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The Clown Conservatory in San Francisco

If someone ask you ‘what is the best way to becoming a professional clown’ you might have to think about it for awhile. THE CLOWN CONSERVATORY!

Ringling Bros clown Paul Jerome.

“Circus Center’s nearly 20-year-old Clown Conservatory program has been given a spirited, innovative push by Conservatory director Sara Moore’s ‘Human Cartoon Studio.’ Moore’s take on new American clowning pulls straight from the realm of Looney Tunes with an emphasis on wildly physical, non-verbal performance encompassing training for Ring, Stage and Film. Graduates are then ‘human cannonballed’ into the world armed with an elasticity of body, mind and spirit affording them the necessary versatility to compete in ever-shifting markets. In spite of the ridiculous onslaught on horror clown imagery, Moore believes Clowning is on the rise. Students are passionately seeking ways to bring physical comedy to our ever-divided world and ClownCon’s faculty, an amalgam of the very best practitioners and teachers of the many Clown disciplines, are ever eager to teach them. Moore says ‘If laughter is the most buoyant form of love, then that’s surely what the world needs now more than ever.'”
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For more information or to ‘just enroll’ click here!
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Part of San Francisco’s Circus Center
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NOTORIETY VARIETY – San Francisco’s Variety Arts Project

Variety with an edge!

A month ago I visited San Francisco and had lunch with a good friend of mine, Judy Finelli. We knew one another from when she use to perform in Central Park as a juggler. 

She is now focusing on a project called “Notoriety Variety” and it is quite ambitious!

Here is her ‘Mission Statement’.

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She has quite a resume to back up her dream and I expect her to achieve her goal.

Here are some photographs and videos.

Judy Finelli juggling in Central Park with Circo dell’ Arte. (c. 1969)

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Comment by Judy Finelli

“this was way before everybody had cell phones. There is a very brief eight clubs, but the one where where we catch them with Hovey, catching five is actually 10 clubs – we were in the first Americans to do this.”

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“I will feature variety artists from a bewildering array of disciplines, artists not usually associated with variety arts — Tuva throat singers; a percussionist on the level of Evelyn Glennie; an early music a Capella ensemble — Euouae; the fusion of cutting edge lights and electronic dance music such as performed by Enra, concert-level ragtime pianist Larisa Migachyov, etc. There will be flamenco dancers, vibraphone players, rope-spinners, and tap-dancing jugglers galore.”

For more information on NOTORIETY VARIETY go to their website
You can also visit their You Tube Channel here..
And you can also visit their FACEBOOK page.

To help this wonderful, vital project you can make donations here. Make sure you ‘earmark’ the donation to NOTORIETY VARIETY in the drop down “Special Purposes” section.

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Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday Spectacular – Official Program – Performer Bios

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This event was produced by Bindlestiff  Family Variety Arts, Inc.