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Clown Alley

Ballantine, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0316079588 / ISBN 13: 9780316079587
Verlag: Little Brown & Co, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1982
Zustand: Very Good - Fine Hardcover
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Clean, tight, bright and square copy bound in yellow cloth over grey boards, with silver title on spine and ornament on cover. Slight sunning to top edge, else fine. Dust jacket is unclipped, with a few chips to top edge, and 1/2" closed tear at top back. Jacket is protected in mylar. Through his own experience as performer and educator (Dean of Ringling Bros. Clown College) the author paints vivid portraits of clowns ranging from old time masters of buffoonery to the brand-new clowns joining the circus today. Ballantine chronicles how dramatically the American circus has changed since its days under canvas. 401 pages include B&W illustrations by the author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0316079588

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Titel: Clown Alley

Verlag: Little Brown & Co, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1982

Einband: Half Cloth Over Boards

Illustrator: Ballantine, Bill

Zustand: Very Good - Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

Auflage: First Edition

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Dust jacket notes: "Clown, teacher, artist, and writer, Bill Ballantine was for eight years the Dean of Clown College, the remarkable institution established in 1968 by Ringling Brothers - Barnum and Bailey Circus to train young clowns for the Greatest Show on Earth. Clown Alley is the rollicking story of that unique enterprise - a circus adventure that is, like clowning itself, full of surprises, both funny and poignant. The great clown gags, the zany idiosyncrasies of circus troupers, the nuts and bolts of last-minute slapdash props and makeup are all here, seen from the author's special perspective: what's it really like behind the comic masks, inside the outlandish costumes? What skills, emotional and physical, are essential to clowning? And how can they be taught to beginners? (Veteran clown to first-timer: 'Here's what we'll do. You be funny first, and I'll be funny next.') Through his own experience as performer and educator, and with vivid portraits of clowns ranging from such old-time masters of buffoonery as Otto Griebling and Lou Jacobs, down to the brand-new clowns ('joeys') joining the circus today, Ballantine takes us into the hearts and minds of clowns, while showing us how dramatically the American circus has changed since its days under canvas. Star-spangled with backstage anecdotes and rich in sawdust-and-greasepaint atmosphere, Clown Alley is a salty and affectionate memoir sure to delight the circus fan in all of us."

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