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Pat Cashin

Pat Cashin and three of his clown characters
Pat Cashin (1968- July 24, 2016) Pat Cashin was a former Ringling Brothers clown, who performed a variety of characters, at a variety of circuses, owner of the Captain Kangaroo character, and was a popular mall Santa. Pat Cashin was a 1997 graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum...
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Mark Twain on Being a Clown

Mark Twain on Being a Clown
Mark Twain on Being a Clown, by Robert Edmund Sherwood, from Here We Are Again I have ridden in Venetian gondolas to the music of tinkling mandolins; shaken the hands of Queen Victoria and John L. Sullivan; and slept under the stars in the Grand Canyon and the Valley...
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Johnny Patterson

Johnny Patterson (1840 - 1889) The Irish Singing Clown
Johnny Patterson (1840 – 1889) The Irish Singing Clown Early life of Johnny Patterson Johnny Patterson was a famous Irish clown, known for his original songs, singing style and rapport with his audience. He was born John Francis Patterson in 1840 in Kilbarron near Feakle, County Clare, Ireland. His parents...
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Bim Bom

Bim Bom - Founder duo Bim-Bom I. Radunsky (left) with partner M. Stanevsky
Bim Bom  was a Moscow circus clown duo consisting of IvanSemenovich,Radunsky(1872 – 1955) (as Bim) and various “Boms”, active intermittently from 1891 up until at least the World War II. Their clown act was enormously popular, but often banned or censored due to its satirical political content. Each act...
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Achille Zavatta

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Achille Zavatta (May 6, 1915 – November 16, 1993) Achille Zavatta was one of the most famous French clowns, as well as an artist, composer, and circus operator.
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Bill Ballantine

Bill Ballantine
Bill Ballantine (1910 – 1999) Born in 1910 in Millvale, Pennsylvania, Ballantine was introduced to circuses by his father, a member of the Mystic Shrine and once mayor of their home town. Mixing sawdust and grease paint with the sparkling tarnish of the music hall next door to...
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Earl Chaney – Mr. Clown

Earl Chaney - Mr. Clown
Earl Chaney (March 6, 1945 – ) Earl Chaney – Mr. Clown – has been making children of all ages laugh for over twenty years. He perfected his clowning talent in Clown College.  Earl Chaney went on to become one of the best-loved clown characters with the Ringling...
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