Podcast with Dr. Ricky Fishman

In this Podcast, Jeff speaks with Dr. Ricky Fishman of Health Grooves about the role of clowning in health and healing as well as his own journey to become a world-renowned clown. Jeff talks about his life path including his professional clowning career and co-founding Medical Clown Project and his belief in the healing power of laughter.

Spectacle Journal Review

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Book Review Vol. VIII, No. 1 January 2019 The Snow Clown: Cartwheels on Borders from Alaska to Nebraska by Jeff Raz ISBN 978-0-9979048-2-6 Jeff Raz has had a remarkably varied career in the performing arts that has supported him and his family for decades. His book The Snow Clown deals with only a small portion of his artistic endeavors, this time in the unlikely venues of the remote frozen tundra of Alaska and the … Read More

Storytelling Across Cultures

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The Snow Clown is full of stories, of course; it is also about the power of stories across cultures. Near the end of the book, a group of high school students in the Yup’ik village of St. Michael take the power of storytelling away from their teacher, who has been rehearsing the student show using Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” speech as the overall structure. Note: Charlene, who you will meet in a moment, … Read More

January 2019

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  Dear Friends and Family, 2019 has started fast for me and ‘The Snow Clown‘, with lots of book events and interviews (see below). In my spare time, I have, like you, been reading, listening to and watching stories about everything from the wonderfully diverse class of new U.S. Representatives to the government shutdown to the four beautiful circus/theater shows I attended in December. Stories are a hot topic in 2019, and not just … Read More

The Power of Storytelling

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In a recent interview with the NY Times, Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) talked about the power of storytelling: Michelle Obama: When I say “go high,” I’m not trying to win the argument. I’m trying to figure out how to understand you and how I can help you understand me. Tracee Ellis Ross: Knowing other people’s stories is how we connect with them. That’s where the compassion is ignited. If people who … Read More

December 2018

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Dear Friends and Family, On Sunday, I finished performing in a three-week run of a wonderful circus/dance/music piece called ‘JOY!’; the next night my family lit the full menorah to celebrate the last day of Hanukkah. Some holiday light at the darkest time of the year.   The Power of Storytelling In a recent interview with the NY Times, Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) talked about the power of storytelling: Michelle Obama: … Read More

November 2018

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Dear Friends and Family, In this Gazette: a FREE event, a Big Book sale, some holiday ‘JOY!’ and thoughts on the Politics of Human Connection – what more could you ask for? The Politics of Human Connection A few weeks ago, I was working a phone bank supporting progressive candidates. One guy started our conversation with, “I would never vote for a Democrat in my life.” I asked him why and he told me … Read More

The Politics of Human Connection

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A few weeks ago, I was working a phone bank supporting progressive candidates. One guy started our conversation with, “I would never vote for a Democrat in my life.” I asked him why and he told about a bill that Jerry Brown signed into law that “Ruined my business!” I said, “That makes sense” and asked him to sell me on the Republican candidate. We talked for twenty minutes, laughing a lot, teasing each … Read More

October 2018

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Dear Friends and Family, Today’s virtual swag includes invitations to Dell’Arte International for a Snow Clown book event on October 20 and Medical Clown Project’s Grand CIRCUS Rounds at Laguna Honda Hospital on October 7. First, I have a few thoughts on living in the moment. “Be Here Now”, the deceptively simple idea that Ram Dass introduced to mainstream America in the early ‘70s, shows up in improv, education and even Judaism, sexist language … Read More

Be Here Now Philosophy in ‘The Snow Clown’

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TUESDAY WAS ACROBATICS DAY, starting with a dozen fourth graders. I asked the kids to take off their shoes and line up. Nothing happened. 24 eyes just stared at me. I repeated myself, a little more slowly and with better articulation, “Please take off your shoes so we can do acrobatics on the mats.” Twelve kids stood completely still with blank looks on their faces. Tina took off her shoes and did a string … Read More

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