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  1. That you might scare the kids is not just an “attitude,” as you called it. Many folks have a real fear of clowns and other people with masks on. Children, especially, can be intimidated if they cannot see the face plainly.
    Actually, when I bid on magic and balloon gigs on Gigmasters, I make it a point to let them know I do not dress as a clown. I remind them some kids are afraid of clowns. It is actually one of my selling points.
    I love real clowns in the circus. But I have seen some “clowns” in costume store outfits and bad make-up who are loud, in your face and down right creepy to a little child.
    If you are going to be a clown, you need to be ready for this.
    To many people, it is real.

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  2. This is a simplistic answer, and in factual fact the process is a little more involved, but basically, arrive without makeup and gradually, throughout the session, apply the make up so the children see a gradual transition. This is a ‘tried and tested’ method of getting people to accept clowns with makeup.

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  3. Melissa Fafarman

    Moshe Cohen who clowns as Mr. YooWho came to the Faithful Fools Street Ministry last month and helped us all “find your funny”. While I love the character who appears in my mind and heart when I wear my full (Mooseburger-made) clown outfit, Miss Felicity Fool, he showed a circle of 30 folks how to delight in plain clothes. Moshe helped me grow my awareness of how to connect with my audience and how to connect us with the ridiculous and the hilarious. To see him perform check out YouTube clips. In his trips with Clowns Without Borders not only does he not need the costume, he doesn’t even need the language.

    “Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground. You cannot tell always by looking at what is happening. More than half a tree is spread out in the soil under your feet.”
    Marge Piercy in The Seven of Pentacles

    Melissa Fafarman
    Faithful Fool

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