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Thanks again for the wonderful
showing! It was more than we had expected. What a crowd-pleaser!
Director of Marketing
Bellco Credit Union
Subject:RE: 4/28 Event
From:"Kim Merkel" <email@example.com>
Date:Mon, 5 May 2008 11:23:37 -0600
That would be great to have some pictures. Thanks so much; you were a rock star hit as usual!
Kim I. Merkel de Fernandez
Wild Iris Recreation Services, Inc.
Having the bubble tower was a wonderful addition to our visitors for our summer camp program
I just wanted to thank you again for participating in the Street Fair on Friday. All the kids (and adults) loved you and really enjoyed your entertainment. I hope you had as much fun as we did and we hope to work with you again soon!
Development & Event Coordinator
Concerts For Kids
1616 17th Street, Suite 462
Denver, CO 80202
303.605.2885 phone 303.605.2884 fax
Subject:Re: 12/31/08 gig
From:skye griffith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date:Fri, 02 Jan 2009 09:05:17 -0700
I just emailed you! The client was very pleased, thanks! I loved the trees and did get a few photos, but they weren’t great. I can send what I have if you like. I really liked working with Jerry. He’s a good guy. And I liked the wranglers you hired as well.
I look forward to working with you again soon, and thanks for sending me some good performers!!!
"how'd you get so tall?"
"you're tall !"
"I love you"
"I LOVE YOU MAN!"
"Your a silly clown"
"How long did it take you to learn how
to walk like that?"
"That is SO cool!"
adults say: |
"how'd you get so tall?"
"how tall ARE you?"
Will you pose for a photo?"
"you walked the WHOLE five miles!????"
"NO, you can't park my car!"
"That is SO amazing!"
· Colorado Clown of the year 1998
· 1st place, Costume Contest, Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Walk 1998
· 2nd Place, clown division, Western Welcome Week Parade, 1998
· 1st place, 1999 Founders Funds, LoDo 5280 costume contest
· Manitou Springs Carnivale 2002 Best of Show in Parade
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with your dates, location and
requirements. I can provide you some pricing guidelines after discussing
your special needs. I
also have a
DVD for your review. Just
You can choose from several options: One or more entertainers, comedy action stilt performing, Giant Parade Puppets, several Group Activity options and attractions.
photos.htm Five pages of photos of Stilt costumes and Giant Puppets
Group activity options include up to three dozen sets of old fashioned hand held wood stilts and additional bucket stilts for adults and kids. stiltparty.htm The coloring book wall mural, the giant ORB and the solar powered Bubble Tower. http://www.bubbletower.com/
Our goal is to make this easy and enjoyable for you!
Height Clearance and
About all we need is sufficient head room for the stilt performer and the giant puppets and a parking space for our truck.
Allow at least 9 foot of clearance for most of the stilt costumes. The dancing Christmas Tree is a little taller, but both the Tree and most stilt costume characters can bend to walk through a normal doorway.
The giant Parade Puppets are in the 16 to 18 foot tall range, and can easily duck under traffic signs and power lines. They will not fit through a 12 foot tall tunnel. The puppets easily fold up to be carried through a doorway like you would carry a tall ladder.
With adjustable power, the cannon propels
open in flight to float down to the
crowd. With care,
the TSJC is
suitable for stadium or open field.
for low ceilings!
Will launch t-shirts 40
to 100 or more feet depending on weight and size of t-shirts, wind and
Confetti or other lightweight items won’t fly as far as t-shirts.
Can also be used to launch water
soaked chunks of foam or foam toys for cooling summer time
Watch the video or ask for a demo.
This is a great opportunity for your sponsors to become involved in your event to deliver their message in a highly charged, emotional and memorable fashion!
Stilt Walking Party or Workshops with old fashioned hand held wood stilts. Size of venue can vary depending on the number of participants and space available. Best away from traffic, store windows, and autos. A tennis court, a blocked off street intersection, a small or large gym, even a wide sidewalk can all be used successfully. May require supervision, see Q and A below.
Black top, concrete, and grass all work well. Smooth is better than bumpy. Until people learn to lift their knees, they fall a little more often on bumpy unimproved fields than they do on grass.
New for 2004! Bucket stilts for
for the 4 to 7
year old set. Great Fun!
The Giant ORB is a wonderful toy for group activity if the venue is appropriate and it is not too windy. A wide open field with a volley ball net is best. The ORB is a six foot tall cloth covered balloon that is very light weight and loads of FUN!
Ideally this performance requires a circle of about 60 feet depending on wind direction and speed. Area should be as clear as possible of lamp and sign posts and over head obstructions. Usually performed out doors, I have done this performance in one of the ballrooms at the Denver Convention Center for the Beaux Arts Ball – a much smaller area, loaded with tables and overhead hanging decorations! Great atmosphere when performed to music, with or with out stilt dancing. Overhead clearance of at least 25 feet is best.
Also a great “keep a way” activity with the kids.
The Bubble Tower Sculpture is about 14 feet tall, and takes up about 18 feet of ground for the actual instillation. But of course more room is required, particularly downwind from the tower. Either pavement or grass is fine for the Bubble Tower. The area should be level, and not upwind of cars, vender booths, street traffic, or other hazard. You do not want the kids chasing bubbles blowing into traffic, or off a cliff, or into vender’s booths, or into the classic car show! Strong wind requires a larger area, 40 to 100 feet or more and you may need to provide barriers or supervision so the kids don’t chase the bubbles into the street or other hazard. Light or no wind means the Bubble Tower can be shoe horned in between buildings!
See all of the videos at the bottom of
this page. Some are
of the Bubble Tower in windy
conditions, others not
so windy. video.htm
Not tested yet in cold weather, but should be good down to 25F or 30F degrees depending on wind. We do adjust the Bubble Juice formula to accommodate wind and low humidity conditions. Conditions that are normally not ideal for making bubbles.
The Coloring Book Wall Mural consists of panels six foot high, and six foot wide. Using washable water based Elmer’s Squeeze and Brush, kids and adults can fill in (paint) the blanks. You will need to furnish an attendant to dispense and collect the paints and keep order. You may want to furnish a table, chair or shade tent.
Artwork is Stilt Walking, Giant Puppet, and Circus Arts related, in a Ripley’s Believe it or Not style. firstname.lastname@example.org
height clearance is a little over 11 feet.
Length is about 22 feet, so it overhangs a
space, but not by much. Additional
space for assembly of puppets is best.
next to a lawn if available.
parking space should be as
close as possible to the
performance area. It doesn't make sense to get all worn out
hiking to the parade or festival! It is best to save that energy for the performance.
We use the truck as an air conditioned "Green Room" and
storage area, so easy access conserves time and energy for
the performance. Performing with stilts, or the puppets
really heats up a performer, so periodic cool down time is
necessary to avoid problems and to maximize our performance energy.
For a festival, a central location is better than being on
the extreme fringe. A central location gives us more
performing options. For example, when stilt performing I
often change out comedy props every hour or so. From "Free Ear Cleaning" with a 4 foot Q-tip, to "Free Hair Cuts" with a foam rubber weed wacker! So easy access is a plus, and of course makes those important rest breaks more effective. It also make it a lot easier to perform to a larger geographical area if we start from a more central location.
Most concrete or blacktop surfaces, carpet, dry tile or marble floors are acceptable, as is sod. Other surfaces may be acceptable depending on the desired activity. Please ask.
Performing temperature requirements:
our enemy, cold is our
Puppets, or as a stilt performer is hot, hard work! Keeping warm in
very easy to do. Keeping
summer is harder! We take breaks as needed to preserve our health and
truck is insulated and air conditioned so we can cool off, change
eat and get rehydrated in private.
want to be our best for your event!
Sign and banner
enough lead time, we can even
accessorize a Giant
stilt costume to give recognition to your sponsors.
Stilt costume leg banner is 10 x 60 inches overall.
Signs can also be pinned to the back of the stilt performer, or a custom vest can be made with your logo or message silk screened on the back. A custom hat, umbrella, jersey, or prop is another way to draw attention to your promotion or theme. Please call to discuss your needs.
Signs for the Giant Puppets can be placed on the back of the operator, as well as front and back of the puppet.
Holiday or other theme costume requests are welcomed! Please call to discuss your needs.
Bubble Tower legs are about 18 inches wide and 14 feet long. Can be seen from a block or more away! Please call to discuss your needs.
We have decorated our yellow truck
with blue, green and
orange “polka dots” in keeping with your festive atmosphere.
And of course the sides of the truck are a great place to hang your sponsor’s banner up to 14 feet long and 10 feet high.
Need a Theme
Giant Puppet? Just
ask! Many to
choose from, or we can either accessorize an existing costume or prop,
and entirely new stilt costume, prop, or giant puppet to suit your
We can even customize the solar powered Bubble Tower
and A – stilt party
An event planner asks:
"I have a few questions for you. About the stilt party with the hand held wood stilts and bucket stilts: the stilts will be available for 'self serve' enjoyment. Do you need people to help facilitate that or do you take care of that?"
Depends on the venue. Some venues beg for constant supervision:
keep the stilts away from parked cars, windows, that sort of thing. An open field or tennis court can both work well without supervision.
But not in a high traffic cross walk with out supervision. A location close enough so folks will see what is going on and be attracted and come join the fun. But you don't want the kids stilt walking through the craft booths or by the cars, or on a rocky hill side, or walking up behind unwary people, and then falling off their stilts!
If the area has some boundaries, that is good, particularly at very large festivals. The stilts have a habit of "walking themselves" great distances otherwise!
But the middle of an empty field works well also.
At Lowrey Days, they used Americore volunteers who worked out quite well. Americore requires so many hours of volunteer service from their participants. You might ask them for help.
When performing, I try and stop over every 40 minutes or so for a few minutes of instruction. If you are unsure, or know that you have a congested venue, then I suggest that you provide some folks. I/we can bring them up to speed in 5 minutes.
If you provide a few hay bales or similar, the kids will stand on them when mounting the stilts until they get the hang of mounting the stilts from the ground. Not necessary, but nice.
and A – fund raising
An event planner asks:
Do you have any fund
Ask about the Stilt Tournament we held at the Boulder City Nevada Spring Jamboree! http://www.springjamboree.com/ A fun event and a great fundraiser!
Alternatively, you could charge for a
Another fund raising idea is to sell disposable cameras.
It has been my experience that people will want to take photos of their kids on the stilts, with Uncle Sam, and with the Giant Puppet.
And they defiantly will want photos of their kids chasing the bubbles from the solar powered Bubble Tower! http://www.bubbletower.com/
And a large number of folks will have forgotten their camera. I have yet to see a camera vender at a festival and I can't figure out why. Seems like a sure $ maker to me.
Go to Sam's Club or Costco, buy a bunch and return the ones you
don't sell. Sell them at a mark up along with your t -shirts and other festival souvenirs. Let me know if I am nuts.
You can also raise funds by hiring us out to a neighboring festival, fair, or event the day before or following your festival.
Try car dealerships and any grand openings, country club
celebrations, trade shows, or even church events.
We can attract a LOT of attention to a car dealership, and
churches love to have us to perform at various events
including festivals, a patriotic pageant/revue and even
stilt walking workshops for family night or day camp.
A nine foot tall “valet parking attendant" makes a terrific
greeter for any kind of event, even black tie. We have two Bubble Towers and Four Giant Puppets and over 100 sets of the hand held wood stilts, so we can accommodate multiple events on the same day. This means you can hire us out to more than one event on the same day and split the costs and save money!
Thank you for your consideration! Jerry and I are looking
forward to helping you make your event the best ever!
Walking tall and stretching imaginations!
Bill "Stretch" Coleman
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Dear Event Planner,
Be a Hero! Let Stretch - the nine foot clown entertainer set the mood for your next event.
Strolling and atmosphere entertainment at it's best! One stilt performer, or multiple themed costumed tall characters for the latest in HIGH profile interactive entertainment for your clients. About a dozen wonderful character costumes to amuse, delight and impress your clients. Custom theme or logo costuming available and encouraged.
Be a hero, be appreciated, when you hire Stretch as your greeter. How about a nine foot tall Valet Parking Attendant?! "No sun roof? No problem! I brought my can opener!" Your clients will smile even BEFORE they get in the door! Black Tie costume, Uncle Sam, Cowboy, Clown, Mardi Gras, any costume works great, audience tested. A friendly greeter
helps you set the mood for the entire event.
BIG ARMS: nearly any costume accessorized with the six foot plus Big Arms and HANDS
makes an excellent greeter for kids and adults alike. Hand shaking, low and HIGH Fives and giant hugs abound!
Strolling entertainment, or how to build the theme and KEEP them smiling:
Circus/Cirque/Clown ? That crazy clown: FREE! Ear Cleaning with his 4 foot long Q Tip!
FREE! WeedWacker HAIRCUTS! Sky Painting: You supply the music and I'll paint the sky with my 20' pole and 50' ribbon! Let's boogie!
Western theme? Please help Cowboy Stretch search for his horse, "Dusty"!!! "That darn horse, the second he found out it was time for our bubble bath, he took off running!"
Picnic? Buffet? Sounds like fooood! You've haven't lived until you have seen Stretch do his plate stalking routine with his loooong telescoping fork from on high!!!
Whether black tie, or carnival, your guests will enjoy helping Prince Charming on his quest
seeking Cinderella with the WAY oversized, VERY fashion forward shoe!
Casino Night? Stretch's experience at the Mardi Gras Casino at Black Hawk, Colorado comes in handy here. His feather duster guarantees good luck to all your guests! Help Stretch find the "winning slot machine" that fits his sure to be a winner oversize quarter! Patriotic or international theme: Uncle Sam is a natural. Tax refunds for everyone!
An over the top comedy Pan Handler? VERY P.C. - NOT! Choice of signs include:
A little short, please help or Bought Internet stocks, please help or YOUR sign and Panhandler Stretch will banter with, engage, and stimulate your guests.
Formal Tux or a giant comedy Chef or Candy Cane? Or Toothy - the Illuminated Space Alien?
Umpire Stretch? Perhaps a Four Footed creature? Please call today to discuss your needs.
Activities for your guests will keep them engaged:
Stilts by the Dozen! Hand held stilt walking "workshop"! This is a hands on (and feet!) playtime activity for kids and adults! Test your skill and balance!
Keep a way or Catch the red: Catch the red streamer on the end of the sky painting ribbon. Keeps kids occupied for hours!
Enjoy Tall Tales of adventure and travel around the world: Raised by the Rocky Flats Circus, befriended by elephants, performances at White Sands and Chernobyl, dancing at Mount St. Helen's, vacations on Three Mile Island, shopping for pants at Needless Markup! Grand Champion Giraffe Milker Stretch's sly wit will have your guest's shaking and giggling!
Atmosphere entertainment to build or maintain the mood of excitement for your guests:
Whirling, twirling, spinning lights! Light up the night with beaming poi. Direct from the fiery South Pacific (but without real fire). An entrancing, glowing spectacle to be remembered.
Suitable for stage or strolling: No smelly smoke to cling to expensive drapes or clothing, or irritate sensitive lungs.
Your clients will thank you.
With ribbons, this ancient art is equally effective in daylight. Excellent for sporting events,
daytime spectacles and attention demanding fun excitement! Also try our sky painting, Big
Arms, and other traffic stopping props. Perfect for grand openings and Trade Shows as well.
Spontaneous improv: No telling what activity Stretch will join your guests in: Dancing to volleyball, Denver's most experienced stilted entertainer will try (and succeed at) nearly anything!
Amaze and delight your clients with our NEW 18 foot tall walking, dancing, interactive Puppets! Two GIANT puppets interact with your clients by shaking hands, high fiving, dancing; and those mischievous puppets even steal hats from the unwary and auction them off! See the photos and video at
Be a hero to your clients, call 303-922-4655 right NOW!
Walking tall, (and stretching imaginations!)
Bill "Stretch" Coleman
Here are a few of the events “Stretch” The nine foot clown has entertained at. Many photos of these events are available at the web page: www.StiltWalker.com. This list does not include the many parades, civic festivals, and charity walks that I have entertained at.
· ASAE Convention Denver 2002
· American School Food Service Association convention at Heritage Square ‘99
· Aurora Gate Way to the Rockies Festival and Parade '98 '99 '00 '02 ’04
· Aurora Kids Spree '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 PreSpree '01
· Aspen Grove Mall grand opening 2001
· Baseball Allstar Fan Fest, Colorado Convention Center '98
· Bassett, NE parade and festival 2004, 2005
· Blue 67 Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration 2001
· Boo at the Zoo 1998, 2000
· Bolder Boulder Marathon. Read about Stretch mentioned at the bottom of this Denver Post article
· Cirque Du Soleil Verikai , Denver Premier Party 2004 Varekai-letter.jpg
· Clayton Foundation Anniversary celebration 1999
· City of Broomfield Library grand opening 2001
· City of Berthud Days 2000
· City of Castle Rock Arts Festival 2000, ’01. ‘03 and StarLighting 2000, 2004
· Castle Rock Library grand opening 2003, Battle of the Bands 2004
· City of Denver LODO Mardi Gras Parade 2001
· City of Dublin, Ireland Marathon, 1999, 2001
· City of Fort Collins First Night 1999, 2000, 2001 Fourth of July 2000, 2002
· City of Glendale National Night Out 2004, 2005
· City of Longmont Rec Center Ground breaking 2001 See Photo, 2001 Rhythm on the River 2001, 2002 Holiday Parade 2001 Street Fair 2002
· City of Lafayette Oatmeal Festival , 2000 , 2001, 2002 , 2003 Lafayette Days '99 , 2002
· City of Lone Tree Concert in the Park series ‘02, 03, 04, ‘05 4th of July festival 2003, 2004
· City of Manitou Springs, CO Mardi Gras Parade, Judges' Choice Award 2002
· City of Northglen Festival 1999, 2000
· City of Thorton Harvest Festival 2000
· Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2002
· Cherry Creek North Holiday Caroling, '97, '98, '99, '00
· Cherry Hills Country Club July 4th 1997, 2000, 2001
· Cherry Hills Country Club Hilldilly Luncheon 2001
· Chimera Circus promotion, Golden CO 2002
· CHUN People's Fair '99, '00, '01, 02, 05
· Colorado Opera Troupe 2001 production: I Pagliacci
· Conoco BreakPlace grand opening 2001
· Cub Foods Grand Opening, Aurora and Highlands Ranch '98, '99
· Denver Chamber of Commerce - Places W/ Spaces Trade Show booth 2001
· Denver Lodo Mardi Gras Parade 2001
· DIRECTV Company Picnic 2000, 2002
Downtown Tulsa Christmas Parade of Lights http://www.tulsadowntown.org/christmas.htm
"Specialty groups receiving raving comments from spectators were the two tall puppets, stilt walker in the candy cane suit and the walking Christmas tree. Emails were received from individuals within the community commenting on how much
both the adults and children enjoyed them. Definitely an added treat!"
From the January/February 2004 City Style newsletter of the Downtown Tulsa Unlimited on the 2003 AEP-PSO Christmas Parade of Lights.
And we had fun as well! In fact, I had so much fun as the Giant Candy Cane, that I did the parade route twice!
We had the puppets strung with lights, and since getting back to Denver, I have purchased over $300 in additional lighting for the 18 foot tall Friendly Giant Parade Puppets and 10 foot tall dancing Christmas Tree!
· 7th Annual Culinary Pro/Am "Cook up a Carnival" 2000
· Denver Art Museum '98
· Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Correas/Medeiras episode Broadcast 2-13-05
· Flat Iron Crossing Santa Parade 2000, Faire Days 2001 2002
Manitou Springs Bubble Festival http://www.bubblescolorado.com/
· Glenwood Springs Strawberry Days Festival 1998, 2000
· Grand Pontiac Circus of Savings sales promotion 2000
· Great American Travel and Lifestyles Expo 2000, 2001
· Hollowpalooza, 1998 Adams Mark Hotel
· Highlands Ranch Art, Fall, Independence Day, and Holiday Festivals – two or more events EVERY year since 1997
· JD Edwards Company picnic, '99
· Janus Fund Holiday celebration 2000, Picnic 2001
· Katzke Paper CO, Mardi Gras Party, @ the Tivoli 2000
· Kids Expo, Currigan Convention Center '98 '99 '00 '01
· London TV4 Murder Mystery short feature 2001
· Mardi Gras Casino grand opening, Blackhawk ,CO , 2000
· Mardi Gras Casino "Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday" April through Sept. 2000
· Mike Tynan's Auto Dealership promotion 2001
· Norwest Culture Fest '98, '99
· OPSLA Convention, Lowrey Air and Space Museum , '99
· Osborn Automotive Slasher Sale 2002
Pepsi Center: Avelanch Hockey play off games 1999, 2000, 2001 2002
· Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade 2005
Riverfest Arts & Music Festival. http://www.riverfestarkansas.com/
· RTD Light Rail Celebration 2000
· Septemberfest 2005 Omaha, NE
· Steamboat Springs Circus Arts Festival 2001
· Steamboat Springs Beaux Arts Festival 2004, 2005
· Summerset Festival 1999, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
· Taste of Colorado Kid's Zone 2002
· Travel Festival convention, Merchandise Mart 2000, 2001
· University of Denver 2001 An Ice Odessy
· US Bank 2000
· US West Wireless '99
· USWest Dot Net, 2000
· WESA Convention, 2000
· Veterinary Convention 2001
See Stretch in Print:
* Walking Tall by Angie Belcher Published by Pacific Library. 2003 32 pages. PL-85155 Pacific Library.com
* High Jinks by LynetteEvans Pearson Education Australia Pty Limited South Melborn, AU, in association with Weldon Owen Education Inc. 2003 33 pages ISBN 0-7339-3321-1
* Angels Can Fly by Alan Clay 2005 540 pages Amazon.com on the web: