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Meet Chipper Lowell of Corporate Comedy Magic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chipper Lowell.

Chipper, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was raised on circuses and large scale arena shows with my parents who were also in show business. At the time, my father was a clown and my mother was an aerialist for Ringling Bros. At around age 7 or 8, I made my onstage debut, as part of a clown sketch on the “Disney On Parade” large arena production show. The show biz ‘bug’ bit, and I’ve been in it my entire life.

As I grew up we continued to travel on a variety of stage show, touring the entire U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, and Australia and New Zealand. At age 10-12, I assisted my mother during her stage act in the center ring. She performed an act called “Iron Jaw”, where she was literally lifted several stories into the air, hanging only by her teeth. (Later in my own shows, I would joke about the fact that we never needed a can opener if Mom was around.) She also did a “Hair hang” act, which is exactly what it sounds like — Her hair was gathered up, evenly, into a tight bun and attached to a cable where she was hoisted and swung around in the air as she juggled. My job as the ‘assistant’ was to hand her various props – balls, rings, streamers, etc. – and then proudly point up at her as she did her tricks.

In my teen years I got more into comedy, and by the time I had graduated high school (taking a correspondence course as I traveled) I was performing in comedy clubs and doing shows for schools and company picnics and banquets. Disneyland contacted me, and at age 19 I started ‘working for the Mouse’ in Fantasyland, entertaining the crowds. This was the perfect opportunity for me to work even harder on my own original material, trying it out in front of the public 6 to 8 times a day. I regarded my three years at the theme park sort of a Boot Camp.

From there, I hopped aboard a cruise ship and have periodically worked the ships for the past 20+ years. This led me to my touring solo show which plays performing arts centers and theaters around the world. The newest show, “The Chipper Experience! – Where COMEDY & MAGIC Collide” has been doing fantastic each and every year, and even did a 600+ show run in Lake Tahoe spanning 13 months and record crowds.

These days my calendar is a fun mix of theater dates, comedy club appearances and a large amount of corporate clients. I travel quite a lot each month for company events, awards banquets, etc., but am also lucky that I live in the Los Angeles area where there are plenty of companies needing a solid comedy show with 20+ years of experience in working for Fortune 500 companies and knowing how to entertain their employees and create a memorable evening for them all.

In the midst of all of this, I’ve also been fortunate to make several television appearances, including The Tonight Show, The Disney Channel, the MDA Telethon, America’s Funniest People!, Don’t Blink, as well as all four seasons of the Masters Of Illusion TV series on the CW network. I’ve also worked with quite a few celebrities and stars along the way, many of whom you can see in the photos area on my website. Those are always kind of fun because I’m usually a fan of theirs and can’t believe I’m meeting them in person.

Honored to have also received multiple nominations for “Stage Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle (aka The Academy of Magical Arts), and other awards such as two-time “Comedy Magician of the Year”, and “Specialty Act of the Year” from various organizations.

We still try to keep a balance between work and family, which is always hard to do with the ever-changing calendar and tour dates, but we make it work. My wife, Lisa, was a Broadway dancer and also a Radio City Rockette, and our son has traveled with us as much as possible, so we all know what this crazy business is all about. We love living in SoCal, keeping it as our ‘base’, and having such an eclectic world around us, ranging from the beaches, great weather, and a large chunk of the TV and movie industry right in our own backyard.

Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest struggle was slowly understand that how I was raised was not the ‘norm’ for everyone else in the real world. I just thought as a kid that all families lived in trailers and traveled wherever they wished. LOL! So it was a bit of a rude awakening to learn that that was not the case.

I will say that I had two parents who were VERY supportive of me being in entertainment. They were not as lucky with their own parents, who kept asking them when they were going to ‘settle down’ and ‘get a real job’. But show business was in our blood and I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do, be it performing live, or at least working behind the scenes as a director or writer.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Corporate Comedy Magic – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My shows – Corporate Comedy Magic – are known for quality entertainment that caters exclusively to the corporate market. These are high-end clients, such as Universal Studios, Bank of America, etc., who need a solid show for their events. Most usually take place during the evening, for a special dinner, or awards presentation, and I am their headline entertainment once their dinner is finished.

All of the comedy material in my shows is strictly ‘corporate clean’ and 100% suitable for all demographics. We want the experience for our clients to be hilarious and memorable and basically a ‘great time had by all’.

There are a few things that set me apart from other corporate performers in that I create all of my own original material and unique magic routines, many of which come from my critically-acclaimed touring show. I strive to give my corporate audiences things they’ve never seen before, which they love. It’s a win/win situation because I know that I’m performing creative routines for them that past entertainers have never done before.

The other thing that is unique is that I’m often asked to incorporate a client’s product, or sales points into my performance. I take the time to customize the show to fit their needs. This is a lot of fun for me, and makes each performance quite unique.

For instance, I recently appeared at a corporate function for the movie industry – 500+ people from film marketing and distribution – and they wanted me to present a half dozen awards during the evening, acknowledging the hard work that several employees had done over the past year. I created several original pieces of magic and mentalism, where each trick had a ‘surprise’ reveal of not only the movie chosen or card thought of during the routine, but also the actual name of the next award recipient ‘magically’ appeared as well.

And just like the Emmys or Oscars, those winners were called up onto the stage and I presented their awards to them. Very fun and a cool twist in what could have been a boring awards presentation. The client and the audience loved it. And I loved creating those special moments for events like this.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Right off the top…..THE FOOD! I really like that I can order pretty much anything I want and find not only that type of food, but quality as well! And in several cases, there are some yummy 24-hour restaurants, nightlife, and hangouts, no matter what day, so there’s always a cool place to go and grab a bite anytime of the day or night.

Second – the OCEAN! My wife and I have thought about moving to other states, but it always comes back to the fact that we’d miss the beaches here, not to mention the fantastic weather year round. The three of us, as a family, love riding our bikes and southern California has over thousands of miles of bike trails to choose from. We can plan a bike ride pretty much anywhere. It actually took us quite a few years to realize just how ‘bike friendly’ the area is. We love it!

If there was anything to gripe about is how bad the traffic can be, and the smog. But those are small things in the big picture when you’re enjoying the (mostly) great weather and sunshine, and for me, the fact that I have literally 4 or 5 different airports to choose from for my corporate gigs in the L.A. and Orange County areas.

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1 Comment

  1. Jack Maxwell

    June 6, 2017 at 01:15

    The Bornstein’s, Jeff and Kimberly, are one of the most unique and entertaining acts I’ve ever seen. Check them out if you can.

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