As a balloon artist I am asked all the time if I dress as a clown. Back when I was younger I did for some events with church, but what I quickly found out is that while many people love clowns, an equal number or more are terrified of them. So as more parents realized this the less demand there was for clowns. So I decided when I became a profession performer not to do make-up and costumer style clowning.
Instead I chose to follow in the footsteps of America’s favorite clown, Red Skelton! I grew up watching great clowns and comedians like Red, Jerry Lewis, and Lucille Ball. They made me laugh and forget my cares and they did it without resulting to vulgarity. It was humor for me as a boy and fitting for my grandmother as well. They would have crazy slapstick and would make fun of themselves and their audience, but always in a lovable way.
Red always had the best characters from Clem Kadiddlehopper to Freddie the Freeloader (the one character that did use makeup). My favorite bits were when he would break a rule of performing and just crack up at his own jokes or his audience. He had a love of God and country and he wasn’t ashamed of it. His Pledge of Allegiance bit is fondly remembered by many and has even been read on the floor of Congress.
I was in Branson last week and saw Tom Mullica’s tribute to Red Skelton and I laughed til I cried and then a tear was brought to my eye for a moment to mourn the loss of such great entertainers. Red’s day has past but it is his legacy and those like him I try to perform and bring a smile to you and yours. Thank you so much for the opportunity to do so.
Last week was the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I was very happy to join the Christian Boys and Men Titanic Society for a weekend remembering those that gave their live for “women and children first.”
Of course I had to leave my mark on the event so I created a giant balloon Titanic costume.
I hadn’t really planned on creating the Titanic so I settled to create the bow of the ship (which would have filled with water and tipped downward but you get the drift).
It was a lot of fun to create and many of the kids came up and helped blow up balloons including some of the Duggar boys from the series “19 Kids and Counting.” What a great and sweet family they are.
WOW! What an amazing week. I started my vacation last Friday by flying to Cannes, France for a quick walk down the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival as a guest of Stella Artois. Then Flew back on Monday and immediately drove to Branson, MO for a few days to take in some wonderful shows.
The shows were all excellent. I started off seeing Kirby VanBurch, the Prince of Magic. It was a good show, but the surprising thing was how laid back Kirby was during the show. Most magicians I’ve seen come off as arrogant, but I really liked Kirby’s style. It wasn’t a Vegas style show, but that isn’t the Branson market. It was a great family show.
The next day I went to the World’s Largest Toy Museum! As a family entertainer of course I fell in love with this place so many great toys from the last century. I must admit I was disappointed they didn’t have any Doctor Who toys, but the western collection made up for it. I took more photos at the toy museum than the rest of Branson combined.
I also went to see Noah the Musical that day at the Sight and Sound Theater. On the way in there was this gorgeous rainbow. Seemed appropriate.
The final day I went to see my friends, The Winton’s, perform at Silver Dollar City’s BBQ and Bluegrass Festival.
As I mentioned, it was a great trip. From the posh of France to to southern charm of Branson.
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