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Healthy Humor Conference 2019

Last week I was invited to the ‘Healthy Humor Conference 2019′ to photograph the 40+ clowns that reside in their employment.  HH is an arts organization whose professional performers create moments of joy, wonder, laughter and comfort for hospitalized children and all others who are most in need. As it turns out most of these clowns are folks I have photographed outside the hospital environment. They have careers in the arts and make appearances in cabaret, theater, circus, variety shows and other fun venues.

I was hired by Healthy Humor to photograph this amazing conference and shot photographs of all these clowns for their ‘baseball’ card type of handouts. They print up these funny cards as souvenirs to leave with the children after their visits.

Healthy Humor’s Artistic Director Karen McCarty

During this fun packed week, workshops are given by professional movement theater teachers (Dody DiSantoPedro Fabião and Stephen J. Ringold)  and the group spends hours trading skills including magic, juggling, bubble creating, and other related professional expertise.

Stephen J. Ringold conducting his workshop.

Club passing skill exchange with Andy, Liz, Peter and Watson

One of the highlights of the week’s activities was the ‘Variety Show’ where all of the performers could show their peers what they do outside the hospital. Here is a video of Dikki Ellis and Andy Sapora performing the Beatles song “When I’m 64”. Great fun!

For more information on Healthy Humor Inc. you can visit their website or Facebook page!

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Atomic Clown” by Sara Moore

“If we could get beyond the concept of betterness and embrace otherness maybe then we’d have a shot at respect for all living beings!”

From ‘Atomic Clown‘ by Sara Moore

Atomic Clown is a whimsical memoir by celebrated clown & “human cartoon” Sara Moore about surviving grief, heartbreak & cancer by laughing in the face of it all. This colorful jolly-rancher of a book, designed by Fernando Gambaroni, chronicles Moore’s adventures in cancer treatment, donning big shoes & various comic guises, with the wonderful staff of Kaiser Permanente Oncology & Radiology. Accompanied by insights, musings and testimonials, we hope this effort will inspire others to venture where the humor meets the humanity! 80% of the sales of this book will benefit San Francisco’s Medical Clown Project whose mission is to bring joy and laughter to patients in healthcare facilities throughout the Bay Area. The rest will buy donuts for Fernando and Sara’s clown students!

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Sara Moore is an award winning, critically acclaimed American clown. She brings to the leadership of Clown Conservatory over three decades of experience as a performer, writer, educator and filmmaker. Her substantial body of creative work covers the full spectrum of clowning and spans multiple media, from the big top to film and stage, including Ringling Bros., The Krofft Puppets, New Pickle Circus, Make*A*Circus, Circus Bella, cruise lines, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, guerilla busking and as the comic foil in huge shows for entertainment tycoon Merv Griffin who dubbed her “The New Fanny Brice.” Hailed by critics as a “21st century Pagliacci,” her trademark Human Cartoon productions include her effusively reviewed tour de force Show Ho as well as Wunderworld, The Supers, Cyclones, The Secret Life of Custodians & Noses Off!

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BUY ‘ATOMIC CLOWN’ here!

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Vaudevisuals Recommended Reading List – “The Wonders of Solitude”

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THE WONDERS OF SOLITUDE – Edited by Dale Salwak

“A life without a quiet center easily becomes destructive.”

Great book of quotes about the solitary life!