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Title:
Be a clown!
Author:
Stolzenberg, Mark.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Based on a previous edition published in 1989"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780806958040

9780806948164
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Book

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Summary

If you love to clown around, it's time to get serious about it...serious fun that is. Being a clown means more than merely putting on silly makeup and jumping around: it's a wonderful form of self-expression that brings joy to yourself and to others. Take a look at the world's best jesters and expand your understanding of comedy. Here are the (literal) tricks of the trade: ideas for using cartoon-like imagery, choosing a distinctive costume, finding a comic rhythm, and mastering physical skills that will make people roll in the aisles. Project the right raucous attitude, work in duets, and develop an irresistibly humorous "clown walk." Even say hello in a way that gets your audience giggling. Actual routines unfold in a series of photos and descriptions, with tips on selling them. From the "levitation gag" to "wire walking," to developing your own act, it's the perfect clown school.


Summary

Make 'em laugh! Take a look at the world's best jesters and expand your understanding of comedy. Here are the (literal) tricks of the trade: ideas for choosing distinctive costumes, finding a comic rhythm, and mastering physical skills that will have people rolling in the aisles. Actual routines unfold in a series of photos and descriptions, with tips on selling them. It's the perfect clown school!


Author Notes

About the Author
Mark Stolzenberg has appeared in the feature films Her Alibi with Tom Selleck and Luggage of the Gods as well as on TV in ABC's "All M Children", CBS' "Dellaventura", and "Breakfast in Bed," which aired on HBO, SHOWTIME, and CINEMAX. He has toured as a clown with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, co-written and starred in the stage show Pierrot & Pirouette , which ran Off-Broadway, and written the feature length screenplay A Clown in New York and the book How to be A Mime . Most recently Mr. Stolzenberg has completed a new feature film script and written, produced, and starred in a short film. He teaches "Acting for Film and Television" at The New School in New York City.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

How many young people dream of joining the circus? Even today, the glamour seduces quite a few who don't realize the work and professionalism that circus entertainment acts demand. Stolzenberg, a New York City actor and author, introduces readers to the thinking of and practical realities of becoming a clown--yet with a droll and intriguing narrative and lots of color photographs picturing him and friends in various stages and poses. Adopting the appropriate image is first and foremost. Using different props and exercises, from hats to faux boxing, he then teaches readers how to try on various faces with the ultimate goal of finding "your clown." Exposing readers to a bit of history and famous clowns is another valued part of his lesson, which just might be a great substitute for psychotherapy. Barbara Jacobs


Publisher's Weekly Review

Be a Clown by Mark Stolzenberg, photos by Padua Kassel, offers some seriously funny tips on the art of clowning around, including getting into character, mastering basic routines and creating a signature act. Color photographs offer step-by-step instructions, and a glossary and index round out the volume. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

How many young people dream of joining the circus? Even today, the glamour seduces quite a few who don't realize the work and professionalism that circus entertainment acts demand. Stolzenberg, a New York City actor and author, introduces readers to the thinking of and practical realities of becoming a clown--yet with a droll and intriguing narrative and lots of color photographs picturing him and friends in various stages and poses. Adopting the appropriate image is first and foremost. Using different props and exercises, from hats to faux boxing, he then teaches readers how to try on various faces with the ultimate goal of finding "your clown." Exposing readers to a bit of history and famous clowns is another valued part of his lesson, which just might be a great substitute for psychotherapy. Barbara Jacobs


Publisher's Weekly Review

Be a Clown by Mark Stolzenberg, photos by Padua Kassel, offers some seriously funny tips on the art of clowning around, including getting into character, mastering basic routines and creating a signature act. Color photographs offer step-by-step instructions, and a glossary and index round out the volume. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved