Posts tagged in ‘ The Joker’

August 1, 2014 - Toothache and a dream

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The Artist Crime of The Century .

Imagine … sitting in the waiting room of a dentist surgery, flipping through a newspaper.  You spot a sketch of the proposed Twin Tower buildings in New York.  In that moment you decide, upon completion of the buildings, you will (illegally) string a tightrope wire between the towers (450 metres high) and attempt the impossible.  And you do it.  Not once, but you dance (and kneel and lay) along the wire, crossing back and forth 8 times.   Phillepe Petite devoted years to making his dream a reality -along with loyal supporters.   A friend told me this story and recommended the movie ‘Man on Wire’.  I return to it time and time again for inspiration and strength – and the message that we must prepare our steps well but also be prepared to step back from the wire when those steps don’t feel right to take.

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March 5, 2010 - No joke!

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“I was only joking”  –  is a what some people say to  get away with saying what they really mean.    Fooling around with peoples heads is a dirty game.

February 4, 2010 - No laughing matter !

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Some folks have an intense fear of clowns.   Here’s an excerpt from an article in Dumbo Feather magazine, Coulrophobia written by Kimberley Newman.  Pictured, standing up to the resident Black Dog Joker on giant canvas used on Youth Focus camp. 

Clowns were once the habitual and entertaining stars of children’s birthday parties, the pin up funny men of gags and amusement parks, and familiar comic characters of circus and pantomime.   In my formative years, I blissfully celebrated three birthdays with that famous red and yellow clown, Ronald McDonald.   Yet, dressed in oversized shoes, baggy clothes, distorted red painted lips, thickly-powdered face and devil-like tuffs of wild hair, it hardly takes a stretch of one’s imagination to see that there’s a dark side to the clown.

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December 4, 2009 - Standing up to the Joker

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Made this giant canvas to write on during the Youth Focus camp this weekend.    Wrote this great quote across the 2 metre bottom:  

 “To be nobody but yourself in a world which does its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and NEVER stop fighting.’                                                                                         

 (EE Cummings, English poet).   Shoes models own. I’m no model but I do walk in my very own shoes.

November 22, 2009 - The Joker # 5 – curtain call

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 The original drawing with all it’s scribbles like … “I don’t want to be a star because I know how much it hurts when they fall – and besides, it’s rude to point.”  This is when I was about to launch my book.  I knew I had to step up and do the publicity if I wanted the book to reach people, but I was terrified of the attention and on the flip side – failure.   My Psychologist told me the tight rope walker story and supported me as I stepped onto the wire (see previous Joker blogs).