The Enigma of a Movie Poster

Written by Mark McCallister

Have you ever noticed how movie posters make heads turn, especially when they are not displayed at a movie theater? Do you feel that movie posters somehow connect you to a certain period of your life when that movie was shown inrepparttar theaters?

Movie posters have always had a certain magnetism around them that sparks off memories ofrepparttar 147834 movie it portrays andrepparttar 147835 symbolism ofrepparttar 147836 movie itself. For example,repparttar 147837 classical movie poster of Gone withrepparttar 147838 Wind resemblesrepparttar 147839 romance and tragedy of its time. Many folks who watched this movie forrepparttar 147840 first time duringrepparttar 147841 60s now are reminded of their youth whenever they catch a glimpse of this poster. They reflect onrepparttar 147842 naivety of that time and how they had imagined themselves as Rhett Butler or Scarlett O’Hara. Perhaps they had watched this movie with their sweethearts and are reminded ofrepparttar 147843 good times they had then.

If you observe each movie poster with care, you will also notice that they have all been carefully designed and put together with great creativity. Of course, beforerepparttar 147844 launch of a movie these posters need to look interesting, attractive or mysterious in order to qualify as publicity material. However, in order to be all that,repparttar 147845 theme of a design needs to reflectrepparttar 147846 elements ofrepparttar 147847 movie, as well as to be authentic and original. Most importantly, it must appeal torepparttar 147848 mass audience. People should want to say to themselves, “I wonder what this movie is going to be about” when they see a movie poster. If this reaction is successfully created, thenrepparttar 147849 movie poster has achieved its objective.

People collect movie posters for various reasons. Of course there arerepparttar 147850 teenage collectors who put up movie posters to reflect their individuality. Some swoon over their movie star idols and therefore put their posters up to show everyone and themselves who they love. Whateverrepparttar 147851 reason is, teenagers make uprepparttar 147852 majority of movie poster collectors.

The Joke's On You -- Who Should be the Butt of Your Jokes?

Written by Tom Raymond

This article was prompted by something I heard (second hand) aboutrepparttar performance of a local magician at a child's birthday party. Now, granted, this wasn't done by a clown, but I've seen clowns doing similar things. As one of his tricks, he has a child (a young girl approximately 9 years old) holding two handkerchiefs knotted together. He pulls her hands apart, and instead of a third handkerchief appearing (or a flag, or whatever else) he has a pair of ladies' panties appear. The magician receivedrepparttar 147703 reaction he wanted:repparttar 147704 audience laughed loud and long atrepparttar 147705 discomfiture ofrepparttar 147706 young girl. She, however, was onrepparttar 147707 verge of tears, having been publicly humiliated, for having done nothing more than helping on stage when asked.

As I say, this prompted some thought on my part. The first thought I honestly had was aboutrepparttar 147708 insensitivity of this particular magician. My next thought was empathy and sympathy forrepparttar 147709 little girl. And my third thought was about how differently a clown would (or should) have handled that entire routine.

People think that a clown is someone who dresses foolishly, and does foolish things. This is correct, as far as it goes. It's also been said that a clown is a living cartoon, a Looney Tunes come to life, who sees and thinks differently thanrepparttar 147710 'normal' people. This, too, is true as far as it goes. But there's something deeper about being a clown.

As Floyd Schaffer puts it in his wonderful book, "If I Were a Clown", a clown is someone who lowers himself, in order to lift someone else up. This is not limited to any sort of theological context. David Ginn, one of my favorite authors, and a wonderful kid's magician, usesrepparttar 147711 same premise over and over in his book "Clown Magic" with his 'clown-in-trouble' routine. In short, when a trick doesn't work, it's neverrepparttar 147712 fault ofrepparttar 147713 child -- it'srepparttar 147714 clown who looks foolish. The child isrepparttar 147715 one who makesrepparttar 147716 rabbit appear, makesrepparttar 147717 ropes repair themselves, etc. We performers arerepparttar 147718 foolish ones, who should have pie in our faces, who arerepparttar 147719 ones humiliated, who are 'brought low.' It is our audience, children or adult, who should be empowered, triumphant, lifted up.

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