“It’s all Mom’s fault,” says the tongue-in-cheek court jester who is slated to be one of the major drawing cards at a carnival held this coming Saturday in Morinville.
Kip the Court Jester, as he’s known to a legion of fans big and small, will perform at the Morinville Public Elementary School (MPES) parent fundraising association carnival. It takes place at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We want to be part of the community. We think it’s important to be part of the town. Our school is growing as is the town and this fits in nicely,” says Eva Scrimshaw, a parent association member.
A juggler, musician and magician, Kip will demonstrate his brand of magic with an “in-your-face, energy-personified” act that sets out to elicit laughs from his gong-show of gags.
As Kip, (a.k.a. Dan McMullin) tells it, he first got into this type of character acting when his entrepreneurial mother launched a balloon bouquet delivery business in St. Albert back in 1985.
“She sucked me into it and pretty soon I was invited to do birthday parties,” he said.
But when McMullin first saw a rerun of Danny Kaye’s The Court Jester, it tempted him to switch from clown persona to jester.
“I became the only professional court jester in Canada. I found a court jester appeals to a wide audience – both adults and kids. But a clown only appeals to kids,” he said.
As well as his sleight-of-hand magic show that starts at noon, Kip will roam the carnival site making balloon animals.
Additional carnival activities include carnival games, face painting, an appearance by the A&W Root Bear, and the splashiest event of all – a dunk tank.
Ready for a head-to-toe soaking are several local personalities such as DJ Krissy Swift, youth volunteer of the year Travis Loseth, MPES principal Wayne Rufinage, Morinville News editor Stephen Dafoe and Cpl. Jay Melnyk from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
Also on hand adding a touch of colour will be about 11 local organizations with booths. They include the Town of Morinville Community Services, Morinville Centennial Community Gardens, Youth in Action, the Town of Morinville Community Peace Office and Block Parents. Big City Carwash is also sponsoring a barbecue.
“We have a great line-up and we expect a lot of people to show up and dunk their favourite people,” adds Scrimshaw.
The carnival will take place rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If the weather is dicey, it will be held indoors.