day 266 – four pretend tornados

Pretend Tornados was a performance I used to do for small groups of people when I was in my early twenties.  I learned it from a vaudeville actor who once came to my elementary school and told us about the history that Winnipeg played back in the Vaudeville era.  And so like debris that would get tossed around in a tornado I started drawing on small pieces of debris sized paper of my beso boys floating and getting tossed around.  The trick is easy to do, you need a big shirt to disguise the base of what holds you up and a prop like an umbrella works best, but I’ve also been pretend tornado’d holding a briefcase.  Hold onto something so the wind won’t take you away and kick your legs back and forth as if you we’re about to get taken away.

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