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Monday, December 22, 2014

Buck Out and About

Buck Dillwater and his buddy, Peanut, doing an evening's entertainment for the holidays.


I've been street performing along Houston Street here in San Antonio with my marionettes ans will continue to the end of 2014. I'd never done street performing before so it's been quite a learning experience. With any luck and a little bit of work I'll continue doing it in 2015.

From Way Back When- Guest Clown RBBBC Feb. 14, 1993



Steve Copeland found this little gem from my Ringling past. It's a news piece from 1993 about a reporter who was a guest clown on the Ringling Red Unit. Rik Gern made him up and Chad Miller and Benny Schulz worked him into the "Doctor Gag". You can see a fragment of our "Come-In routine as well. I'm somewhere in there. Memories.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Little Something I Drew...





There's nothing better than two old friends chit chatting the afternoon away. I made this pencil drawing over the weekend. If you're interested in buying it drop me a line here at this blog. Thanks!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Luna Brothers Circus


The hardest working family in show biz!
Circus magic!
Impressive!
Amazing!


We got to see the Luna Brothers Circus recently. It was a good show. They made a very generous. and tempting offer
Wow!
 I love the circus!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October Sky # 1

I had to take this beautiful photo while I was out and about one early morning this week.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Dwarf's Table is Finished!

...Now I have to sand and paint it! Doh! Tomorrow will also see the start of the evil queen's throne and a couple of platforms. Teamwork at Rancho Ramirez ! 

Snow White Set Pieces



This is the table to be used for by the Seven Dwarfs for the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet production of Snow White. The table should be finished by tomorrow!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Snow White Needs Your Help!

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Hi everyone!. San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet  is presenting a brand new ballet and needs your help!

Through Indiegogo, they're hoping to raise funds to help cover the expenses for this wonderful  production which includes live musicians. Please help support the arts today by going to the posted link and make a contribution. It doesn't have to be a huge amount. Every little bit helps! Remember: It take a village to raise the arts! 

Thanks you for your help!

The link : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bringing-snow-to-san-antonio-snow-white-that-is

Monday, October 6, 2014

Huevos Rancheros Gala and Silent Auction





Making dragons this past Saturday morning at the 17th Annual Huevos Rancheros Gala and Silent Auction at the Guadalupe Plaza.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Snow White

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There will be a fund raiser for the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet at Morgan's Wonderland. Meet the cast of the upcoming S.A. Met's production of "Snow White" that day.  And of course, don't forget to get your tickets for "Snow White" running November 15 and 16. Pammy and I are building props for the show and she'll be playing the part of the evil queen disguised as the old hag. It's going to be a great performance by our favorite ballet company.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Buck at the Book Fair

L to R: Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Carolyn Flores, myself, Tandy Gutierrez and Xaxier Garza.


Late last month I helped out at the Southwest Texas Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Book Fair held at the San Pedro Barnes and Noble. My contribution was a clown demo which was a lot of fun to do. Posted above is a pic with myself as Buck Dillwater: Doofus Extraordinaire and some of the guest writers and illustrators.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Carpa Garcia Wiki Link

 http://users.marshall.edu/~brooks/La%20Carpa%20Garcia--%20Mexican%20Tent%20Show,%201914-1947_files/carpa_5.jpg


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpa_Garcia

El Vato Suave

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  Rodolfo Garcia a.k.a. "Don Fito: El Vato Suave" of La Carpa Garcia.       



La Carpa Garcia



SaySi's production of "La Carpa Garcia" , the true story of a tent show from San Antonio, Texas,had another successful run this past weekend with sold out shows for the entire weekend! Once again I had the honor and pleasure of playing the role of the elderly Rodolfo Garcia a.k.a. El Vato Suave: Don Fito, featured clown of the Carpa Garcia.

 La Carpa Garcia was family owned Mexican American circus/ theatre show that traveled across the southwest during the first half of the 20th century. It's a little known piece of San Antonio's history that thankfully is being preserved and shared with San Antonians. 

Photo Courtesy of SaySi.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rest In Peace Joan Rivers June 8, 1933- September 4, 2014


Mini Mural Project



This past summer I was one of several artists selected to participate in San Anto Cultural Arts "Mini Mural Project". We designed and painted a mural on a special fabric and when completed would be permanently placed on a wall. My mural depicted iconic masked Mexican wrestler Mil Mascaras on a postage stamp. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Carpa Garcia Play

Last years production of "La Carpa Garcia".










Monday, September 1, 2014

Clowning Demo

Photo courtesy of Southwest Texas Chapter of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.


Hey, kids! We'll be at the San Pedro Barnes and Noble September 20th for a clowning demo as part of the Book Fair benefiting the Southwest Texas chapter of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Authors Marjorie Brody, Carolyn Dee Flores, Xavier Garcia, Geraldine Guadagno, Miranda Koerner, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Lupe Ruiz-Flores will also be there, as will award-winning illustrator Akiko White, who will provide an interactive cakelustration.

Lots of fun for everyone! Hope to see you there!

Happy Labor Day


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Texas Observer Interview Link

 
Jen Reel (L) filming our gag for the Texas Observer. Photo Credit:Cliff Edward


Here's a link to an interview of Pammy by Jen Reel of the Texas Observer conducted prior to the start of our Summer Circus Camp at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. The camp this summer ran for five weeks from June 9th to July 18th .

http://www.texasobserver.org/direct-quote-all-the-world-loves-a-clown/

Texas Observer Interview

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

R2D2 and C3PO No Smoking PSA (1982 )



Continuing the festivities for "May The Fourth Be With You", "Revenge of the Sixth", etc. I offer this PSA circa 1982 featuring our favorite droids. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Change of Pace

Well, it's been some time since I worked at Seaworld but the opportunity came again recently. Starting today (and for the next two Saturdays) I'll be clowning it up for the masses meeting and greeting and doing a pre-show with Ben Schave from Austin. I'll post photos as soon as I can. Happy Saturday to all!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mini-Mural Progress


Step one


Step two


Step three


Step four


Step five

Here's some pics of the work done thus far for the mini-mural project sponsored by San Anto Cultural Arts. Here's the link to their site.

http://www.sananto.org/

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Earth Day!



Happy Earth Day from Doc Edwards: Aquifer Explorer and his pal Karston, the Texas Blind Salamander!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Circus Memories-RBBBC Bello and Bo Tour 2001: Float


She's a beauty! The parade floats for any Ringling show are really wonderful set pieces. The one pictured above actually, if memory serves me well, carried the contortionists who performed on the floats in all three rings. Pretty nice stage to work on.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Doc Ed At Woodlawn Elementary School

What a nice looking school!


I spent a very enjoyable day as my alter-ego Doc Edwards: Aquifer Explorer, at Woodlawn Elementary School where I presented six shows for grades K through 5th.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mini-Mural Project is a Comin'!



Arriba Arte Studios submitted several sketches for the San Anto Cultural Arts Mini-Mural Mural Project. And the winner is.... the Mil Mascaras postage stamp! The mural will measure 10'x10' and it'll be painted over the course of the next few weeks. It's a pretty neat idea because the painting will be done on a type of fabric that will be permanently placed on a wall upon the mural's completion. Today I order the paints and then-it's fun time!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Somethin' Fun for Spring Break




If you'd like to try something different and fun for Spring Break sign up for our "Spring Break Circus Camp" at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center March 10-14. It's going to be a fun week of trying your hand at physical comedy and basic, circus skills such as juggling balancing, hat moves and more. Classes will be held at the historic Guadalupe Theatre at 1300 Guadalupe St. . Go to the link below to register online or call 210-271-3151.

http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/spring-break-circus-camp/

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Advanced Studies 1993





Back in the summer of 1993 I spent a very wonderful week immersed in clowning in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Advanced Studies II in the Performance Art of Clowning was organized by two well known and beloved masters of circus clowning: Glenn "Frosty" Little and Leon "Buttons" McBryde, both of whom were veterans of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. The week-long session covered many aspects of clowning for most any level of clown performer and is where I got my first taste of circus clowning in a class taught by Frosty Little. He taught a group of us a construction gag involving chair falls, board hits and pratfalls that was so much fun. That was a fun week. Click on any of the images for a bigger image.

Friday, January 24, 2014

January Sky #1

I took this a few nights ago. It was such a pretty sight. 

Coming Soon: Clown Camp



Pammy and I will be teaching clown classes at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center the week of March 10th (Spring Break). More info coming soon!
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