The Magic Wand
At parties I always try and use the birthday child as my helper if they are old enough and if they are willing to be a helper. At Selena's party all was going well, I had the children grouped together on a blanket in front of me and I had called on Selena to be my helper for some "Clown Comedy Magic".
At one point during the performance I have the birthday child do the magic by waving a magic wand. To heighten the anticipation, and add comedy elements to the production I tell the helper to take out their magic wand for the next step. Usually I get a reaction of,
"But I don't have a magic wand!"
In which case I happily pull out one of my magic wands for the birthday child to use.
Back to Selena's party. I am at the point where I tell the birthday child to get out her magic wand and I am pause for the inevitable,
"but I don't have...,"
When Selena excitedly says, "But my mommy does in her bedroom!"
There is a full 5 second pause and the party ERUPTS in laughter. I am trying not to laugh and I keep shaking my head and trying not to look anybody in the eye but finally I give in and laugh myself. The children are bewildered but are beginning to laugh as well. A good while later the party calms a bit and I stage whisper to Selena,
"You're not supposed to be funnier than I am!"
Post Script to this story:
I saw Selena and her family at an event recently and I told them that I had written a Chicken Soup for the Clown's Soul story about the party. I gave them the web site address and I received this email,
"Dear Pom Pom,
Thanks so much for making Selena's birthday party a success. To this day she still says that your the best clown ever. Until November we will see you soon..
Sincerely, The Chavez Family Mark, Nadine and Selena"
Oh my goodness