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JauntyJames
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JauntyJames

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Posted:.:sparkey is practicing poi, juggling, unicycling, suchlike:.

-Hey, are you a clown?

-No, not really, why?

-You're doing clown stuff.

-Well, I'm not a clown.

-Are you going to join the circus?

-No, probably not.

-Why not?

-I don't want to join the circus.

-You should join the circus.

.:sparkey bangs his head on the nearest wall several times in exasperation:.

^The above conversation takes place around three times a week.


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UCOF
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Posted:I get that too
rolleyes

Yes im juggling... obviously I must be in a circus, Its law.


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Pigeon_Wigeon
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Posted:Hell yes...and don't you go thinking otherwise Mr!!

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pyrosym
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pyrosym

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Posted:Erm I got that too,

Then did 6 months in a circus show and since then I have to start that conversation it doesnt happen often now.



So........



Maybe I'm cured of random "hey you should be a clown comments" or maybe I'm stting myself up for another random comment stompin'


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Posted:I've been asked if I'm a clown while just walking down the street with a pizza. Of course, I occasionally am a clown so the conversating didn't go as far as yours do. You could always pelt anynoe who asks you with red noses, lousy ones are available really easily around this time of year.

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_Aime_
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Posted:hell yeh.
Didn't you know I'm going to clown college in september? And when I go shopping i must be looking for clown clothes. and when I order things from the net they must be face paints and squirty water flowers.

Wearing a little thin now? I think so..


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Mynci
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Posted:i have big feet and a redish nose and juggle therefore must I be a clown?

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Posted:hhmmm.....i have found that i quite often get people asking me 'are you in a circus'
i wouldnt mind this, but the problem is that i usually get people asking me this after i have just done a performance with the other 2 members that make up our circus!!! i mean come on the suitcase circus has just done a performance and then i get asked if im in a circus!?


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Posted:Dumbos the lotofem. It could be because people are often used to seeing huge circuseseseseseses so they're figuring you three aren't the whole deal. I bet you've had fun with a few smart arse remarks to the after show questions.
High congratulations Aime, Op SHops are good for ze clown clozez, as vell as plazes zat makeum stuff uhp. My Hat Of Many Colours may have been the cause of my clown question (hats...I shan't be bringing my topper for hat manip down to circus training this Sunday Taya cos I accidently lent it to a fellow for longer than I expected to when I didn't find him to collect it today. There's even more for a story there as it happens. I do have a heavyish fedora that works brill though and dosen't suit me.). What sort of character or characters are you looking at doing anyhow Aime?


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Fine_Rabid_Dog


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Posted:If its not "is your family from the circus" its "Are you doing starwars?" Damn glostaff... wink

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linden rathen
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linden rathen

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Posted:i just ghet laughed at and repeatedly asked what it is im swinging (by the same kid EVERY time he sees me - talk about short term memory)

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Posted:i get it all the time

i just go yes....

then theres no reply biggrin


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Nate
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Posted:being a multiple object manipulator i get this all th time especially when i have all my props out with me

however has anyone noticed that when you spin fire they just look at you or clap, no circus comments there


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animatEd
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animatEd

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Posted:By 'all my props' I'm guessing you mean two staffs and a set of poi.



That's not a lot of different props there Sonny Jim.



I get it worse when I take out my staff, poi, contact balls, devilsticks, nunchuks, juggling balls, oh, and my jester hat and a Pyrowill for good measure! But it's not a competition to see who can do the most things...



I tend to just shut them up with some contact something or other... If that doesn't work, I tell them yes andd ignore them...


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pre
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Posted:just so you know only jugglers who "LACK SKILL" are in the circus for juggling i know that im not a vvery good juggler myself although i aspire to be good and just a question if you consider yourself good what prop do you juggle? how mant of them can you do? what kind of tricks can you do? and nio i am not putting one of those ridiculous icons up because first of all the juggler is only doing 3 and i would much rather see jason garfield juggle than some freak in spandex and sequins



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Nate
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Nate

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Posted:by all my props i actually mean 9clubs loads of juggling balls, cj balls, uni, poi, sticks, diablol, and rope dart

silly willy doesnt know the meaning of my name me thinks


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Posted:i used to get asked this when i was younger, in my youth (god, i sound like such a grumpy old man already!) but now not so often. I can do clown and am about to start being paid good money for doing it too.

Only annoying thing about that is they pay you to drop, not to catch.

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strugz
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Posted:Written by: mynci

i have big feet and a redish nose and juggle therefore must I be a clown?



he does you know i tired to pull his nose off so i could have a go........but its his real one .......... then he squirted me with water..... i think ubblol

As for being called a clow or circus person............ happens loads...... i just say no - im a surveyor, then i get looked at funny and people wander off rolleyes


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animatEd
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Posted:cj balls? More than one? You should be getting quite good now, then...

You still use a diabolo? I got bored of them years ago...;)

*considers making a rope dart...*


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yoni
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Posted:i get that too even if they are people from my school who are sometimes even in my class

the othr day someone asked me if i was a new aged traveller or a hippie. i culdn't help laughing at them for a while


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coleman
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Posted:Written by: pre


just so you know only jugglers who "LACK SKILL" are in the circus for juggling





umm



i think you are mistaking circus jugglers for hack clown jugglers.



and even then, it depends on the individual - there are some superb clown jugglers out there.



however, i'd say that if you are a juggler employed by a circus company as a juggler, then you probably have a pretty damn high skill level.



examples:



cirque du soleil have viktor kee in dralion and the 8 ball bounce juggling/tapdancing girl in saltimbanco.



circus oz have an amazing ethiopian juggler/contortionist touring with them right now.



then there is jerome thomas' 'cirque lili', the finnish 'circus ruska' (at least one member of which is one of jay gilligan's former students), 'circo aereo' who have a huge amount of talent...



the list goes on.



admittedly, many of these are very small companies, not full circus troupes but there is a reason they have chosen to have the word 'circus' in their group names - it implies professionalism, a certain history of influences and innovators, and a high level of both skill and entertainment.



imho, the top circus performers often represent the pinnacle of many of the arts we are talking about.





and back on topic:



my response to "are you a clown?" is generally "nope - i'm not funny enough to be a clown."



if i'm asked "are you in the circus" my answer will always be "i'm not good enough."



smile





and nate - nine clubs eek

if you're going by the 'one more club than you can do' rule, i'm gonna want some lessons from you! wink





cole. x

juggle cos the 3b cascade rocks wink


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Posted:Written by: strugz


i just say no - im a surveyor, then i get looked at funny and people wander off rolleyes



ubblol Classic.

Also, thanks for defending the decent circus jugglers Cole, I was going to respond with a cough and a deftly placed bullshit but that works so much better. At the Tasmanian Circus Festival this year there were some wonderful jugglers too...a troupe came down from NICA* and did a rather funny Juggle for Jesus bit, and heaps of people were freestyling. There were some very wonderful indeed solo acts too, one of them I unfortunatley don't remember the name of the guy performing, but he was brilliant and had fabulous pants.



*the National Institute of Circus Arts



Edit: On reflection I don't actually know how many of the freestylers and solo people were and are with circuses but large and unwieldy props to them anyway.

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oli
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Posted:maybe we are all clowns.... is that so scary... maybe we should start thinking about what it means to be a clown... umm *climbs up chimmney*

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JauntyJames
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JauntyJames

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Posted:To be a clown is to not know how to spell "chimney".

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mtbeer
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mtbeer

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Posted:Heh, I just got asked this by a bunch of kids tonight.

"are you in the circus?"

"Yes!, I'm the bearded lady!"


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Posted:ubblol

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PyroWill
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Posted:im scared of clowns

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myco
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Posted:i'm scared of clowns too

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PyroWill
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Posted:hug nice to know someone else is

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myco
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Posted:hug there's lots of us. i can remember being the only one as a kid, but now i know lots of people scared of clowns.

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TinklePants
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Posted:watching stephen king's IT ruined my love for clowns. didn't have a problem with them before then!

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