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Thought For The Week
May 3, 2010
Issue #371

By Bruce "Charlie" Johnson

I enjoyed seeing many subscribers at the Branson Magic Bonanza.  Marty and Brenda Hahne organized a wonderful event.  It was a very friendly atmosphere with some great classes.  Everyone that I talked to at the end said they had learned something valuable that they were going to be able to put to use.  Kirby Van Burch and Jim Stafford both spent time with participants after we had seen their shows.  I appreciated the extra effort they went to on our behalf.  Stars from some of the other shows in Branson also visited the dealer room at the conference center to visit with participants.  I am increasingly meeting people from other countries at educational opportunities in the United States.  The Branson Magic Bonanza had participants from Australia.   Brenda told me that they are planning to have the conference again next year.  I'll let you know the dates when they are announced.
Welcome to the many new subscribers this week.  You can use the archive link to read previous issues.  When you decide that you don't want to receive my newsletters any longer, simply use the safe unsubscribe link at the bottom of each issue.
I rely upon feedback from subscribers to determine the content of my newsletters.  I saw Greg Wood, a magician who is a subscriber, at the Branson Magic Bonanza.  Greg commented that although he isn't a clown, he has been enjoying the clown history trivia.  I have gotten other positive comments about that section so I am inclding it again this week.
The next educational opportunity that I am looking forward to is Clown Camp Singapore.  I greatly enjoyed my first trip to Singapore in 2004.  It is a wonderful country.  There is an excllent staff scheduled for this trip.  They are all great entertainers who are able to instruct others.  It is also a group that works very well together.  You can learn more by using the link to the right.
Have a great week,
In This Issue
Thought For The Week
History Trivia
Educational Opportunities

Thought For The Week 

April 26, 2010

By Bruce "Charlie" Johnson


"I tell my children there'll come a time when they'll be sitting down to eat with a governor or a book editor, and they will want to know how to do things right.  This doesn't mean that I've conquered things.  I often feel out of place, so I want to tell young people, 'there'll be a time when you wish you knew better words, and you wish you had a better way of expressing yourself.  It'll happen.'" - Charles Schultz


During my flight home from the Branson Magic Bonanza I recognized the person sitting next to me on the plane.  It was Christine Gregoire, the Governor of Washington.  She was returning home with her husband after attending the Kentucky Derby.  We chatted briefly, but I could tell she wanted to relax so I respected her privacy.  She watched TV and talked with her husband during most of the flight.  After we landed I had another short conversation with her.  When we arrived at the baggage claim area, I saw her return to work by shifting into her public persona.  She interacted with some of the young people who wanted to meet the Governor, posing for pictures with them, and bending down to get to their level while they talked.


As an entertainer, I have had the opportunity to participate in events and meet people that otherwise wouldn't be possible.  Each of those events required that I try to follow proper etiquette.  They also required me to speak with members of the public as a representative of clowning.  Sometimes I wished afterwards that I had acted differently, but I tried my best.  Here are a couple of examples.

During the World Clown Association Convention in Glasgow, Scotland, the Mayor hosted a Civic Reception for all of the clowns attending the convention. 


When I was an instructor at the Clown Camp Canada program in Medicine Hat, there was a gallery exhibition of Jim Howle's portraits of clowns and comedians.  Since my picture was part of Jim's Red Nose Philosopher series of prints, I was invited to participate in the Artist's Reception honoring Jim that opened the exhibition. 


I've also had the opportunity to meet celebrities.  For several years I was a member of the Hollywood Magic Castle, a private club for magicians.  When I became a member of the Castle, I was instructed that celebrities attended the club to relax so we were not to bother them.  The general rule was that we could have a conversation with them only if they spoke to us first.  Whenever I meet a celebrity I try to take my cue from them.  If they are relaxing, I respect their privacy.  If they are interested in having a conversation, I am delighted to talk with them.


I try to treat every person as if they are a celebrity.  Sometimes I have met influential people without realizing their identity.  For example, after I entertained a boy and his mother while doing strolling entertainment at an event held at a museum, my contact person pulled me aside to praise my interaction with the director of the museum.  However, the main reason that I try to treat them with kindness and respect is that I think that is how every person deserves to be treated.


I received those opportunities because of clowning.  Being an entertainer will provide you with opportunities to participate in some special events.  How can you learn the general rules of etiquette?  How can you learn to express yourself better?  When you are invited to be part of a reception or other special event, what will you do?  What will you do when you meet a celebrity?

History Trivia

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The safety net used during the flying trapeze act was invented by
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Bruce Johnson
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