Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Peachey Keene
Wow, what a hectic couple of months. The 2004 COAI annual convention
is now history. The clown alley in Corpus Christi , TX really
knows how to throw a party. The Pirate party at the site of the
Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria was awesome. We all put on our best
Pirate garb and toured the ships as a preliminary to a great DJ
with dancing to the wee hours of the morning.
I was lucky enough to meet Patch Adams and finally see what
he was really like. What an eye opening experience, Patch was
nothing like I had expected. I had never met a person with that
much compassion and genius ability. His performance during the
skit competition taught us all a valuable lesson.
Speaking of competition, it was one of the best group of performers
I have had the pleasure of watching in many years. I laughed,
I cried, and I will remember it forever.
The turn out for my 3 lectures was incredible. Everyone that
attended my seminars was attentive and very supportive. Without
a good audience all of our lectures would fall flat. I hope that
everyone took home with them some valuable information that will
help them with their performances.
I have to relate one funny thing that happened after the group
skit competition. I think I took the pirate theme a little too
far that night. I looted a friends box lunch and ate their sandwich
replacing it with a Capri Sun drink. I thought that I had gotten
away with it when at 2:30 AM my phone rang and the voice on the
other end was not seeing the humor in the situation. "Peachey
Keene you rat. Where is my sandwich?" was all I could make
out of the irate pirate on the other end. I think that if they
could have gotten hold of me I would have been keel hauled on
the spot. I did however make up for my piracy. The next day I
presented them with a wonderful club sandwich from the hotel restaurant.
Timing is everything, They had just finished paradability competition
and was famished. Whew, I got of that one unscathed and a lot
Well after the 1600 mile drive home I have finally recuperated
and am already looking to the future. I cannot wait to see all
of my old friends and my new friends at the next event.
If you have never attended a clown conference I strongly advise
you to do so. The friendships and knowledge you will attain are
See ya down the road.
If you signed up for our prize give away check out our web
site for the winner.
If you would like to see a few pictures from the convention
September 15 - 19, 2004---------------Clownfest-------------http://www.clownfest.com
September 30 - October 3 ,2004------P.O.N.Y clown conference
When arriving at the birthday party you should not just walk
in and start setting up. This has a tendency to frighten the smaller
kids and threaten the older ones. I always knock on the door (or
let my presence be known in some other way , if the party is outside)
and explain to the kids that I am looking for a party and thought
maybe they knew where one was. The kids almost always start screaming
"It's here. It's here". I then ask to be invited in
and tell them that if I can attend that I'll do a show for them.
After being asked in I try to find the birthday child. I look
all over the room congratulating everyone but the real birthday
child. Finally locate them and ask if they have a license to have
a party. Since they do not I inspect the party making sure that
the 3 most important things are here. A cake, presents and guests,
since all of the requirements are filled I then present the birthday
child with a custom certificate telling them that they are allowed
to be this age for one full year. (note that on the bottom of
the license there is a phone number where they can get a license
for next year).
After setting up my magic table in as suitable spot. (try to pick
a place that is easily defended has a back wall and if the party
is outside , in the shade). The very first thing I do is a warm-up.
All audiences need warmed up, most kids are used to watching television
and not interacting with a live performance. You should introduce
yourself and teach the audience to applaud. I usually do this
by having the girls compete against the boys in a clapping contest.
Have all of the girls clap and yell yay as loud as they can. Then
have the boys try to "out loud" the girls. Then give
the girls one more chance. Always end up in a tie and have all
kids give it one more try to see how loud they all can be. This
contest serves two purposes, one is that it lets the kids see
that they are allowed to make noise when it is appropriate and
it helps call the people that did not come over to the performance
To be continued......
We would like to inform everyone that www.peacheykeene.com
is up and running. This is where you will find the latest and
greatest in foam props.
105 MM Flash Camera
Giant camera that looks great when used in walk arounds or parades.
The audience is flabbergasted when the unit on top actually flashes
to simulate the taking of their picture.
PKP/1143.1 - $100.00
Jumbo Popcorn Box
This is a giant popcorn box with a giant popcorn kernel inside.
When doing a walk-around you tell the audience that you love these
boxes of jumbo popcorn. They think it is just a big box full of
regular sized popcorn until you pull out the giant kernel. PKP/1212
Pie In The Face Pie
This giant razor is a good parade prop because it is very Punny.
PKP/1203 - $40.00