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JauntyJamesSILVER Member
3,533 posts
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA


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.

-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"


UCOFSILVER Member
15,414 posts
Location: United Kingdom


Posted:
I get that too
rolleyes

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

pyrosymSILVER Member
10 posts
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom


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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Seb 643 posts
Location: Check behind you.


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_SILVER Member
4,172 posts
Location: Hastings, United Kingdom


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..

MynciBRONZE Member
Macaque of all trades
8,738 posts
Location: wombling free..., United Kingdom


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.


_FSA_now comes with skydiving license
1,627 posts
Location: In your head. (Tasmania, Australia)


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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Seb 643 posts
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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_DogInternet Hate Machine
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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 rathenGOLD Member
6,942 posts
Location: London, UK


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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NoddyToe Poking Bad Boy
2,865 posts
Location: Lake District UK


Posted:
i get it all the time

i just go yes....

then theres no reply biggrin

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NateBRONZE Member
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1,530 posts
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England


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

I like Languages.

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animatEdBRONZE Member
1 + 1 = 3
3,540 posts
Location: Bristol UK


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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preSILVER Member
161 posts
Location: USA


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



my maxes



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NateBRONZE Member
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1,530 posts
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England


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

I like Languages.

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hexagonicClubbles Jugs
1,687 posts
Location: Manchester


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.

smile

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strugzBRONZE Member
3,964 posts
Location: Southampton - Possibly..., United Kingdom


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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animatEdBRONZE Member
1 + 1 = 3
3,540 posts
Location: Bristol UK


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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Put Water into a cup, it becomes the cup, put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Water can flow, or it can Crash.
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yoniGOLD Member
3,099 posts
Location: Bideford and Bath, United Kingdom


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

UCOF "evolution: Poi -> stick -> hoops -> devil stick -> juggling club -> juggling ball -> crayons."

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colemanSILVER Member
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7,330 posts
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay, United Kingdom


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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Seb 643 posts
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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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oliSILVER Member
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2,052 posts
Location: bristol/ southern eastern devon, United Kingdom


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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They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
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JauntyJamesSILVER Member
3,533 posts
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA


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

biggrin

-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"


mtbeerGOLD Member
529 posts
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA


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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Seb 643 posts
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Posted:
ubblol

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PyroWillGOLD Member
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4,437 posts
Location: Staines, United Kingdom


Posted:
im scared of clowns

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mycoBRONZE Member
2,084 posts
Location: melbourne, victoria, australia


Posted:
i'm scared of clowns too

PyroWillGOLD Member
HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
4,437 posts
Location: Staines, United Kingdom


Posted:
hug nice to know someone else is

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

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mycoBRONZE Member
2,084 posts
Location: melbourne, victoria, australia


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.

TinklePantsGOLD Member
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Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr, United Kingdom


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

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Seb 643 posts
Location: Check behind you.


Posted:
I shpuld really watch that...probably in whiteface and a nose while I do.

C'mon you three, silly people in oddball dress? I find someone in a baseball cap and hoodie more scary.

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