My name is Donald Carpenter and I am dedicated to the Art of Entertainment.
I started magic when I was 9 years old and started clowning when I was 11 years old.
At the age of 13 I met Hal “Shorty” Horton, a Professional Clown with accolades such as International Clown of The year, National Clown for the Leukemia Society & much more.
Hal took me on as an apprentice and he taught me the Art of Clowning, including how to properly apply my makeup, slapstick, how to properly approach children and the use of props.
I became a Professional Magic Clown at the age of 14. I was the youngest member to join Alley 107 of the Clowns of America, which later became Clowns of America International.
Over the years I have attended the Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp, American Clown Academy 2.0, World Clown Association Clown Convention, Daytona Festival of Magic, and other various conventions to advance my knowledge in the art of entertainment.
Over the years I became involved with the Lucille Ball Community Theater in Jamestown, NY, where I assisted in Audio/Visual and Set Construction. I was also a Stage Hand, Actor, and Prop Handler. I was a Magic Consultant for the production of Damn Yankees at the Hartford Stage Company, in Hartford, CT.
Although I never stopped performing, I reopened my entertainment business in 2015 and I now apply my talents to enhance events while making them fun and memorable.
In March 2018 I was elected to the position of the American South East Regional Director for the World Clown Association. Supporting, promoting the art of clowning and spreading joy and laughter, using any one of my talents, has been my passion since I was 14 years old.
In 2020 my muscle myopathy came back and over the last two years my ability to walk or stand for long periods became harder. I have since sold my DJ business and renamed my business from Music Magic & Mayhem to Magic & Smiles. I have reopened my magic shop and I still occasionally perform shows.