Charlie The Juggling Clown
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Old Testament and
Bruce “Charlie” Johnson
(Hold up a boomerang shape that has the words Old Testament
lettered on it.) Say, “Here is an
easy way to remember how many books are in the Bible.
As I point to the letters in the word “OLD,” count how many there
How many letters is that? That’s
right, three. Now how many letters
are there in the word testament, t-e-s-t-a-m-e-n-t?
That’s right there are nine letters.
(Turn the boomerang around showing the numbers 3 and 9 on the back.)
That is how many books there are in the Old Testament.
There are thirty-nine books in the Old Testament.
(Hold up a boomerang shape that has the words Old Testament lettered on
it.) Now how many letters are there
in the word new? That’s right,
there are three. How many letters
are there in word testament? That’s
right, nine. What do you get if you
multiply three times nine? Twenty-seven.
That is right. (Turn that
boomerang around showing that 3 X 9 = 27 is on the back.)
And that is how many books there are in the New Testament.”
(Turn both boomerangs around so the words Old Testament and New Testament are in front. Hold one in each hand. Hold the Old Testament Boomerang below the New Testament Boomerang so that the OT one looks the largest.)
Now I am going to share with you a little Bible trivia.
Those are things that are fun to hear about but not important to
remember. Not only does
the Old Testament have the most books, but the longest book in the Bible is in
the Old Testament. Can anybody guess
which one that is? Psalms.
That’s right. Psalms has
150 chapters. If I added them up
right, Psalms has 2,457 verses. Not
only does the New Testament have the fewest books, but the shortest books in the
Bible are in the New Testament. Several
of them have only one chapter. Second
Peter has only thirteen verses. The
longest verse in the Bible is in the Old Testament.
That is Esther 8:9 which in the King James translation has ninety words.
The shortest verse in the Bible is in the New Testament.
has only two words, “Jesus
Here is what I want you to remember.
Even though it is shorter some people think the New Testament is the most
important part of the Bible (Hold the NT Boomerang below the OT Boomerang so it
looks larger.) because that is the part that tells about Jesus and what he did.
Other people say the Old Testament is most important (Move the OT
Boomerang to below the NT one.) because that tells us God is the creator,
explains how sin entered the earth, has the Ten Commandments, and teaches that
there are consequences to sin. Jesus
and the writers of the New Testament thought the Old Testament was important.
(Move the OT Boomerang below the NT one.)
The Old Testament is quoted 283 times in the New Testament.
The book of Hebrews in the New Testament explains how the Old Testament
sacrifices and work done by the High Priest are symbols helping us understand
what Jesus did in the New Testament. (When
you say New Testament, move the NT Boomerang below the OT Boomerang.
When you say Old Testament, move that Boomerang to the bottom.)
There were many predictions made in the Old Testament that became true in
the New Testament proving that Jesus was the promised Savior.
God made many promises in the Old Testament that were kept in the New
Testament. There are other promises
made in both the Old and New Testaments that have not come true yet, but we know
that God keeps His promises so we believe those promises will be kept as well.
(Put the Boomerangs on each other so the audience can see they are the
same size.) The Old Testament and
the New Testament are equally important. They
were both inspired by God meaning he told the writers what to say.
They are both intended to teach us. They
are both valuable to read.
Using Duane’s routine as a starting place, I created my own Pom Pom
Stick routine that was different from his. He
used the colors of the pom poms as symbols of relevant parts of his message that
in both the Old and New Testament salvation is by faith.
In my version, I used the changing lengths of the strings to illustrate
the size of the two sections of the Bible and the relative importance some
people give to each. When you read a
routine you should use it as a starting point and rewrite it to fit your
intended audience and your style of performance.
My version, which was created for a children’s sermon, was published in
the October/November 2005 issue of The Christian Conjurer and the May/June 2007
issue of The Cross and the Clown.
I have enjoyed using the Pom Pom Stick version, and it gets great
audience response. However, I did
not want to take my Pom Pom Stick while flying to a lecture and performance
tour. So, I came up with this
version using the Boomerang optical illusion.
The props pack flat and are indestructible.
Being inspected by the TSA would not damage them.
Most of the patter is similar to my earlier routine except for one brief
section that had to be edited out because it relied on a move with the Pom Pom
Stick that did not have a corresponding Boomerang move.
Remember that there is usually more than one method for performing an
effect. No effect is ideal under all
circumstances. Each method has its
advantages and disadvantages. Each
venue has its challenges. You should
choose the method that best meets the needs of the venues where you will be
Copyright 2009 by Bruce "Charlie" Johnson. All rights reserved.
Originally published in Duane Laflin's Advance Newsletter