Birthday Party Clown

Birthday Party Clown

Rosie The Clown

Toronto, ON

Female, 19?

I've been a practicing Birthday Party Clown for 22 years. What other job is there where you can go to a party, have lots of fun, be the centre of attention and get well paid? I enjoy visiting with all kinds of people, experiencing many different cultures and seeing a variety of places. There's never a dull moment. Well, almost never. In addition to birthday parties, I entertain at fairs, picnics, corporate events, club parties, university parties and at any event that sounds like fun.

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Last Answer on November 13, 2018

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Is there an age when most party clowns hang up their red noses? And is it usually because they decide they don't have the energy to keep up with rambunctious kids or for other reasons?

Asked by shot22 almost 4 years ago

Hello, Shot22,

Your question is most interesting. I was recently contacted by a current events TV show that was doing a piece on the aging demographic of clowns, and why that would be. I have no idea.

You make a good point about needing energy to keep up with rambunctious kids. It's more than just keeping up. The clown needs to be moving faster than the kids in order to manoeuvre them, like steering a boat in a swift river.

Can anyone become a clown for kids party like teenagers??

Asked by forbesserena97@gmail.com almost 4 years ago

Hello, Foresserena97,

Thank you for your third question. Teenagers make excellent clowns. Do you feel clownlike? If you love kids and you're willing to learn some skills, you can have a lot of fun and be well rewarded.

Have you ever seen another clown do a bit that you decided was so good you were going to do it yourself? And is it like stand-up comedy where professional protocol dictates that you ask the other clown's permission first?

Asked by Roger1 about 4 years ago

Hello, Roger1,

Absolutely, I've seen another clown do a bit that I decided was so good that I would do it myself. For example, I use Groucho Marx's joke on a line of opera, singing, "Reidi piachi, I love you very muchee!" I can't spell that, but people laugh every time they hear it. Marx had an amazing comic brain. To see his stuff is to want to steal it.

I'm grateful that my trademark routines and gags, the ones that arise from personal inspiration, haven't been seen by audiences before my arrival. That would be awful. I wouldn't want anyone in the same market to suck the wind from my sails by copying me.

So no, I wouldn't copy a routine unique to another clown in the same market without permission, and I can't imagine asking for permission to impose in this manner.

Being inspired by another performer's routines, though, and re-imagining them with my own comic sensibilities is a different matter. It's all grist for the mill.

Most routines are legitimately shared in workshops, books, DVDs, videos and are otherwise passed along from one performer to the next. Clowns have groups, called Clown Alleys, where we meet to share favourite bits and tricks. Clowns are, by and large, a generous and helpful community.

We know that the real secret to clowning is not what we do but how we do it.

My last question you answered about exaggerating my shyness, I would have never thought about that; thank you! But now I am wondering how long it took you to get started, because I have had a few parties but I can't seem to really get business going.

Asked by Toria the clown over 3 years ago

Hello, Toria the Clown,

Thanks for your question. Any business takes a few years to get going at full pace. Yours probably will, too.

How are you advertising? Are you putting a good offer in front of interested people? What's the size of your market?

It helps to have a specialty – the thing you become known for – so that your act doesn't fade into the crowd of performers. It's hard for people, who are so busy these days, to remember things, so you need to give them something memorable.

Who are the other entertainers in the area? Have you talked with them?

Good luck!

















When did you decide to be a kids' party clown, and were there other specialties in live entertainment you considered? If you weren't a clown, what would you be doing right now?

Asked by Sue over 3 years ago

Hello, Sue,

Thanks for your question. It wouldn't have occurred to me to be a kids' party clown had I not answered a help-wanted ad for clown trainees. I thought it would be fun. It was! 

I liked the experience of clowning so much that I stayed with it. Over the past twenty years, I've had immeasurable fun. I hope that the people I've met have had fun, too.

What would I be doing now if I weren't clowning? My straw brain would overheat if I considered, all at once, all the possibilities. There's no end to the number of things I'm not doing, even as we speak.

What's the biggest birthday party disaster you've borne witness to?

Asked by Meredith over 3 years ago

Hello, Meredith,

Thank you for your question. I've never seen a birthday party disaster. Have you?

Have Rosie had to adapt her act as times have changed? Like do you incorporate any technology into your act now, or have you noticed that kids don't have as much attention span for classic / old-school bits?

Asked by Donald over 3 years ago

Hello, Donald.

Thanks for your question. Times have changed, but children haven't changed their minds about what's fun.

There are a couple of pieces of technology I do especially love at parties.

1) Rosie the Clown draws faces on animal balloons with her "high-tech face-making device," i.e. a Sharpie marker. As soon as kids are aware of technology and what it can do, they laugh.

2) Rosie gives relief to charity marathoners with her portable "environmentally-friendly air-conditioner," i.e. a handheld balloon pump. The air feels good when you're hot.

3) iPhone and UEBoom bluetooth-speaker combo. This pair of devices has become fundamental for delivering my entertainment in countless ways. The powerful UEBoom lets me lead kids in dance parades with the music cupped in my hand. Love it.

I'm looking forward to the self-driving, inflatable clown-mobile that won't need parking at parties.