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Different Types of Clowns

There are three basic types of clowns: The Whiteface clown is the oldest and most well-known of the clowns The Auguste  clown is the least intelligent, and zaniest of the clowns The character clown is most commonly represented by the Sad Tramp or Happy Hobo Special thanks to Jim Howle, for the graphics...
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Why are clowns not popular to everyone?

The children's favorite clown - Ringling Brothers circus poster
(Editor’s note: an answer to a question posted at Quora) Why is Mickey Mouse not popular to everyone? Why do some people prefer Batman v. Superman to The Avengers movie franchise? Because individuals have different tastes. But, part of the problem is that the poster of the question...
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W.C. Fields Quotes

W.C. Fields Quotes - W. C. Fields, in addition to a legacy of legendary films (such as The Bank Dick, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, and You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man), had a legendary sense of humor. On and off set, he remained in character, and was famous for his many quips and retorts .
W.C. Fields Quotes – W. C. Fields, in addition to a legacy of legendary films (such as The Bank Dick, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, and You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man), had a legendary sense of humor.  On and off set, he remained in character, and was famous...
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A Share in the World to Come

A Share in the World to Come - a story about the prophet Elijah and two clowns
‘Rabbi Baruqa of Huza often went to the marketplace at Lapet. One day, the prophet Elijah appeared to him there, and Rabbi Baruqa asked him, “Is there anyone among all these people who will have a share in the World to Come?”
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What Witchery but a Clown’s?

Joseph Grimaldi as Clown
What Witchery but a Clowns? by Charles Dickens, from the introduction to Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, edited by Dickens in 1838. It is some years now, since we first conceived a strong veneration for Clowns, and an intense anxiety to know what they did with themselves out of pantomime...
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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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Only One Real Life

Only One Real Life, by Dexter Fellows - an excerpt from This Way to the Big Show, 1936
Only One Real Life, by Dexter Fellows – an excerpt from This Way to the Big Show, 1936 The laugh-clown-laugh theme is as old as the story of the melancholic jester and his doctor. It has been told of George L. Fox, one of America’s greatest clowns and pantomimists...
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Eternal Drollery

The children's favorite clown - Ringling Brothers circus poster
Eternal Drollery, by Francis Beverly Kelley (from “The Land of Stardust and Spangles,” The National Geographic Magazine, October 1931) Byron once wrote, “He who joy would win must share it; happiness was born a  twin.” Circus people know this, and no one puts it into more consistent practice than...
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