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  1. See the video here:
    http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/4958106

    Where have all the clowns gone?
    On a national level, they’re a disappearing group, but at Illinois State University, Gamma Phi Circus has never been stronger.
    “Maybe in some places, where there’s not that many and interest isn’t that big, but we’re there,” said ISU senior Albia Aye, who has the clown name Bunny. “We’re just not as well known, I guess.”
    According to the National Clown Registry, there are 1,000 fewer clowns now than there were a decade ago, but Gamma Phi’s numbers have stayed steady.

    Read the entire article online here:
    http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/story/d/story/national-clown-shortage-not-affecting-isus-gamma-p/25899/WccN61Kmik2-sNcQ4uqIvg

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  2. Betsy Kallmeyer

    The entertainment business is on the rise, therefore clowning should be. We clowns must find ways to break down the walls that hinder entrance into the field, that’s all. Some people want to be a clown but haven’t because they assume they need clown college/school and can’t find one nearby. Many just need encouragement to get started. These obstacles are easy to conquer! I have high expectations for a future clown increase just because this conversation has been publicized!

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  3. Simone Zwaren

    Where would the world be if the number of clowns were declining? Honestly it has been a while since I have seen a clown. I used to see them go to work every morning on the subway, half dressed, half make-uped, but still very clearly a clown. I think it is interesting that the article kept pointing out how the craft was evolving and i would love to read more about how the art of clowning and how the clowning population itself is changing.

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  4. Mike Vultaggio

    THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!! Without clowns where would this fine nation be!! Without them, who would entertain us!!!
    I think that the true problem here isn’t that there are less clowns, I think that it’s just that they’re all entering the higher paying job of Politics. 😉
    But seriously, it is quite sad to see that there is a decline in the amount of clowns in the workforce, as a kid I loved seeing the clowns in the circus make fools of themselves for our entertainment. The problem likely is that clowns are portrayed in such a terrible way in the media making less people interested in becoming one.

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  5. Anna Rosati

    From the few summers I spent learning flying trapeze, aerial silks, fire eating, and more, I actually know several professional or trying-to-be-professional clowns. It’s cool because they totally approach it as an art, or even a sport, that needs to be practiced and grown. I don’t even think they do birthday parties or mitzvahs or whatever else you may expect! It’s cool to see how seriously clowns, or really all circus artists and aerialists, take their work. Of course, the epitome of this is Cirque du Soleil where we see all aspects of the circus, clowns included, working to create something so thrilling and beautiful.

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  6. Keith Kelly

    Before reading this article, I never thought of clowning as a lifestyle or a means of making income. Clowning to me is a hobby that a certain demographic of people enjoy to partake in. I found it sorta amusing that this article was so upset that there was a shortage of clowns, thats probably because people are starting to use their education more wisely. I can’t imagine a large group of people wanting to be clowns for the rest or their lives, but we all have different things we are passionate about. Many people would look down on the entertainment industry as a profession as well. Clowning is for sure no longer in high demand and it takes me by no surprise that the closing community that does exist is more online. In a few more decades I would be very surprised is there was any more clowns.

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  7. Wow, what a big online response yesterday! Did you see all those videos? We will be posting links to some of the best ones here in a short while.
    This video is a great interview with Deanna “Dee Dee” Hartmier, Grace “Candy” Brigham, Cyrus “Cido” Zavieh, and Glenn “Clyde D. Scope” Kohlberger:

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  8. Jack Kramer

    For us not-for-profit clowns, there is great potential in Caring Clown activities. A local newspaper recently did an article about my clowning at nursing homes, and this led to new requests for me to entertain. I also received a contact from Smiles Unlimited Universal Clown Ministry with a request to help them recruit new clowns through local churches. This group is committed to excellence in clowning in nursing homes, healthcare facilities, hospitals, prisons and wherever the healing power of humor can best serve those in need. Anyone interested can contact the Clown Ministry at: clowns@smilesunlimited.org

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  9. As a volunteer clown in Australia I feel there is a great future in clowning. We bring so much happiness and joy to the elderly and infirm and people are more than happy to do this and donate all their time and energy in doing so. Take a look at our website: http://www.coastalcaringclowns.com and see how we have grown. The future is bright.

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  10. Whinot

    My ‘official’ start in clowning arrived at the age of 47 and I’m still at it at 73. In my travels, I meet at least three young people each year who are seriously interested in taking up this vocation. If only a handful of those actually pursue it, there is no chance that clowning will die out. The path taken by clowns-to-be may have changed in our time but society will always need and welcome what we do. Consider that Red Skelton did not always wear a red nose and make-up; Jimmy Fallon’s talents parallel those of many clowns. Clowns have held a place and served an important purpose in societies for many centuries. We shall survive!

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  11. Thank you for a great article. My first thoughts were quality of clowning is on the rise. Websites are a great idea. Here is ours http://scsillies.com/ small local midwest ally but we’re proud.

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