At Clown Camp there would be a Staff on Stage show each morning and evening. This year the last Staff on Stage morning show was Sparky and Friends. It was a show directed by Pam "Sparky" Moody demonstrating how different variety arts skills can be used as a teaching tool.
I performed some trick cartoons during the Sparky and Friends Show. I started by performing the Four Ace trick (Creativiety For Entertainers Volume Three
page 150-159) using an alphabet deck instead of a poker deck. The four cards that were produced spelled out the word SPOT. I put those cards into a holder (Creativity For Entertainers Newsletter Issue Two) so they could be easily seen by the audience.
Then I revealed that I had printed the word SPOT on a large pad of paper as my prediction. I added some lines to turn the word into a drawing of a dog. (This is shown in Creativity For Entertainers Volume Two
page 271 or you can see an animation of the drawing on my web site. Drawing Spot
Then I said, "By rearranging some of the letters in Spot's name he has an important lesson for you." I switched the P and the T so the letters spelled STOP. "Spot wants you to remember that red means stop." As I continued speaking I lettered that phrase on the drawing as if Spot were saying them. "When you see a red traffic light at an intersection that means stop. When you see a red sign that means stop. When you see a vehicle with red flashing lights that means stop."
Then I did two more trick cartoons from my lecture note pamphlet. I turned the letters a, b, c into a drawing of Smokey the Bear who wants you to Always Be Careful with fire. Next I turned the letters do job into a picture of a fire fighter as I commented that the people who do the job of protecting you in an emergency may look strange because they might wear a face mask, shiny yellow clothes, and a hard hat. However, don't be afraid of them because they are heroes doing an important job.
I concluded by moving the first letter in STOP to the end as I said, "Thank you for your attention this morning because you are the TOPS."
Dave Mitchell (ventriloquism), Lee Mullally (magic), Aurora Krause (clown skit), and Pam Moody (magic and clown skit) were also in the show. At the end of the show, Pam had each of us return to the stage to recap the lesson we taught during our routine. Using trick cartoons made that simple. I flipped through my news print pad showing each picture again as I read the caption containing the lesson.
For more information on my trick cartoon lecture notes plus my other publications visit the publication page on my web site. Books by Bruce Johnson
How can you use your variety art skills as a teaching tool? How can you recap the lessons at the end of a performance?