Some raves and reviews about Charles...
Charles has that rare ability to truly reach the concerns of children and not merely make them laugh at silly pranks. I see many children's performers who are full of razzle dazzle, yet are totally out of touch with the needs of children. Charles speaks the language of children, he manages to be quite entertaining while offering something more than flash and gimmicks. He is a warm, kind, funny human being, and these qualities transcend into his performance. After seeing Charles The Clown, children will have learned a subtle little lesson about becoming kinder, more considerate people. — Susan Jayson, Founding Director, Children's Playce Museum, North Hollywood, CA.
Charles is a Renaissance man author, clown, magician, political writer. What I find fascinating about him is his unique ability to work with children. He is very aware of the psychological implications of clowns and the dynamics of performing for children. He is warm, intelligent a Mister Rogers in a clown wig!
— Elaine Fleming Founding Director, Kidspace, a participatory museum, Pasadena, CA
On Tuesday of this week my daughter attended your show at Children's Hospital. After five difficult nights in the hospital it was wonderful to hear her laugh over and over again during your show. Thank you so much for taking the time to entertain sick children. It was such a delightful distraction for both daughter and daddy and I'm convinced it helped her heal faster.
— David V., Seattle
Thank you for responding to our call for celebrities attend the holiday party at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, for visiting the besides of the patients and making them laugh while often holding back your own heartfelt tears ...
— Betty White, Honorary Chairperson, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Thank you so much for coming to our preschool to entertain the children. You were absolutely amazing! the adults enjoyed y our performance as much as, if not more than, the children!
— Lynne Goldsmith, Director, BTD Community School, Baltimore, MD
Thank you so much for making Nikai’s party a special one - you did your usual fantastic job with the kids. Nikai still talks about you. You have a unique gift and a wonderful way with children.
— K&B Johnson, Seattle
Can a bunch of giggling preschoolers really tell if a clown is great? You bet they can. Just by their gleeful laughter. And we adults get a double treat — an enjoyable show plus witnessing the joy of our own and other children involved and elated at a show that is geared to their developmental stage. — Enid R, Parent, Los Angeles, CA.
Just a brief note to thank you for your fantastic performance at Kelly’s birthday party this weekend. I have truly never seen her happier nor such a group of three year olds so enrapt by anyone for such a long span of time. My daughter now wants to be “Charles The Clown” for
Halloween and continually asks me when you are going to visit her again. — Bonnie T., Los Angeles, CA
Year after year we enjoy the laughter of our children that only comes from you. Thank you for bringing joy into their lives and ours too. Blessings, Bethel Lutheran School, Cupertino, CA
A very deep thank you for our event. The school community had a terrific experience and felt so lucky their kids had this gentle introduction to theater and clowns. — Rainier Valley Coop Preschool, Seattle
On behalf of the Specialized Programs Section of the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, we would like to thank you for the time and talent you displayed at our Special Needs Youth Summer Camp. The kids and staff loved your show. It was full of fun and excitement … we sure love having you at camp, it’s a joy. — Jessica Zemke, Camp Director
Just a note to thank you, Charles, for another extraordinary performance. It takes a very special person to make people laugh. Knowing the circumstances of many of our children, the love you share with them is extra special. — Sharron R. Marsh, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Mariposas Foundation, for children with cancer and catastrophic diseases
Charles The Clown knows how to entertain children.
He's gentle and funny and when I showed his tape to my child, she loved
it over and over again!
— Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight
Thank you Charles for your wonderful gift to the children of NWS faculty. You are a cherished tradition at the holiday party. — Ellen Taussig, Head of School, Northwest School, Seattle
Having you at Owen & Fiona’s birthdays is like taking our family to Disneyland! You are extremely famous at our home. — Celia T., Seattle
I wanted to thank you again for your professional and polished performance. The children enjoyed your humor and antics. Their parents appreciated your positive approach of applying clown make up and clothing in front of the children so they would know who was underneath the disguise. The words I heard buzzing around the library for several days from staff and patrons were “hilarious,” “laugh out loud funny,” “entertaining,” and “he was perfect for the age level of the children.” — Lisa Anderson, Children’s Librarian, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, WA
We were very appreciative of your recent performance at our author party and benefit for the Women’s Health Research Foundation. Judging by the pattern of the crowds our presence was a definite draw. Many of the guests remarked to me how sensitive your were with the little ones. In every case I heard nothing but rave reviews. — Peggy B, Event Coordinator, Seattle
Thank you so much for bring your marvelous show to the Shoreline Historical Museum. Both the children and adults obviously had a great time. You introduced some new folks to the Museum helping spread the world about what a great resources people have right here in their community. — Vicki Stiles, Director, Shoreline, WA
Thank you again for your hilarious performance. — Franja Bryant, Children’s Librarian, Lake Hills (King County) Library, WA
The excited laughter of over 70 children was really great to hear. Thank you for contributing to the success of our reading club. — Lora Bennett, Librarian, Kenmore (King County) Library, WA
Best wishes to you in your own creative ways of helping children and their families enjoy party times. We are happy to have your book in our library here at the office. I feel that we are all working together to help children grow in a healthy way.
—Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
Thank you so much for sharing your talents and energy with the children at the Kirkland Library. I love to hear genuine, hearty laughter — what a delight. — Sue M., Children’s Librarian
I can’t thank you enough for all the laughs and smiles you brought to our school. You are an amazing actor and so wonderful with the children. — Director Ani, Los Angeles Family School
Many thanks for the performance. While all of the children enjoyed it, I want to tell you that Hannah, who was the phobic one, told her mom that she might ask you to her birthday party.
— Janie Lou Hirsch, Director Westland School, Los Angeles
Wow!! Where did you find him?!! was the response we kept getting from parents of children who attended Connor's 5th birthday party. Your style, your stage presence, your professionalism, and your way of engaging the children have impressed all the parents and captured the hearts of all the children at the party. — Juli J. W., Redmond, WA
It was so exciting to see the children light up with happiness as you entertained with your magic tricks and rhymes. Even the young boy who vomited just before your show was smiling and interacting with you during your show! Isn't that what you are all about... bringing smiles to sick children? I also appreciate the professionalism that you and your support staff exhibited throughout the planning and organization of this event. It is so good to work with people who understand the unique needs of children in the hospital.
— Doug Leffin, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA
We wish to thank you for being such an important part of our alcohol/drug prevention programs for Mariposa's young students. Our feedback is that you were hilariously funny and that the teachers and principals as well as the children found your performances fascinating and had a great time. We hope that you will participate with us again next year.
— Cathleen McNamara, Kings View Alcohol and Drug Services for Mariposa County, CA
I am delighted to be able to introduce Charles The Clown to parents and fellow educators. At last, a magician and clown who is charming, intuitive, wholesome, sweet and non-threatening to the most timid child. Charles is a class act and a very special clown. He has the children captivated and in stitches. — Bridgit Smith, Paddington House School, Seattle
Thank you for the needed information on how to entertain children in the hospital. ... I was asked to do a puppet show at a hospital. I got cold feet because this is very, very new to me, and I needed desperately to find some information on every topic that you covered! It is truly a God sent blessing and I just wanted to share that with you and let you know that I really appreciate your precious gift to me and the children in the hospital. I will now have the confidence I need to go forth with this privilege of giving to someone else who is in need.
— Diane Kiel, (an email to Charles)
No wonder you're appearing everywhere this summer.. our children's room was packed with close to 300 children and parents... I was warned by my staff about the parents who could be less attentive than their youngsters, but your entertaining program kept everyone captivated throughout. — S. Park, LA Public Library
I just wanted to send a special "thank you" your way for the wonderful entertainment you provided during our company event on Friday. I received nothing but praise for Charles and his magic and humor by the staff and management.
— Tracy Wolfe, Vulcan Northwest, Seattle
We were so delighted to have you perform at our PTA Father/Son and Mother/Daughter celebrations. We have been overwhelmed with the response from the students and parents who attended the events. Your performances were exactly what we had hoped for. Thank you for your willingness to work with such large audiences with a wide range of ages. We thank you for your exceptional act, your promptness and professionalism, and the pleasure we had working with Linda on the details to meet our PTA's needs. — Echo Lake Elementary PTA, Shoreline, WA
Charles has performed almost 11,000 shows.
Here are some of his clients...
FAMILY SHOWS: Fred Hutchinson Institute School (Parent Night), The Bellevue Club, The Lake Hills Club, North Shore Golf Club, Inglewood Golf Club, Portage Bay Yacht Club, Cottage Lake Beach Club, Newport Yacht Club, Seattle Tennis Club, Pro Sports Club, ViewRidge Swim & Tennis Club, City of Lake Forest Park, Third Place Books, The College Club, Stroum Jewish Community Center, East Madison YMCA, University of Washington graduate student housing, Seattle Professional Photographers Association, Pied Piper Productions, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Crossroads Community Center, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mariposa, The Hawthorne Inn, Montlake Community Center, Kidspace (LA), Los Angeles Children's Museum, Children's Playce (LA), UCLA employees ...
CORPORATE: Microsoft, Vulcan Northwest, LMN Architects, Luminous Technology Corp, Mutual of Omaha, Concur Technologies, Delta Airlines, Host International, South Capital Partners, Com. Group, Best Foods, AirTouch Cellular, IBM, Excell Data Corporation, Ceptyr Corporation, Icon Office Solutions, Exxon, Preferred Chemical & Equipment Company, Readapt Systems & Peripherals, Inc., Hartung Glass Industries, General Foods, Kraft Foods, URS Greiner Woodward Clyde, Costco, Capitol Records, Safelite Auto Glass, Security Contractor Services, Ramada Inn, Action Events, Albertsons, Holiday Inn SeaTac, Dicks Drive-In Corporate, Woodenville Water District, Charlie's Produce, Mechanic Inc., Seacast Company, The Boeing Corporation, Howard & Frost Advertising, Botanical Design, Crown Hill Chiropractic, Attachmate ...
SPECIAL EVENTS, FESTIVALS, THEME PARKS: Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Bumbershoot, U.S. Olympic Arts Festival, Theatre Arts Festival For Youth, Des Moines Waterland Festival, Meeker Mansion & Safe Streets, Salmon Days, Shoreline Arts Festival, Madrona Mayfair Parade and show, Heritage Festival, Nibble of Northshore, Real Time Productions, Mercer Island Rotary Run Day - Half Marathon, Madison Park annual picnic, Children's Miracle Network, Campfire Girls Jammin' Jamboree, ALS Walk, Mill Creek Festival, AIDS Walk, Auburn Good Old Days, Lake Forest Park Farmers Market grand opening, Des Moines Parks & Recreation Family Fun Day, Snoqualmie Valley Railroad Days, Lake Forest Park Children's Parade, Sonata Software, American Diabetes Association, Candlewood/Carriagewood picnic, 'Health Kids Day, Tacoma Rainier Stadium, Tillicum Village, Libyan Association, …
EARLY CHILDHOOD & ELEMENARY: Bertschi School, Bethel Lutheran School (Cupertino), Celebration Kids (Pasadena), Boeing Family Centers Childcare, Country Village School, Country Dawn School, The French American School of Puget Sound, Country Day School, Canyon Park Montessori, Mary Pop Ins, Sunset Elementary School, Bright Horizons U. Village and West 8th, Ravenna Eckstein Recreation Center, Bellevue School District Summer Childcare Program Field Day, Harbor Square Athletic Club Childcare, Children's World Learning Centers, Rainier Valley Coop, Countryside Montessori Child Care, Holy Rosary School, Bothell Daycare Living Hope Christian Fellowship, Ballard First Lutheran Child Care Center, Evergreen Academy, Burien Co-Op, Backstage Dance, Capitol Hill Co-Op, Pinehurst Child Care Center, Brown Bear Edu-Care, Paddington House (St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church preschool), Small Faces Child Development Center, Lake Hills Montessori, Greenwood School, St. Therese School, Issaquah Co-Op Preschool, KinderCare Centers, Nancy's Noah's Ark, all KIDS 'N US Childcare Centers, Child Development Center of Shoreline Christian Church, Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center Preschool Co-Op, Jack & Jill Nursery School, Green Lake School Age Program, Emerald City Gymnastics, Muckleshoot Tribal School, Eastside Mother's Club, Village Montessori (Lake Oswego), Emmanuel Day School, Spirit Ridge Child Care Center, Hiawatha Community Center, Hurray For Me, Newcastle Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Children's Circle (CA), Beverly Glen Play Group (CA), Los Angeles Family School, Edmonds Athletic Club Child Care Center ...
LIBRARIES: (Over 500 shows) King County Library System, Seattle Public Libraries, Timberland Regional Library System, Pierce County Libraries, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Kitsap Regional Library System, Multnomah County (OR), Oregon City Libraries, San Mateo County Libraries, Washington County Library Systems (OR), Santa Barbara Libraries (CA), MCLS Library System (CA), Pasadena Public Libraries (CA), Lake Oswego (OR), Burbank Public Libraries (CA), Los Angeles City Library System, Oakland Library System, Los Angeles County Library System, Glendale Public Libraries (CA), San Francisco Library System, Alameda Library System, San Jose Library System, Palo Alto Library System (CA), Mountain View (CA), Mountlake Terrace Library (WA), Burlington Public Library (WA), Sedro Wooley Public Library (WA), La Connor Public Library (WA) Whitman County Library (WA), Burien (WA), Neill Public Libraries (WA), Lewiston City Library (ID), Grand openings for Shoreline Library, Bellevue, Newport, Lake Forest Park
MAGIC SHOWS: National Association of Housing & Redevelopment National Convention, Eye Associates Northwest, Cub Scout Packs 747 & 638, Sunrise Assisted Living, Foss Village, Providence Everett Medical Center, Seattle Police Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honey Farm Inn, Black Diamond King County Fire District #17, US Postal Employees Union, Administrative Services Employees Association, Everett YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of King County, Camp Kol Rena, Holiday Inn SeaTac (employees) Ulvanny G-2 Architecture ...
COLLEGES:Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington University - Casino Night, University of Washington Computer Sciences & Engineering Graduation, University of Washington Employee family shows, University of Washington Technology Management & MBA Program, University of Washington Halloween Celebration, Tau Kappa Epislon, University of Washington Student Activities ....
SPECIAL NEEDS/DIFFERENTLY ABLED: Over 25-years performing for the Starlight Starbright Foundation, Costco, Ryther Child Center, Sunshine Physically Challenged Foundation, University of Washington Do-It Program, Ronald McDonald House, Jeffrey Model Foundation, Seattle Parks Special Programs - Camp Long, Northwest REACH, Mariposas, Camp Good Times, Children's Hospital and Medical Center (Seattle and Los Angeles), MaryBridge Children's Hospital (Tacoma), Valley Medical Center, Swedish Hospital, Orthopedic Hospital (LA), Mainstay, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Kaiser Hospital (LA), Rancho Los Amigos Hospital (LA), Los Angeles County Hospital, Huntington Memorial Hospital (Pasadena, CA), Long Beach Hospital (CA), Millers Children's Hospital (LA), San Diego Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Entertainers & Athletes for Kids (LA), Julia Ann Singer Center (LA), New Futures at Windsor Heights, Lucille Salter Packard Children's Hospital (Palo Alto, CA) ...
RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, First AME Church, Shoreline Unitarian Church, Ballard Church, Bellevue Christian Church, Bahai Community of Edmonds, Sephardic Bikur Holim, Wooden Cross Lutheran Church, St. Marks Church, Vision House, Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, Trinity Faith Temple, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, Temple De Hirsch Sinai ...