appears and disappears with the bat of an eye.
   A cathedral for children and adults
  Made of canvas and trimmed with red wagons.
• A sunburst of wheel, pink lemonade and cotton candy.
   A temple housing the unity of man and beast...
   All performing for the good of their fellow man
   With shouts of glory.
            Circus, continued
• The perfomers’ only reward is the echo of the applause
   And laughter of children.
   It cradles them to sleep.
   As the red wagons roll from city to city.
• The clown hides his sorrows behind a mask --
   Sometimes grotesque, sometimes sad,
   but always with a whimsy that is an encouragement
   That makes any deformity of life seem minute.
            Circus, continued
• A lesson in humanity, where man and beast risk life
   and limb for the meager reward of applause.
   How sad it would be if my youth would pass away
   And not see the beauty of the big red wagons,
  And taste the rare vintage of pink lemonade!
• Or become so blasé’ that I couldn’t offer a silent prayer
   For the man on the flying trapeze,
   Or sigh as I watch him swing to and fro.
          Circus, continued
• I see my own life in motion like the pendulum
  On the huge clock that ticks away life.
  Oh, keep me young without prejudices.
  Without haste, so that I will be young.
  So that my heart will be filled with glee
   Next year, when the big red wagons roll in
• To me, a great clown said that—my Dad.
• Red Skelton
Red Skelton as Freddy the
         Red Skelton
• "If some day you’re not feeling
  well, you should remember some
  little thing I have said or done
  and if it brings a smile to your
  face or a chuckle to your heart
  then my purpose as a clown has
  been fulfilled."—Red Skelton
          Red Skelton

• . His most famous character, the
  tramp clown Freddy the
  Freeloader, awaited the advent of
  his television show in 1951.
            Red Skelton
• Red had nurtured a lifelong interest in
  painting, with individual paintings
  fetching in excess of $80,000—he
  estimated that he earned over $2 million
  per year from his lithographs of clowns.
• Red Skelton was inducted into the Clown
  Hall of Fame in 1989.
• He died of pneumonia on September 17,
  1997 at his home in Rancho Mirage,
  California, USA.
   Research: Clown Types
• European, neat whiteface

• Grotesque or Comedy White-face

• Auguste

• Character
White face clown
• White-face clown is “straight man” to
  the Auguste clown
• Clothes fit very well and in
• All exposed skin is covered with
• May wear a tiny hat on top
Grotesque White-Face
     Grotesque Whiteface
• The "Grotesque" Whiteface clown
  exaggerates everything about
  himself, his pants, shoes, collars,
  ears, and wig are bigger, wider, or
  baggier than is usual. Grotesque
  Whiteface design may include large
  false eyelashes, a larger mouth
  design, a clown nose and other
  features on the face.
Auguste Clown
         Auguste Clown
• Auguste clown – Auguste means fool
  in German
• Clothes don’t fit properly
• Shoes very large
• Pretends to be not very bright
• Most of makeup is flesh-colored, not
   Tramp Clown (Character
• Only clown type
  created in America
• Emmett Kelly, Sr.
• Similar to Auguste
• Carol Burnett’s
  Charwoman same
      Naming Your Clown
• Candy Kisses – gives out candy
• Pickles – Just a silly name
• Snooks – after a radio comic
• Pockets – Lots of large pockets in
Research: Clown Gimmicks
• Magic Tricks
• Skits
• Balloon Animals
• Clown Schools

• Clown   Makeup
• Clown   Costumes
• Clown   Accessories
• Clown   Gimmicks

• Clown Classes
• Networking with Clown Associations
• Advertising for Clowning Gigs
• Advertising for Clown Accoutrements
• To design Clown Face
•    No upper lip, for instance
• To design costume
• To use as props (Gallagher)

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