The Art of Clowning

The Art of Clowning is the first book on clowning technique and offers a step-by-step process for actors and other theatrical enthusiasts to discover their “inner clown.” This fun and accessible guide expands on theories and exercises to help students and beginners develop solo and group performances. Using twenty years of teaching experience, Simon reveals a complete system of clowning that is a must-have for amateurs and experts alike.

Now with even MORE ways to find your inner clown!

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Masking Unmasked

Masking Unmasked is a basic guide to using the ancient art of acting with masks to develop character and movement in four sections that correspond to mask size: Full-Face Masks, Clowning, Bag Masks, and Half-Face Masks. Each section addresses fundamental acting principles and shows how the ancient technique can be applied to the contemporary stage. It is the perfect book to use as background to traditional, non-masked acting principles. Actors in masks experience the primary goal of acting because they are required to tap into profound physical, vocal, emotional, and psychological transformations in the course of creating a character. In addition, masking promotes honest, believable, and detailed work. Illustrated profusely throughout, the hands-on exercises developed by Eli Simon teach actors to shift cleanly between beats, execute moment-to-moment specificity, unleash creative impulses, take risks, and expand character range, power, and vulnerability.

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bookcover2Power Speech

It’s not just what you say… it’s how you say it.

My purpose in writing this book is to give you techniques that will transform your public presentations. Each of these techniques was initially used in state-of-the-art actor training programs, designed to improve actors’ on-stage expressiveness. I developed Power Speech by modifying these techniques for non-actors and then testing them to prove their effectiveness in the business world. Power Speech gives nervous speakers confidence, weak speakers strength, and boring speakers the means to captivate a restless audience. The techniques are designed to deepen your sense of conviction and broaden your range of influence over others.

Power Speech is used by a wide range of speakers – including physicians, CEO’s, salespeople, teachers at all levels of education, motivational speakers, scientists, artists, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. If want to look and sound your best, if you are ready to improve your stage presence, and if you are willing to put some time into it, this book was written for you.

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