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Warm Ups
« on: September 24, 2012, 12:37:19 PM »
When performing for birthday parties in homes the kids are excited and are talking to you as you set up.

As I'm setting up I have some "throw away lines" so I can be funny and still get my stuff lugged in and set up.

When I meet a child I say, "What's your name?"
"Mary"
"Really?!?! Your name is Mary?!?!? That's my name too!"

The first time it gets a confused stare and a chuckle from the parents.

Then I do the same for the next kid;
"Really?!?! Your name is Robert?!?!? That's my name too!"
Then the kids catch on and they start making jokes or saying "I thought your name was Mary?"

Usually every kid wants to meet me then.

I then ask one, "So, where do you work?"
They say something like, "I don't work! I'm a kid."
Then I ask, "So, where did you go during the day all week?"
They say, "School."
"Oh, so you're a teacher, that's wonderful. We need more teachers."



"So, are you married?"
"No!"
"Does your husband know you are not married?"

They are talking and laughing by that time.

They go to great lengths to make sure I know they are a kid and a student.


I'll ask one, "Oh, you're a student; what grade are you in?"
"I'm in Second Grade."
I get a wistful look in my eye, "Ah, Second Grade. The best three years of my life."

I'll ask someone else, "How old are you?"
"I'm eight"
"Are you serious?!?! That's EXACTLY how old I was at you're age!"

Most of the time a kid or two will have lost a tooth and often they are missing both front teeth.

I ask them, "What happened to your tooth?"
"I lost it."
"Wait, everyone freeze. She lost a tooth and we need to help her find it. It's got to be around here somewhere. Don't anyone step on it."

All of these dumb "ad libs" get a great reaction from the kids and parents are really watching when you arrive because they want to see how you are interacting with their kids.

I find that these allow me to set up and entertain while I am setting up.

When we perform in homes we are "on" as soon as we arrive.


By the way, I'm going to post this in the "Clown Talk" section as well.

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Re: Warm Ups
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012, 08:12:17 PM »
These are the same lines that I use, Sometimes as I am setting up, Sometimes during the show and sometimes when I am twisting Balloons.... My wife is always impressed when I use them while in line at the grocery store. These lines are standard basic "one Liners" but they always get the children going, and as you said it gets you interacting with the kids right away. Some people on other forums would say they are overused and outdated but they have worked for me for the past 20 yrs and if it isn't broke why fix it.

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Re: Warm Ups
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 01:27:15 AM »
...overused and outdated but they have worked for me for the past 20 yrs and if it isn't broke why fix it.


Good point.

Also, who are we performing for? Kids aren't old enough to have anything "outdated" yet ;D

Now, if your goal is to impress other performers, sure, other performers are going to think some of the best lines are outdated.

I'd love to hear the better lines these others are using.  :P

Magicb1s, let's just keep making kids laugh and let others worry about being new, cutting edge, or whatever.  ;)