One could argue that the most important prop in the arsenal of a Santa Claus is a Santa sack. What other prop is used as much as a sack is? I would also argue that if there is a prop that a Santa uses more than a sack, that Santa has forgotton the purpose of this mythical character.
Santa is a gift-giver, gift-bringer, and spreader of cheer. Santa's primary role is neither of a magician or entertainer, but of a figure of kindness and joy (though having skills in both performing magic tricks and entertaining/performer are helpful).
As part of the 4 episodes on Santa props, I thought the Santa Claus Workshop should cover Santa sacks, their functionality, different designs, and how you could use them during a gig. I, myself, have only ever used sacks to cart in presents. It appears there can be more to it than that.
This week's episode features thoughts on using a Santa sack from both myself (Stuart Deacon Jr.) and the knowledgeable Doug Eberhart of Pro Santa Shop and Pro Santa School. I have much to put into practice when utilizing a Santa sack, and Doug Eberhart gives some wonderful advice and tutelage from his lengthy tenure of representing the man in red.
You can watch this week's episode here: Season 02
Yours as always,