Manukau Courier : December 30th 2010
3 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 30, 2010 NEWS PHONEUSON0800889888/2638518 VISIT US AT 22 Cavendish Drive, Manukau City OR ONLINE AT www.SPLNZ.co.nz Normal Lending Criteria Apply To nd out the options available to you call South Paci c Loans today. Overcome the post-Christmas blues by consolidating your debts with South Paci c Loans. Contact our experienced and friendly team for fast service and competitive rates! HAVE A FRESH START TO 2011 CONSOLIDATE YOUR DEBTS AND SAVE MONEY! Ph: 271 2081 283 East Tamaki Rd, East Tamaki TYRE SERVICE, MECHANICAL REPAIRS WOF $20 6 DAYS • Used Tyres from $25 • Full Service from $95 • Wheel Alignments - $39 + GST OPEE EN clowning around Alakazaam: Seven-year-old Loraine Mackenzie helps Cornflake the Clown with a magic trick. Crazy balls: Cornflake is engrossed in a magic trick. Balloon twisting: Cornflake the Clown makes seven-year-old Loraine Mackenzie a yellow balloon dog. One red balloon: Cornflake the Clown makes seven-year-old Loraine Mackenzie laugh with his balloon animal. Here you go: As well as animals Cornflake the Clown also makes pretty good balloon flowers. ' I definitely don't want to turn into an old clown, I'd be too self-conscious about looking creepy. But I'll always be into entertainment and magic. So one day I might fade into an old magician which isn't as bad. ' -- Justin Lane aka Cornflake the Clown The first show I did I knew they'd love all of my tricks -- I was quite confident really. Looking back it was a bad, bad show,'' he says laughing. But I thought it was good at the time.'' Justin hit upon the name Cornflake after searching through his pantry for inspi- ration one day -- naming yourself after food is appar- ently a common practice in the clowning world. He gets a lot of enjoyment out of his work but it does require a lot of practice and patience. It's a common misconcep- tion that clowns turn up to jobs and just start being funny but that couldn't be further from the truth. You have to suss out the crowd's humour and their level of energy straight away, he says. If the crowd's not the excitable type but would much rather sit back it's no use trying to get them to wave their arms about or to sing along with you. In that case I'd act more like a friend who just popped in to do a few magic tricks. A lot of psychology goes into the shows and it's really about engaging with the crowd on their level.'' That includes dealing with children, and some adults, who suffer from coulrophobia -- an extreme fear of clowns. It's a situation Justin's dealt with many times and he believes it occurs because clowns are generally so far- removed from a person's reality'', especially if they're young. Movies like It and Killer Klowns from Outer Space probably don't help much either. When I meet someone who is afraid I will generally keep my distance or try to ease them in slowly if I can. If there's a kid who's scared and I'm able to bring them round that really makes my day.'' From humble beginnings -- putting up posters in supermarkets and video stores as a 13-year-old -- Justin's business Kids Enter- tainment has now grown so much he employs a troupe of other clowns. And he's very proud of the friends he's brought into the business over the past couple of years who all put their heart and soul into entertain- ing kids and adults alike. The future is looking great but eventually he plans to retire Cornflake. I definitely don't want to turn into an old clown, I'd be too self-conscious about look- ing creepy.But I'll always be into entertainment and magic. So one day I might fade into an old magician which isn't as bad.'' See www.kidsentertain ment.co.nz for information about Cornflake the Clown and Kids Entertainment. COSTUME CHANGE At the age of 18 Justin revamped Cornflake's costume claiming that the original was ''far stinker'' than his current look. He admits to staying away from looks that can be hired at costume shops, instead opting for plain bright colours without patterns so he doesn't look too messy. As for the makeup, when he first started out many of the other clowns would paint their whole faces and necks white -- a look he's always hated. ''I did paint my whole face white for a little while because I was just trying to fit in with the group but I never liked the look because it was a bit too freaky. I'm the same with clown afros too. ''Instead I came up with a design where it still looked like a clown but more human. I try to look like a real unique person.''.
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