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  1. Jack Kramer

    I enjoyed the article about watering down your clown, and once again have to
    pipe in with my own experience. First of all, contrary to your caution about
    clowning at a Halloween celebration, I did just that on October 30th. It was
    at a nursing home that was having a party for residents and their families,
    with the children and some adults in costume – they had asked me to come to
    this about six months ago. Although there were some shy kids, I found that
    most of them were receptive. I suspect that this may have been partially due
    to the fact that they too were in costume and simply accepted me as just
    another costumed character.

    In your article you referred to pictures of kids enjoying a clown’s antics. At the outset, I had joked with the kids who were seated around the floor and did some dumb magic tricks. One picture that was taken shows a little girl watching me with an expression that’s just precious, as though she’s thinking “this clown is really silly”. (I had a squeaker under my glove that would make a noise when the kids gave me a high-five – this little girl kept following me around wanting more high-fives.) Then there’s a photo of a little guy with a sponge rubber clown nose that I had given those kids (and adults) that were willing to become honorary clowns.

    Just thought you’d get a kick out of seeing some confirmation of what you
    had said in your article.

    Jack Kramer
    aka “Polyester”

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  2. Pricilla haven’t read your scary clown piece yet, but I heard some say that religion divides and spirtually you embrace, I will take the latter. We had a local photo assignment that emulated the Clown in “IT” and pics got released and created a stir, I got a lot of calls on that, mostly from teenage boys wondering if I him, I thought for while to include the scary clown in repertoire, don’t think I can but I can accept that scary clowns are part of the fabric of “clowning”, just live with it and make my clown character more fun and lovable or your $$$ or fear back. I’m fearless.

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  3. Erika

    I love this advice! Even thought I’m still to clowning, it’s something I’ve noticed a lot as well. The creative, colorful costumes and makeup that I love so much about clowns seem to be consistently seen less and less as the years have gone by and it’s sad!

    I love the individuality/personality that clowns express through their look, it’s such a fantastic supplement to the character and heart that shine through their performances.

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  4. A reaction from Belgium. Here in Europe they already do a few years less make-up. When it is a good clown i have no problem, but if the caracter is not worked out, the show is no good. And he or she, even it is a good clown i be mad and sad and i tell it directly to the person, and give him or she the advice to study a lot of the caracter of a clown.
    When i was the last time in the USA I hear that they say with a little make-up, its the “European” way. Now i can tell you yes, we don’t use a lot of make-up, (the professionals) but when we are a clown, we are a clown, with the big shoes, with a collourful costume or dress and with the big shoes.
    I give a advice to the American clowns: PLEASE wear the crazy costumes, the red nose, and the big shoes at least, that gives the customers direct remembrance of the clown .

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