Brief Guidelines for Judging
There has been much discussion as to the various classes for individual clown competition. As stated in the Rules, a clown may enter only one category. An individual must decide what type of clown he is portraying and declare himself accordingly.
There are few absolute rules regarding the various categories. Even the "experts" disagree on some points. One clown will look upon himself as Whiteface where another clown looking upon him would consider him as an Auguste type. Certainly the costume and makeup must go hand-in-hand but the particular performance also plays an important part as to the type of character being portrayed.
The Whiteface Clown is a classic Pierrot, a harlequin clown face all white with features (eyebrows, nose, mouth) painted on in red and black. Other decoration is generally artistic in nature. He usually appears to be in command of any situation he finds himself in.
The Auguste Clown is the character clown. He is the most comic clown face. Base color, pink or reddish instead of white. Features (red and black) are enormous size. Mouth, usually thickly outlined with white, which often is used also around the eyes. The Auguste is the most slapstick of all clowns, his actions wilder and broader than the other types. The Auguste gets away with more and bigger pranks. He may be impeccably garbed in clothes that do not fit or his costuming may be elaborate. There are many varieties of the Auguste Clown.
The Character Clown has more leeway in both his makeup and costume. He tends to exaggerate his features more. Facial lines often appear much larger. When, as a Hobo, his lines are more distinct and his costume cleaner. His makeup is generally of the Auguste type, but may also be Whiteface or another.
The Hobo or Tramp Clown is another category used for judging competition. Again the overall effect of makeup, costuming, and performance must compliment the character. A tramp might be happy but he is more often sad and soulful. This shabby vagabond is the newest of our clown characters and is the individual for whom nothing ever goes right. This category has been split into 2 separate categories.
The Over 55 Category may use any of the above makeups. This was instigated so that those of us that no longer have the smooth, young, unlined faces may compete fairly' however you may not enter in any other category if you enter in Over 55.
SASCA Balloon Competition rules
As adapted from ISCA
1. Balloon competition will be judged in the annual Fall convention only.
a. Contestants can enter either the single or multiple balloon categories. He may NOT compete in both of these categories. All contestants will be placed in a designated area to compete according to the category they desire to enter. Contestants will also be separated from any non-contestants.
b. Non-contestants will be allowed to watch the competitors make their creations. The Director will be responsible for maintaining quiet and decorum during the competition.
c. The Judge(s) will NOT be allowed in the area during this time. The contestants and the public will be asked to leave the area during the judging, after which the area will be reopened for public viewing. The contestant need not be in make-up to compete.
d. No one will be allowed to touch the creations (except the Director) until after it has been judged by all judges, or as the Director instructs or allows.
2. The two categories for Balloon Competition are:
a. Single: Any creation made using only ONE (1), 130, 245, 260, or 280 pencil balloon.
b. Multiple: Any creation made using TWO OR MORE balloons of any type.
3. For BOTH categories the following rules apply:
a. Contestant must declare, before competition begins, which category he will compete. Contestants may NOT enter both categories.
b. No glue or devise other than the balloon will be allowed to hold the creation together. However, it is permissible for the contestant to use a marker to draw facial features and the like.
c. Contestants will be given fifteen (15) minutes to make his creation. He may make more than one creation during this time but only one will be allowed per the category entered, Single or Multiple balloon category.
d. When the contestant is finished or at the end of the time period (whichever comes first), that contestant will clean up his area and present the creation in the designated area the way he wants it to be presented. He must place his number on the table (in a noticeable place alongside the creation) and leave the area without disturbing any other creations.
e. The “balloon judges score sheet” will be used to score the creations.
f. There will be a First, Second, and Third place trophies awarded for both categories.