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Who are we? 

We have been a mother and daughter team since 2009. I am a part-time secretary at New Horizon Christian Church and Clarissa is now a college student. I love to bring fun activities to events in our community. Please ask about Clarissa's availability. I also have a new assistant in training for larger events.

 

How did we get started in this business? 

In a nutshell, I started out painting cheek art at home parties for Clarissa and her friends in the late 90’s.  A few years later, we tried out balloon twisting.  Clarissa caught on faster than I did.  We had lots of parties at our house with Clarissa’s friends.  More than once, I heard a mother tell me I was very brave.  I thought, "Brave? What do you mean?  This is fun!"   By 2004, we were painting faces and twisting balloons enough that we thought we may as well start a little business together.  Over the years, our entertainment has evolved around our customers’ requests.  (Clowning, magic shows, etc. for a wide variety of events)  We have also used our skills at our church in Sunday School, Children’s Worship and special events. I was inspired to learn to juggle in memory of my cousin, Garry Herald Hutson, an excellent juggler, who was killed in a bicycle accident.  At his funeral service, all his juggling equipment was laid out on a table.  It was so sad to see him and all he accomplished come to an end.  Then I thought, "I could learn to juggle in my cousin’s memory."  To be honest, I have gained a great respect for jugglers.  Juggling looks easy, but it is actually very hard and requires a lot of practice.  I am not a juggler.  I am a clown that juggles and I have learned to have fun with it!

 

What characters does Lisa portray?

Fee Fee the Clown (fun, traditional Auguste style clown in full costume/make up)

Miss Reada Storey (fun lite Auguste style character clown (less makeup), who promotes reading and education, a nice alternative to a traditional clown)

Lisa Faye the Farm Girl (fun Mid-West Character Clown with less makeup, another nice alternative to a traditional clown). 

Lyda Lou—Costume is short or long pants and a tie dye shirt with a big clown face on it (the nose squeaks :o), no make up, for street clothes bookings

All characters can perform face painting, balloon twisting, magic, juggling, storytelling and more.

 

What does Clarissa do? 

Clarissa is a fabulous balloon twister! She is not a clown. (She wears street clothes). After 10 years of performing at fun events with me, Clarissa is now in college. Please ask about her availability.

 

How long have we been in business?

We started in the fall of 2004 and we are still having fun!

 

What are our booking rates?

We have a variety of rates to work with any budget.

You can hire me alone or both of us together, in costume or in street clothes, by the hour, by the day or for multiple dates.  Discounts may be available for non-profit and charitable organizations.  We even do some volunteer events.  Contact Lisa Hinshaw for more details.

 

Professional Products

Snazaroo brand and other professional quality face paints (Approved by the FDA, washes off easily with soap and water, very low incidence of allergic reaction and contains preservatives to inhibit the growth and transfer of germs)

Qualatex and Betallatex professional quality balloons - The very best available, biodegradable and helium quality, if needed. Warning: Choking Hazard – No balloon of any kind belongs in the mouth. -

Parental/Guardian supervision is required for all children under 8 years of age.

 

Professional Memberships

Twin City Tale Spinners, Normal, IL

Heart and Sole Caring Clown Alley, Decatur, IL

Class Clown Alley, Morton, IL

World Clown Association

Clowns of America International

Christian Jugglers Association

Fellowship of Christian Magicians—We have attended their week long international conference in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.  For more information, check out their site at www.fcm.org. 

World Clown Association: I attended their international clown conference in 2014. For more information please visit http://worldclown.com/

 

Do we support any charitable causes?

Yes! We donate 10% of our net profits to the following:

· ISU Foundation (Autism Program—our monies help support supplies, games and toys, used in direct therapy with Autistic children)