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quote:Originally posted by Chris_texasMy name is Chris and I am a huge fan of carnivals. I pretty much love everything about them: the lights, the showmen, the smells, to me they have always been magical. Probably most of you feel the same or you wouldn’t be posting here.Um the smells of the showmen? Currently I work as a clown We all do. Just look at our red noses...-- twisting balloons, a bit of juggling, face painting, you know… clown stuff. Now that my daughter has gone off to college, my wife and I are wondering what to do with ourselves and the idea of trying to work for a carnival came up as something that sounded fun. So we have been doing a bit of research. I am hoping that you guys can answer some of my questions.Obviously most carnivals are looking for people with carnival experience. Neither of us have any. We could learn of course, but for now we have none. Without this experience how difficult is it to get a job? I do have a CDL if that’s worth anything. Second question, how much do starting carnival workers earn?We try to remain competitive. You're usually looking at six figure income (WE get to place the decimal point) and a full benefit package. Yup, you think you're getting benefits, you're full of it...Finally, as I said, I work as a clown. If I wasn’t going to work for a carnival, do carnival owners or operators sometimes allow people like me to work the crowd, twisting balloons. I assume I would have to give the show a cut of what I earn. If so, who should I ask to speak to at a show? If you know a psychic, you could have him channel Ed Gregory. He had a clown on the payroll. Of course he was the company snitch too, and when he left the show it was hard to find a man who could fill his shoes (really really big ones....)Thanks in advance, and I appreciate any advice you can give me.Chris
quote:Originally posted by PinetarWhat shape is your back in? A strong back or a gift of gab will get you hired.
quote:Originally posted by with-itI know a guy up here that does the Balloon Twisting thing...He works off tips and gets good action working tables at resturants like Fridays, applebees, Chocthzies, and Flingers. Not to mention getting meal tickets for free meals to boot....Atleast he don't have to worry about going hungry. Knowing a few ez magic tricks helps too...This guy is a lil older then you and can't read and makes enough to do ok...
quote:Originally posted by with-itI know a guy up here that does the Balloon Twisting thing... like Fridays, applebees, Chocthzies, and Flingers.