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Frank “Slivers” Oakley

Frank "Slivers" Oakley in his baseball skit
Frank Oakley, aka. Slivers, 1871-1916 Frank Oakley, also known as Slivers (1871–1916) was the most popular circus clown of his generation. Born in Sweden, both of Oakley’s parents were concert singers. At the age of 14 he began to practice as a contortionist and at 16 he joined...
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2014 International Clown Hall of Fame inductees

Clown Hall of Fame
2014 International Clown Hall of Fame inductees “It is the Board of Directors great honor and privilege to announce the 2014 selections for Induction into the International Clown Hall of Fame. Chuck Burnes, Dougie Ashton, Paul Wenzel and Carl “Swede” Johnson are recognized for their contributions to the...
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Clown Types – the Auguste clown

Albert Fratellini
Character of the Auguste clown The  Auguste clown is in a class by himself. The least intelligent (although that’s not saying much : ) of the clowns, he is also perhaps the most beloved. With the most exaggerated make-up and movements, this is the zaniest of the clowns....
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The whiteface clown – clown types

Glenn "Frosty" Little, inducted into the 1991 Clown Hall of Fame
Character of the white face clown The white face clown, a.k.a. the classic clown or the whiteface clown, is the clown most people first think of when they hear the word “clown.” Associated with the  circus, the whiteface clown is the most intelligent of the clowns, and is...
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