Charlie's Creative Comedy presents

Thought For The Week

Issue #508 
March 11, 2013

By Bruce "Charlie" Johnson


The World Clown Association Convention in Borneo was a wonderful experience. I would like to thank Sam Tee, the Malaysian clown who had the vision of a convention in Asia, and Richard Snowberg, Convention Chairman, for all their hard work in planning and preparing this convention. Because of Sam's efforts promoting the WCA in Asia there was a large contingent of very talented Asian clowns participating in the convention.  It was great seeing many of my subscribers there.


The next educational event on my calendar is the All Things Clown weekend conference. If you use the link under the educational opportunities column you will be able to find more information on this event.


You can find me now on face book.  Just look for Bruce Charlie Johnson.


I'll see you down the road,



In This Issue
Thought For The Week
Clown Trivia
Educational Opportunities

Thought For The Week 

March 11, 2013

By Bruce "Charlie" Johnson


"Talent does you no good unless it is recognized by someone else." - Robert Half


Skill is often considered a component of talent. For that reason many magicians and clowns include a demonstration of skill in their performances. For example, during the International Humanitarian Clown Show at the recent World Clown Association Convention in Borneo, Ben Christensen performed "Two on a Chair" with his father, Randy Christensen. Ben was the less intelligent Auguste clown paired with his father's authoritarian Classic Whiteface character. After that routine, Ben performed a very accomplished juggling ring act. He started off by doing a linking ring routine using his juggling rings and ended by juggling five rings. By the finish of his act nobody in the audience could doubt that Ben was a very talented juggler. Perceived talent earns the audience's respect leading to better response. That is the key to a clown being able to entertain older audiences. A talented clown is perceived as being more than somebody just acting silly in order to amuse young children.


Use this link to see an article from the Borneo Post with photos of Ben in action.


Borneo Post Article 


The desire to have their talent recognized motivates many entertainers to enter competitions. I felt that the clowns from Asia who participated in the WCA Convention in Borneo were extremely talented. I was very impressed watching them work. I was pleased that the judges from America recognized their talent and rewarded them many of the medals distributed during the Awards banquet.


A way you can promote the art of clowning and other variety arts is to recognize the talents of others. I had the honor of producing and directing the International Humanitarian Clown Show at the WCA Convention. Sam Tee, a WCA member from Malaysia, recommended some of the acts that were in the show. Richard Snowberg, the convention chairman, arranged for some of the acts. I selected the rest. Backstage I noticed that everyone seemed to be honored to be part of the show. There was a page in the convention program with photos of all of the performers. Each performer went around and got everyone else to autograph that page of their program. They recognized the talent of the other acts and were thrilled to be part of the group. They appreciated that being invited to perform was recognition of their talents. I was flattered that Richard Snowberg trusted me to be in charge of this show because he recognized my talent at producing shows. I was glad that I had the opportunity to demonstrate to the others that I recognized their talents.


A demonstration of traditional cultural performing arts of Borneo was included in the Welcome Party at the WCA Convention in Borneo. An entertainer from Borneo did an act with two audience volunteers. The act was built around using a blow gun to burst balloons. I don't think the entertainer would technically be classified as a clown, but his act certainly had a lot in common with clown acts. In this particular performance he had one volunteer who was a little too energetic, but he handled the situation well. The performers were posing for photographs afterwards so I took the opportunity to tell him that I thought he was very funny and a talented entertainer. I could tell that he was pleased because he presented me with one of his blow darts as a souvenir and offered to let me wear his headdress and ceremonial collar while posing for a photograph together.


When planning an act, how can you include a demonstration of skill? What else can you do to display your talent? How can you recognize the talents of others? What can you do to encourage them by letting them know you recognize their talents? How can you express your admiration for them?

Author's Award


I was honored to receive First Place in the World Clown Association Authors Award for articles that appeared during 2012 in Clowning Around magazine, published by the WCA. The winning article, The First European Convention, appeared in the November 2012 issue of the magazine. Another article that I wrote, Jargo, received an honorable mention. It was published in the January 2012 issue of the magazine. Both articles were part of my WCA Historian column. I would like to thank the WCA Publications committee for this honor.



Thank you for being a subscriber.  I am always interested in your questions and comments.

Remember if you have missed an issue, you can read it by using the archive link in the right column.  If you want to change the address where you are receiving this newsletter, use the update profile link below.  If this newsletter no longer meets your needs, you can use the SafeUnsubscribe link to be permanently removed from my mailing list.  If you want to spread the word about this newsletter, you can use the forward email link below to send copies to others that you think might be interested.

I hope to see you down the road.


Bruce Johnson
Charlie's Creative Comedy
Copyright 2013 by Bruce "Charlie" Johnson.
All rights reserved. 
Educational Opportunities

I believe in promoting any event I will be lecturing at.  If you schedule me for an educational event that you are hosting, I will list it here.  My goal is to do what I can to best meet the needs of you and your group.


All Things Clowning

April 19-21

Fayetteville, Georgia

Classes to be announced 


 California Clown Campin'

July 29-August 3, 2013

Ontario, CA

Classes to be announced


California Clown Campin'

For information on additional services that I can provide for an educational event 

Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List