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Clown acrobats teeterboard

Clown acrobats teeterboard

I first saw this in a movie, The Great Rupert, performed by the great Jimmy Durante. In the scene, he’s playing the part of a vaudeville acrobat, whose landlord has asked him to teach him a simple acrobatic trick …

Clown 1: Are you a real acrobat?

Clown 2: I sure am! I’ve performed for kings on 6 continents – and Antartica’s next!

Clown 1: You know, I’ve always found acrobats to be really cool!  Could you teach me … you know … just a simple acrobatic trick?

Clown 2: Sure thing! Let me see what you’ve got to work with around here … [in the movie, Jimmy Durante used a round footstool and a table leaf – feel free to use something more clown-related. Just remember, we’re making a fulcrum, like a teeter totter – on one end place a chair for one of the clowns to jump down from]

Clown 2: Okay, we’re nearly ready! Now, I’ll stand on the low end [goes to the other end, lifts his chin up and puts a glass of water on his forehead] Now! You climb on the chair, jump on the other end, and I’ll do a triple flip through the air and land on my feet, not spilling a single drop of water!

Clown 1: Are you sure this will work?

Clown 2: Absolutely! I’ve taught this to a child! Are you ready?

Clown 1: Ready!

Clown 2: Alright then! On the count of three … 1 … 2 … 3! Jump!

[Clown 1 jumps onto the ‘plank’ – which immediately breaks. Wait for the audience to react, turn and make facial reactions, etc. Eventually, Clown 2 looks at the broken plank and exclaims …]

Clown 2: [facing the audience] Termites!

 

 

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Tom Raymond, aka. Raynbow the Clown, has been a professional clown and balloon twister for over 15 years, and runs several clown-related websites such as Famous Clowns, Best Clean Funny Jokes

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