Berkle The Clown
Areas of service:Modesto, Turlock, Ceres, Oakdale and Hughson
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About Berkle The Clown
Berkle The Clown is a proud member of the World Clown Association and he loves to make people laugh!
His unique blend of comedy, music and magic will transform the normal birthday party into an eye-popping event your child will never forget.
As a super-sized party guest, he will have your guests imagining the most ridiculous things as they are drawn into his world of make-believe and interact with a live, six foot tall character who thinks he is the greatest magician in the world.
He delivers a hilariously fun-filled, high energy show with intense audience participation that is sure to bring the house down.
Just imagine having an interactive, comedy magic show right in your own living room where your guests have the freedom to become a part of the show while being entertained!
Berkle's extensive background in children's entertainment and creating magical fun results in a family-friendly program that inspires the child in all of us.
Each and every performance is an experience your guests will long remember and will make you the talk of the town. His show is audience tested and guaranteed to generate a house full of belly-laughs!
So, why take a chance on the most important event in your child's life? Invite Berkle and let the good times roll!
Contact him today!
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- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I provide a service that is very unique and that stands out from other entertainers.
The reason my work stands out from others who do what I do stems from my core belief that true
entertainment should be all about the audience and NOT about me. In other words, the audience should be the star NOT the entertainer. My shows are therefore based on a carefully laid out plan that includes:
• Audience Participation
• Stage Presence
• Character Development
• A Comprehensive Understanding of Humor
• The Psychology of What Makes People Laugh
• Mental Preparation
When properly applied, these skills and principles along with my "secret ingredient" ultimately generate a powder keg that is primed and ready for explosive laughter, spontaneous fun and sheer amazement!
Contained within this powder keg is a highly INTERACTIVE environment which transforms my audience members from being passive observers into active participants who contribute to the overall entertainment value of the show. This unique environment demands that I never perform DOWN to my audience requiring them to watch some sort of ego-maniac artist take the stage and make the show all about him. There is something inherently wrong on so many levels when any artist performs only what they want with the attitude of "Hey, look at me!" "Look at what I can do but you can't!"
Over the years I have discovered that interaction creates unique and hilarious improvisational opportunities that are truly entertaining and extremely memorable. Often times, I have seen children (whom the parents say are shy) jump at every opportunity to join me on stage to perform either a magic trick or a gag. The shyness quickly melts away leading to incredible ad-lib moments that are not only an entertainer's dream come true but are also wonderfully entertaining!
Someone recently asked me, " What is the most valuable lesson you have learned as an entertainer?" I simply replied by saying, " Without the audience, an entertainer is nothing."
- How did you get started?
It all started several years ago. Every Halloween my children and I would perform a "show" on our front porch for the trick-or-treaters. We wanted to give the kids in our neighborhood a memorable Halloween experience. The shows were meant to be funny and yet maintain the Halloween theme. The shows quickly became a hit and were so much fun that I often wished I could perform year-round.
In 2002, I met a professional clown at a social gathering in Modesto. I was intrigued with her stories and experiences and after hours of constant questions and answers, I decided that being a clown was exactly what I was looking for - an opportunity to perform comedy and magic year-round. Through her patient help and tutiledge I learned all the ins and outs of being a clown. The more I learned, the more immersed I became in the art of clowning.
The rest as they say is history
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
CLOWN VISIT - $65
This package is perfect for those clients who simply want to add a little spice to the birthday party without distracting from the main event.
With this package Berkle arrives at the party for a quick visit to wish the guest of honor a happy birthday by presenting him/her with a special balloon sculpture and a birthday cerificate. During his thirty minute visit there will be a meet and greet complete with photo opportunties with the birthday child. He will entertain the group with clown gags and fun magic tricks.
MINI PARTY - $100
This package includes a unique, thirty minute comedy magic show that is packed with magical silliness and heavy on audience participation. The guest of honor receives a special balloon sculpture and birthday certificate during the show. Following the show, balloon animals are created and given to each and every guest. If you are looking for a full hour of fun and magic that is replete with belly-laughs, then this is for you.
FULL PARTY - $150
This is a full ninety minutes of games and clowning. It includes a thirty minute magic show and balloon animals for all of the guests. The guest of honor becomes the star of the magic show and is presented with a special balloon sculpture and birthday certificate.
As a recent addition to this package, your child and guests will have the opportunity of joining Berkle's Band and will learn how to play percussion instruments to Berkle's favorite musical piece.
WALK - AROUND - Call for Price
Meet and greet comedy as your guests arrive setting the tone for your event. This package is perfect for those large gatherings of family and friends such as family reunions, picnics, block parties, weddings, etc. This package includes clown gags, balloon animals and fun close-up magic.
This is wandering silliness at its finest. Guaranteed to keep everyone happy without distracting from the main event.
BALLOON-OLOGY - $50 to $60 per hour
Balloon twisting is an excellent form of entertainment. Audiences are always captivated by the presence of a balloon twister making balloon animals. They simply can't help becoming mesmerized by the magical transformation of a simple balloon into a sculpture of their choice that they can take home as a memento of your event.
So if you're looking for a balloon twister for your fundraising event, carnival, family reunion, picnic, etc then this package is for you. We are experienced "Puff-ologists" trained in the ancient art of "Airi-gami" (the art of trapping air inside of special latex containers) who combine art with comedy to create a fun-filled atmosphere that children and adults will go crazy over.
In addition to receiving two twisters for the price of one, this package also includes a "magical interlude" consisting of approximately 15 minutes of fun, mind-blowing magic tricks. This interlude boosts the entertainment value of the balloon twisting experience and gets everyone involved in the fun.
Ask me about enhancing this package with the best face painter in the county OR with a bounce house.
Better yet how about BOTH!
SIMPLY MAGIC - Same Price as Mini or Full
This is a clown-free show that includes all of the same magical fun you get with either the Mini Party or the Full Party. The show is performed by our comedy magician, The Great Zaldalmo!
Simply Magic is ideal for the child who is fearful of clowns or is too mature for a clown. Please specify either the Mini Package or the Full Package.
CLOWN ON A SHOESTRING - $40
If you are looking for birthday entertainment but have a restricted budget, then this is for you. This is a basic, no frills package that still allows your guests to enjoy the fun of interacting with a real, live clown.
Berkle will arrive during the party as a surprise guest and will personally hand out pre-made balloon animals to the guest of honor and guests. There will be a meet and greet complete with photo opportuntities with the birthday child This does NOT include a magic show. All you need to do is provide Berkle with the following information at least one week before the party and he will take it from there.
Name of the guest of honor
Total number of guests
Average age of guests
Can't find a package that fits your needs? Give him a call and fill him in on the details of your planned event. He is very flexible and enjoys a challenge.
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
Berkle is a member of the World Clown Association
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
Many parents really have no idea of what to expect when they are planning a child's birthday party and having a live performer entertain the guests. This is simply due to the fact that parents have not had much experience with this sort of thing. They are not aware of the unexpected details or distractions.
Here is some advice that helps to remove some of the "unexpected"
Parents Party Tips
There are two types of parties, indoor parties and outdoor parties:
A. Indoor Shows are always much better than outdoor shows because there are fewer distractions and the children are sitting in a confined area. Ideally the children should sit on the floor. The fewer the obstacles between them and the entertainer, the better. All toys and games should be picked up and put out of view. All breakables should be put in a safe place.
B. Outside Shows tend to have many more distractions for the children (An airplane, noise from cars driving by, a passing train, the neighbor cutting grass,etc.). There is also the tendency for children to want to run around.
For an outside show, please provide a shaded area for the entertainer to do his/her show. The entertainer will be using a lot of energy during the show and in the extreme heat and humidity this is not an easy thing to do under the blaring sun. Also keep in mind that your party might not be the first party the entertainer had to perform outdoors that day.
There should be blankets or chairs for the children to sit on. The children should also be wearing sunscreen and a hat for their own protection. Having a can of bug spray nearby is a good idea as well. Toys should be picked up and out of view, and the children should sit facing away from any swing set.
The day of the party finally arrives and you're going crazy with all the last minute details. The invited guests start to arrive, hosting duties begin and your entertainer arrives. Some entertainers will have to arrive early in order to set up for the party. If possible, try to keep the children in another room while the entertainer is setting up. When he/she is all set up, the children can be brought in.
Children have a very short attention span. The best way to keep the children's attention is by keeping distractions and disruptions to a minimum. A few simple rules will help the entertainer greatly.
1. At least one adult should be be present in order to control any children that may be misbehaving or causing a distrurbance.
- Remember that you have hired someone to perform not baby sit.
If the entertainer has to continually ask the children to sit and be quiet, then he/she is no longer an entertainer. They become a disciplinarian and the entire flow of the show suffers. Sometimes the birthday child's parents cannot be in the room where the entertainment is taking place. In those cases, they should ask one of the other parents to watch over the children. The children should not be allowed to touch anything belonging to the entertainer except under the entertainer's supervision. Some things break easily. Some are expensive and in some cases other items may be dangerous for them to touch.
2. Please don't give the children food, snacks or drinks during the show because it is a distraction, their enthusiasm may suffer and could create a mess.
3. Noise is also a major distraction for the children. Music and TV should be turned off during the show. In addition, cell phone conversations should take place in another room.
4. Adult background conversation should take place in another room. For an entertainer to try and talk louder than 30 talking adults is very difficult. If the children can't hear the show, they will not enjoy it.
Together with your help, your child can have a most memorable party!
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
WHY SHOULD I BERKLE-IZE MY CHILDREN?
Children growing up in today's world spend far too much time watching characters that are seven inches tall who exist in a digitally created, fantasy world leaving little to the imagination. Furthermore, children miss the thrill and excitement of interacting with a live performer.
I believe that direct interaction with real people fosters the development of a strong and healthy imagination while establishing highly effective communication skills. My comedy magic and buffoonery are highly interactive and are specifically designed to spark the imagination. From the show's beginning the audience is immediately drawn into my world of make-believe where they can't wait to help create the magic!
DO YOU ONLY PERFORM AT BIRTHDAY PARTIES?
Of course not. Wherever there is a need for entertainment I try to fill that need. I am available for corporate events, store promotions, street fairs, church and school fundraisers, carnivals, block parties, weddings, restaurants, classrooms and anything else your imagine can conjure up. When in doubt, call me and fill me in on all of the details and I will adapt to whatever your needs may be.
HOW DO I PAY?
To make sure you are completely satisfied, I accept payment at the end of the party. I can take checks and cash but I do not accept credit cards.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
Emergencies happen. Please call me as soon as possible so that I can use your time slot to book another party. If you call with less than one week's notice I charge a $25.00 cancellation fee.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT BIRTHDAY PARTIES?
To ensure that your child has the perfect party, I like to work with the host to make sure all the bases are covered. Since I believe that the entertainment for your child's birthday party should never be a hassle, I work my magic by drawing upon my creativity and fun activities so I can do all of the work while you the host can sit back and enjoy the "Berkle-ization" of your child and guests.
When I am invited to any birthday party I become the life of the party, bringing lots of fun and excitement to a special event where the guest of honor becomes the star of the show.
For additional information regarding what I do, please take a look at the various packages that I offer.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AT MY SPECIAL EVENT?
When I'm doing balloon twisting only, I add color to an already exciting event. Unlike other clowns I do not simply crank out the balloon animals like a quiet robot. I love to have fun by interacting with the people as I make their requested balloon sculpture. Telling silly jokes, funny stories, or performing quick and simple magic tricks in between my balloon twisting is my forte.
The way I see it, entertainment MUST reign supreme. Having been sufficiently entertained the children usually run off with their balloon to enjoy the rest of the event.
For larger events such as block parties, picnics, family reunions corporate events, etc. I can entertain small groups for a few minutes at a time while moving through the crowd. In the world of clowning we call this "Strolling Entertainment". Here I perform small magic tricks that I carry in my pockets, tell silly jokes and perform goofy site gags all of which lead to some very interesting and funny ad-lib situations. Strolling Entertainment is an ideal way to keep people of all ages smiling without causing any sort of distraction from the primary event. It is also a great way to keep your guests happy while standing in those long food lines.