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This book is a modern clown user guide. It includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters some personal clown anecdotes from clowns from around the world and some theory on the nature of modern clown as well as 50 practical clown exercises appropriate for workshops or performance.

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Angels Can Fly a Modern Clown User Guide
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A Book With a Wealth Of Information -
June 27th, 2015
The role of a clown and a physician are the same - it's to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering. ~~Patch Adams A unique look into the world of what it takes to be a successful clown performer can be found throughout the pages of ANGELS CAN FLY, A MODERN CLOWN USER GUIDE. Don’t let the title mislead you for this is not a general text book on techniques required to be a clown. Instead, it takes an up close and personal look into ten different clowns as they share their own exclusive lives as performers. I was skeptical at what I could take away from this book not having any background or experience with the behind the scenes daily life of a clown. I was literally blown away by all the fascinating information this one book contained. Through the personal stories, anecdote’s, and exercises I felt as though I walked away from this book with a new appreciation for an art form that I never even considered existed. What makes this book such a successful reading experience is the author himself is trained to be a clown and runs a training Centre in Australia. I feel by him being a recognized professional clown that it adds substance by ensuring the information that is contained throughout the pages are from a creditable source. Alan Clay is an author who I admire and greatly respect. Through his books I have discovered an author who I feel is a literary genius. His writing style is so fresh and fulfilling that I am convinced that whatever he were to publish will quickly become a best seller. Authors such
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Five Stars for Angels Can Fly
May 7th, 2015
I read Angels Can Fly after watching the film ‘Courting Chaos’ and I have to say that I was more than happy to realize that I got an extra dose of my favorite characters in this book. Admittedly, this is what I was looking for more so than the learning aspects of it. Whilst there are instructional parts of this book, I found the way that Alan Clay wove them all together with a mixture of fiction to be an easy and fun learning process. This read more like a book that you didn’t want to put down, and before you even realized it, you were learning all about clowning through the characters and their misadventures. Each performer in this story is struggling with their own issues and learning from their peers as they watch on from the sidelines or engage in conversation. I think all of their struggles would be relatable on some level or another to anyone who does this type of street performing, and though I don’t myself, I just really enjoyed this world and the characters in it. It isn’t really something I ever thought much about before, but next time I see a street performer I will surely think of Chaos and Madona, Dancer or Hannibal. As well as the fictional characters, we are also given anecdotes from people in this chosen profession. I found them to be very interesting, and I enjoyed learning about their individual journeys. Amelia’s journey in Ibiza was one that particularly resonated with me. In general, I think the philosophies presented in this book on everything from breathing to yoga to mental thought processes would not only be useful in clowning, but also in all aspects of life.
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A great blend of telling stories and teaching
May 2nd, 2015
After watching the movie based off this book (Courting Chaos) I knew I had to find and read this. I’ll admit that before watching the film or reading this book I didn’t know much about the world of clowning. I say “world” because the clowning vocation is in itself a sub-culture, an environment completely foreign to me. As I found this so interesting I really wanted to know more about clowns, like who are the people drawn into this profession and what do they get out of it. I love the titles of each chapter and how they move the book forward, from Breath to Play, to Trust, Self, Practice and faith, it’s a journey. Each chapter has a specific focus but they are all tied together. I really liked the personal stories throughout this book but I found the exercises and anecdotes very interesting and gave me even more insight into this fascinating world. I never knew clowning could be so serious! I also found it interesting that a lot of the advice in here would be applicable to any career, especially the chapters on expectations, risk, release and failure. Even though I don’t think I will change careers to become a clown I definitely have a new appreciation for those in the field, especially street artists.
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