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Clowns and Elephants are the pegs upon which the circus is hung. - P. T. Barnum

World Elephant Day 2018

Happy World Elephant Day!

Most of us have heard the quote from P. T. Barnum, “Clowns and Elephants are the pegs upon which the circus is hung”.  On World Elephant Day – let’s celebrate both! (more…)

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Oleg Popov coloring page

National Clown Week 2018 day 2

Oleg Popov coloring pageIt’s Day Two of this year’s National Clown Week – and, apparently, coloring page day as well!

So, bump a nose and remember the Sunshine Clown, Oleg Popov!

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Are you afraid of clowns?

Are you afraid of clowns? – from a discussion on Quora.com

No, partly because I am one 🙂

But speaking more broadly, why not? Growing up, I watched Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV for years — he was a whiteface clown, who teamed up with Roy Brown (Cooky).  And they weren’t scary, they were friendly, and they were fun — and they invited the audience to share in that fun. (more…)

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Amelia Adler and Felix Adler as clown cops

What does it mean to be “authentic” as a clown?

What does it mean to be “authentic” as a clown? from a discussion on Quora

It will depend on what you mean by “authentic” of course. For example, there are people who slap on makeup without knowing what they’re doing, and have no clown skills — some call these people “lipstick clowns”. They’re not authentic — although they can learn and become “real” or “authentic” clowns. Everyone starts somewhere, after all. (more…)

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Fear of Clowns

How can I stop being very afraid of clowns?

How can I stop being very afraid of clowns? – from a discussion on Quora

First, you need to recognize what it is that you’re afraid of. Are you afraid of people acting “zany” like the Three Stooges, Jim Carey, the cast of the Carol Burnett Show, Laugh-In, etc.? If not, you’re fear probably isn’t of clowns themselves.

Are you afraid of clowns in makeup? If so, that’s a different thing entirely.

Here’s a true story to illustrate the point: (more…)

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The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoer's Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details Paperback - by Matthew Coniam

The Annotated Marx Brothers

The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoers Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details

Buy from Amazon.com Have you ever watched a Marx Brothers film and wondered what habeas Irish rose is? What is the trial of Mary Dugan with sound? What is a college widow? When exactly did Don Ameche invent the telephone?The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoer's Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details Paperback - by Matthew Coniam Their films are full of such in-jokes and obscure theatrical, literary and topical references that can baffle modern audiences. In this viewer’s guide to the Marx Brothers, you will find the answer to such mysteries, along with an exhaustive compilation of background information, obscure trivia and even the occasional busted myth. Each of the Marx Brothers 13 films is covered by a running commentary, with points in the film discussed as they appear. (more…)

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Bozo the Clown and Milton Berle

Famous Clowns blog – March 2015

A collection of links of clown-related news across the world … (more…)

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Famous Clowns blog – January 3, 2015

Famous Clowns blog – links about clowns and clowning from around the world (more…)

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Famous Clowns blog – December 2014

A collection of links of clown-related news across the world … (more…)

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Famous Clowns blog – November 2014

A collection of links of clown-related news across the world … (more…)

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