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HE REMEMBERS COTTON:
When his mom asked 9 year old Gabriel if he remembered Cotton the Clown
coming to his 5th birthday party, he responded:
"I LOVED THAT GUY!!!"
Sometimes...the birthday child just assumes that, since the clown was provided for the party, that they obviously "own" the clown, and therefore have full access and privilege to everything the clown has brought into their home for the party. While it is a lot of fun, Solo-Entertaining at children’s parties often feels like participating in a TRIATHLON!
A good performer will dedicate a lot of time to explaining. And the explanation had better be good, or the “mystique” is quickly blown. With two or three children, this can be experienced as a fun and insightful conversation…but when you have as many as 8,15, 22 children (and up) simultaneously involved in the "interview process", it presents a unique Challenge. ~ Children's entertainers hear everything from: "Are you a REAL clown?"/ "Can I go next?"/ "Why do you have on that costume?"/ "Why do you have so many (fill in the blank) ?"/ "What is your real name?"/ "Where do you live?"/ "What kind of car do you have?"/ "Do you know ((fill in the blank)?"/ "When is it going to be MY turn?"/ "Why can’t I play with all your stuff?"/ " Is that your REAL hair?" (as one or more attempt to pull on the object in question)/ "Where is your mother?"/ "What else can you do?"/ "Why did “he” (or “she”) get to go first?"/ "Why do you have to leave?"/ , etc.
Sometimes all questions are being asked simultaneously!
One of the most complex elements of the birthday party business is time management. Time allotments for each activity will be gauged to correspond to the number of participants perceptible to the entertainer. It is disconcerting for performers to discover that one or more "shy" children are present, but were out of sight previouslybut want a balloon or other item now, as sufficient time to fulfill this request was not calculated into the iitial allotment of each segment's duration.
Often duplicate requests for another balloon animal or face painting can place your entertainer in a difficult situation. More creative little ones might conveniently “lose” the balloon they were originally given because they want a "new" one, or accidentally wash off their face paint, so of course, they need to have it "redone".
These might seem trivial, however there are often times when just a couple of extra trifles will place your entertainer in a difficult situation. The time required to redo balloons or face painting for just one guest is the equivalent of including another guest in the booking process.
When balloon creations are offered outdoors, expect them to pop almost instanty, which can prove frustrating for everyone.
Likewise, hot and humid weather can make it almost impossible to just inflate thin balloons without popping them, much less twist them into a shape! When these conditions exist, a considerable amount of time is absorbed just for making balloons.
Cotton strives to ensure that, with the exception of the birthday child, all party guests receive equal attention.
Cotton 's schedule is carefully arranged to be on time to each event. An accumulation of five minute "derailments" can prove disastrous for the day’s subsequent parties.