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I think I want to look into being a mime. I'm already a street magician but I wanted to look into this. You know, being traped in a glass box, ect. Well if any of you have seen the Criss Angel supernatural show and you see him holding the brief case and he trys to walk off with it but the brief case won't move. Lol, I thought that was kind of neat. So I'm wondering:

1.) Are there any sites to see people doing professional clips on being a mime?

2.) Any books or videos I can get on how to be a mime?

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Big K,

I have 2 books on mime.
First is The Mime Book by Claude Kipnis and the second one is Mime Ministry by Susan K. Toomey.

Both are good, especially the first one.
You can peek inside both books at


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Thank you for that information.

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There's a very good Mime video series available from Todd Farley at

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*jumps out the window*

"A mime is terrible thing to lose."
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LOL Astinus that was good.

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I would give serious thought to being a professional mime before you attempt it. Out of all the things I've done professionally (magic, juggling, balloons, clowning, costumes, and of course mime) kids really have a sadistic tendancy toward mimes. I was once at a Barnes and Noble opening a few years ago and almost got overtaken by a dozen or so children. The parents just stood back and laughed. In my other experiences miming as gained the least respect out of any other profession. Just my two cents.
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I've seen the same phenomenon as Josh, though thankfully not as close! I’ve noticed derision of mimes in print, on film, and in person. I don’t really get it.
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Woody Allen has an hilarious piece about mimes in one of his short stories books.

Anyway, you may find interesting “The Physical Comedy Handbook”, by Davis Rider Robinson.
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Mime Spoken Here The Performer’s Portable Workshop by Tony Montanaro. There are also some videos that go with the book, but I don't know if they are still around.

Also consider some classes or workshops on mime.

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Back in the 70's and 80's I went by

Mime over Matter.

Over time I dropped that title and the white face.

(I remember one show in the 80's I showed up in Green Face. Years before the blue group. It was for a Zuchinni Festival)

Although the white face is gone, the elements still are there especially in my pre-show work.

Check out the Kapootz Klowns if they put a workshop in your area. I went to one a few years ago. Boy was I sore for days after the work out.

I do what I call silent comedy with noises.(Harmonica, mosquito whistle, Roger Rabbit (PLEASSSSSSE) cartoonish words.....

For a while I was a mime/ventriloquist. Now that's a nearly normal combination.

When I lived in Reno, I had a towel rack for



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Jeff McBride does a lot of mime movements in his magic. He recommends magicians getting "mime trained". Read books, watch videos, join a mime troupe! You can learn to mime to become a better perfomer overall. You don't need to get white faced and pretend you are in a box or pulling a rope to benefit. Your magic performance will be enhanced if you had a grasp on thinking and acting in mime.
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Good Lord....WHY would anyone want to be a mime? I don't know how the negative stigma against them got started, but it's undeniable. Which for me is sad, because I've always enjoyed WATCHING mimes ) if theyre any good) I wonder if theyre revered in France?
Everybody wants to beleive.....we just help them along.
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People have the negative reaction to mimes for the same reason as children's magicians...there are so many bad ones.

I have done magic, clowning and mime, and love all of them, but it is true..mimes are treated the worst and parents not only permit it, they encourage it.
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Mime is almost critical if you want to be good at contact juggling, slap stick, stunt work and other theatrical applications (like Hip-hop). Try to take a class even if you wouldn't be caught dead in traditional mime attire.
Personally, I'd love to see mime make a huge comeback. And shame on those parents who encourage hostility towards any type of performer. Sadly, you almost need a body guard if you are going to do mime out on the streets or anywhere people can get close enough to touch you.
Even so, I'm thinking of giving it another go after giving it up years ago (mainly because people expect it to be done by a skinny white guy).
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I'm both happy to say and ashamed to say I studied mime in the 70's. It really is a value to magicians because it makes you think about movement. Remember, if you become a mime you must claim to have studied under Marcel Marceau (sp?). Another thing, if you become a mime and you are suppose to meet up later with someone TELL THEM, don't act like you are in a freakin' box and not allowed to talk! I'm still mad about that freakin' mime girl doing that to me in '78.
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1.) Are there any sites to see people doing professional clips on being a mime?

Wonderful example of miming with a special touch:
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