Auguste clowns

Close up of Ron “Toto” Johnson’s auguste face

Toto Johnson photo gallery

Toto Johnson photo gallery, former Ringling Brother clown – a talented Auguste.

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Circus Clown - Lou Jacobs postcard

Lou Jacobs photo gallery

Lou Jacobs photo gallery – dedicated to the great Auguste circus clown, Lou Jacobs

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Achille Zavata

Achille Zavatta

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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Grock d'or statue

Grock, Karl Adrien Wettch, inducted into the clown hall of fame in 1992

Karl Adrien “Grock” Wettach (Jan. 10, 1880 – July 14, 1959) Inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1992, Swiss born Karl Adrien Wettach became the toast of European entertainment as “Grock” the clown. The son of a watchmaker, he became an amateur acrobat and was allowed to spend each summer with a circus, […]

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Dr. Richard Snowberg as Snowflake Junior

Biography of Richard Snowberg, aka Snowflake – caring clown, founder of Clown Camp

Richard Snowberg (??? – ) – Snowflake I met Dr. Richard Snowberg when my wife & I attended Clown Camp ® at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 1998. Unfortunately, Dr. Snowberg, the founder of Clown Camp, was not able to participate that year, as he had to teach classes that week.   Yes, […]

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Steve "T.J. Tatters" Smith (1951 - )

Steve Smith, aka. TJ Tatters

Steve “T.J. Tatters” Smith (August 8, 1951 – ) Steve Smith is best known as the director of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey‘s Clown College. He was a graduate of the college (1971) and a performer and goodwill ambassador with the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey show’s blue unit for the next six years. […]

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Oleg Popov

Oleg Popov, the Sunshine Clown

Oleg Popov (1930 – 2016) Oleg Popov was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1993 Born July 31, 1930 in Vyrubovo, Russia, Oleg Popov became the top clown with the Moscow State Circus. Known as the “Sunshine Clown,” Popov’s character is considered gentle and poetic. He graduated from the Moscow circus school in […]

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Arthur Vercoe Pedlar

Arthur Pedlar – famous English clown

Arthur Pedlar (1932 – ) Arthur Vercoe Pedlar was born into a Congregational family and lives in in Southport, Merseyside, England. He was educated at Leighton Park School in Reading, Berkshire, England, a Quaker school. He first became interested in clowns when he visited the Bertram Mills Circus in 1938. At school he discovered that […]

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Face of Leon McBryde as Buttons

Leon McBryde, aka. “Buttons” biography

Leon McBryde, aka. “Buttons” (1943 – ) Inducted into the 1990 Clown Hall of Fame Growing up in Texas, at the age of 7 young Leon McBryde watched Lou Jacobs perform in the Ringling Brothers circus, and thought that it would be wonderful to do that when he grew up. In 1969, he got that […]

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Lou Jacobs listening

Lou Jacobs biography – Auguste circus clown

Lou Jacobs (January 1, 1903 – September 13, 1992) Inducted into the 1989 Clown Hall of Fame Lou Jacobs is a legend among clowns. Nearly a decade after his death, he is still immediately recognizable to millions of people, with his bulbous nose, cone-head topped by a tiny fedora hat with a shock of bright […]

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