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Bev Bergeron, Rebo the magic clown

Rebo the clown, portrayed by Bev Bergeron
Beverly “Rebo” Bergeron (?? – present) Everyone has seen a clown twisting a single balloon into a dog — but who did it first? The answer, unsurprisingly, is Bev Bergeron, in 1959. But he first came to national prominence a year earlier, in 1958, when he created Rebo...
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Mark Anthony, famous tramp clown

photograph of Mark Anthony in tramp clown makeup
Mark Anthony, famous circus tramp clown Mark Anthony was born Mark Galkowski in Norwich, Connecticut in 1915. During the depression, he first joined the circus in 1937 in South Carolina. Except for a two-year stint in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he spent most of his...
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Prince Paul, circus clown

clown picture - painting of Paul Alpert, aka. Prince Paul
Paul ‘Prince Paul€’ Alpert (1913 – 1987) Inducted into the  Clown Hall of Fame in 1992, Paul Alpert became a  famous little person, after gaining a start in clowning in 1933 with the Paul Jung troupe.The Bangor, Maine native went on to fame as a  Ringling Bros. clown,...
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Felix Adler, king of clowns

Felix Adler with his wife and clown partner, Amelia
Felix Adler (June 17, 1895 – February 1, 1960) – The White House Clown, King of Clowns Inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1989. Felix Adler grew up on a small farm outside of Clinton, Iowa, with his father Joseph and mother Nettie. Some accounts state that...
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Groucho Marx biography

The Marx Brothers - Chico, Zeppo, Groucho, Harpo
Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) Julius Henry Marx, better known to the world as  Groucho Marx, was born on October 2, 1890, to Samuel “Frenchie” Marx and his wife, Minnie Schoenberg Marx. The third child, Groucho felt tension with his oldest brother  Chico.
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Circus, on PBS

If you’re not watching the documentary “Circus” on PBS, you’ve nobody to blame but yourself.  It follows the Big Apple Circus during their 2008 season, and features some of America’s greatest active clowns, including Barry Lubin as Grandma, Steve Smith (as guest director), Glen Heroy, and several others....
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A History of Clowns

George Fox
(thanks to Bruce “Charlie” Johnson and The Clown Hall of Fame) Introduction The art of clowning has existed for thousands of years. A pygmy clown performed as a jester in the court of Pharaoh Dadkeri-Assi during Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty about 2500 B.C. Court jesters have performed in China...
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Albert Fratellini, famous European circus clown

Albert Fratellini
Albert Fratellini (1886 – 1961) Albert Fratellini was born in Moscow to the Fratellini circus family. He and his brothers, Paul and Francois, trained in Russia under one of the Durov brothers. The Fratellini brothers entree lasted 45 minutes. They performed at the Cirque Medrano where many classic...
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Requiem for Frosty Little

Glenn "Frosty" Little, inducted into the 1991 Clown Hall of Fame
Biography of Glenn “Frosty” Little (1925 – 2010) Glenn “Frosty” Little was born in Genoa, Nebraska in 1925.  He received his nickname (which later became his clown name) from his grandfather, who compared him to Jack Frost, due to his love of playing in the snow.  At the...
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