One of a very famous Hobo clown is Charlie Chaplin. A Hobo, or also known as the Tramp is very much of a “human-like” and “human-feel” type of clown.
Characteristics of a Hobo clown:
Is the lowliest of clowns. Fall guy for the Whiteface and Auguste clowns. Downtrodden in expression and movements. People care about the melancholy Hobo and want to make him happy.
His makeup consist of:
Upper half of face flesh tone, stubby beard, neutral mouth, white eyes and mouth, pink or red nose.
A Hobo’s costume:
Tattered and worn suit, shabby, often patched, usually too big. Wears a hat.
Which is your favourite clown of all these three? Share with us…
What’s a party without games?! Children parties are all about fun, laughter and more fun! To be honest, I don’t even think they care much about the food. As long as their tummies are filled, it’s games all the way! A few things to take note while planning party games:
- Always have gifts prepared!
- There’s always a winner but no losers. Reward everyone for their effort and enthusiasm.
- Be sure to play music when playing games. It makes all the difference.
- Explain instructions clearly. Repeat is anyone doesn’t understand.
Here are some examples of great party games:
- Have all the children sit or stand in a circle.
- One child is chosen to be ‘leader’. The ‘leader’ must have his/her eyes closed at all times.
- The ‘leader’ begins to pass the potato around the circle.
- Everyone must take the potato and must not hold it longer than one second. The potato goes around the circle.
- When the ‘leader’ shouts “HOT POTATO!”, the person holding the potato has to leave the circle.
- The circle gets smaller and smaller until 3 persons are left.
- The winner is the surviving person besides the ‘leader’ in the circle.
Zoom to the Broom!
- You will need a broom.
- The children form a big circle with everyone facing inwards.
- Each player is given a number. One player stands in the center keeping the broom upright by resting the palm of his hands on the top. (The stick should only be balanced upright and not held)
- The player in the center calls out a number and removes his hand.
- The player whose number is called tries to catch the broom before it hits the ground. If the player manages to catch it, he/she takes the place in the center. If the broom falls to the ground, the original person in the center goes back to the center.
Funny Granny Grunt
- You will need a blindfold and a broom.
- The children form a circle.
- Choose one person to be ‘it’ who will be blindfolded. ‘It’ stands in the middle of the circle with a broom in the hand.
- ‘It’ will tell all the players to move to the right. All players will have to continue moving and not stop.
- ‘It’ will then spins the broom and stick the broom handle out.
- The person nearest to the broom grabs it. ‘It’ will then say ‘granny grunt’.
- The person holding the broom will grunt once. Then ‘it’ will try to guess who the granny is.
- If the guess is correct, the person will replace ‘it’ and the game starts over again.
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An Auguste has the following characteristics:
Is the opposite of whiteface. He is on the receiving end of whiteface jokes, and because nothing ever goes right for him, people love him and identify with him. He personifies the human condition. Slapstick, prankster, nothing goes right for him, takes the falls but can stand.
His makeup is:
Very exaggerated features, primarily natural flesh tones with white around exaggerated eyes and mouth.
His wardrobe is:
Bizarre, exaggerated, usually two piece suit, colourful (eg big pants, three ties, tiny hat, oversized shoes, colourful wigs). Colour combination is out.
Splattered Paint conducted a clowning and ballooning seminar at Subang Jaya AG church on Saturday. In conjunction with the church’s missions week, they wanted to explore the creative side of ministry through clowning and ballooning.
Before the seminar commenced, Hoopee entertained the crowd with balloon sculpting, silly skits and a whole lot of goofing! The young and old were thrilled to have a clown in their midst. Apparently it’s been a long time since an animated character stepped into their premises.
Adding colour to the carnival, we set up a face painting and attracted huge crowd. Busying our fingers and imagination, we painted all kinds of icons based on request from butterflies to cars to penguins. It’s exciting to see how a little paint and colour instantly dazzles the children’s eyes (even adults for that matter!)
The seminar lasted for 2 hours and by the end of the session, the participants were asking for more. We basically covered basics of clowning (ie. gestures, different clowns and their characters, make up etc).
And for ballooning, we got straight into action pumping up pencil balloons and twisted it to make a dog, a mouse and a flower.
We can see how easily captivating all of these are to the participants. It’s really fun! We’d be back for more in the future… (a longer seminar we hope!) If you are interested to pick up a new cool skills, give us a tinkle, the Splattered Paint team would be happy to share our knowledge, and many clowning hilarious clowning stories!
If you are a white face clown, you will possess some of these personalities:
Exaggerates childlikeness, vulnerable lover, riskier, truster, idea creator, clever, smart, mischievous, playful, most cheerful of clown types but still has tears and compassion, in all acts they react in dismay to the Auguste’s stupidity.
Your makeup has the following:
Neat, classic style, all white face, simple lines for facial features. Mainly uses black and red colours but may have others, such as blue.
Your costume is:
Neat looking, one-piece jumpsuit or two piece loose fitting pyjama type garment, outfit is usually highlighted with a ruff around the neck and large pompons on the front, colour combination is simple white gloves.
So, are you a White Face clown?
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We’ve planned a lot of events over the last few years. Big scale, medium scale and small groups. The most challenging to plan are children’s events. Not only do we have to satisfy the adults (who eventually pays the bill), our guest the tiny tots has to leave the place thrilled too!
Let’s talk about annual events, birthdays for instance. A child would at least have one birthday party in their childhood. Don’t fret at the thought of it. If you’re thinking of planning one, here are some tips to help you.
- Tip #1: Try to plan your party 3-4 weeks in advance. You don’t it to be a frenzy.
- Tip #2: Choose a theme. Easiest your child’s opinion on this. Getting a theme will help you organize your thoughts on what to buy, what games to play, what party packs to get.
- Tip #3: Decide on the party time. Best times for parties are between 2.00 – 4.00pm. That way you won’t need to serve a meal but finger foods instead.
- Tip #4: Sit down with your child and plan the guests list. Make invitations together and get your child to write the names on the invites.
- Tip #5: Food! What’s a party without food?! Don’t stress yourself over a banquet, plan wise and simple. Keep the menu wholesome but fun. Add colour by adding different types of veggies in sandwiches or sprinkling multi coloured M&M’s on ice cream.
- Tip #4: Focus on the activities instead of the details! Children LOVE games and interactive activities. They’d leave the place remembering what they did rather than what beautiful deco they saw. Decorate the place but don’t sweat the little details!
- Tip #5: Party favours! The trick is that every child goes home with a gift. It doesn’t matter if it comes from the dollar shop or Toys ‘r’ Us. Throw in a variety of gifts into a party pack, they’d be happy to dig their noses into it.
- Tip #6: Important but very often overlooked. Assign a photographer for the party. You’d be so busy having fun, the only time you remember there are no tangible memories of the special day is when it’s all over.
Let the party planning begin! If you need more tips, we would be happy to help you. Contact us!
This website represents the business side of us. We do get calls every now and then to help different people, families, organizations and corporations to work on different aspects in events. So we thought? Why not? Let’s try the power of the web. See what it can do!
And the story continues. We got married…and among other things we are doing – serving God, living a life of faith, working our full time job with enthusiasm, planning to travel round the world, having beautiful family and friends around us…we now to try to show the business side of us. Will it work? Who knows!
For starters, do spread the word around. If you require our assistance on planning, coordinating, organizing or just picking our brains for your event – we believe (or we like to), that we’re good at what we do! Have fun browsing along these pages, and we will use this blog section to share unconventional ideas of what you can do for your event.
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