Arts in the Family: A Family of Artists Just Trying to Make a Living in the Wilds of Texas


Monday, August 19, 2013

Doc is Back in the Saddle!

I can't believe summer is almost over! But the good thing is we're that much closer to Halloween! Plus, pretty soon, I'll be going to schools all over the San Antonio area and the surrounding counties to entertain and educate the kids as Doc Ed: Aquifer Explorer! I'm ready to go. Should be a very good year for Doc Ed as he'll be joined by Karston the Texas Blind Salamander more often.

I'm also two months shy of six years since I started performing as Doc Ed. In that time my wife and I have written several show for the Edwards Aquifer Authority's favorite aquifer explorer. By the time September rolls around we'll have written our fourth show for them which will feature Karston the Texas Blind Salamander.

In those six years I've learned quite a bit about educational styled entertainment. But the most valuable thing I discovered is that the skills I've developed as a clown over the last twenty four years, work quite well in the world of educational entertainment, specifically as Doc Ed. I use a variety of physical comedy bits at times, magic, puppetry and verbal humor to make an educational experience enjoyable and perhaps if they have fun watching me inject a little silliness into science education, they might be more inclined to want to learn more about that subject long after I've gone. That's the ultimate goal. And laughter, of course.


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