You can't get more old-school than booking a clown for a party, says Astrid Lawton, and they've got new tricks up their sleeves
It's estimated that 75 percent of the Time Out office suffers from coulrophobia, but if you can keep your own fear of clowns in check, we've rounded up three acts that take entertainment very seriously.
Sean started Noodles the Clown and Friends after realising he was hot property when doing some part-time clown parties in between acting auditions. “Now I work full time for the business," he says. "I’m in the office taking enquiries and doing administration during the week and then performing on the weekends.”
He employs five clowns (with two more coming soon), two pirates, a fairy and a princess – all actors with different skills to make a party special. “We offer a range of parties starting at our basic Balloon Party package which includes balloon animals, rocket balloons, crazy games and lollipops, through to The Lot Party, which also includes a magic show and face-painting.”
And Sean's clowns don’t let anything stand in the way of getting the job done. “One had a flat tyre on the Western Ring Road and had to walk in full costume and make-up to the nearest petrol station,” he chortles.
Phone: 0449 298 038
Renee, of Fairy Cool Parties (pictured), also trained as an actor before starting her company, which now has clowns, fairies, princesses and licensed Disney characters on the books. “Generally for our character parties we will do some magic, singing and dancing, party games, bubbles, face-painting and ballooning," she details. "At Disco parties we dance around nearly the whole time with group dancing, music related games and have a sing-a-long to our favourite songs with microphones."
Older girls will enjoy the Pamper parties, with a face mask, foot spa and manicure followed by games. Glamour parties mean getting the full hair and make-up treatment, a fashion parade and games.
Kids with an individual streak need not fear, however. “I had a little birthday girl dressed as a beautiful fairy who insisted on being face-painted as a zombie," laughs Renee. "With the order, 'With lots of blood!’”
Phone: 0408 566 267
TimTim the Entertainer (or SlimTim the Cowboy) is an artist, designer, stand-up comic and MC, and calls himself a ‘contemporary clown’ – which means he does all the traditional clowning, but without the clown makeup.
“I'm one of the earliest creators of giant bubbles at kids’ parties," he tells us, "and I do rocket balloons, comedy, juggling, balancing… I can do stilts anywhere!”
He’s dedicated to his craft (“I snapped myself in the eye with a balloon and had a black spot in my vision for two weeks!”), and can even put the birthday kid in the giant bubble on request. Never fear – he can get them back out, too.
Phone: 0418 311 551