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  1. Michael

    That was a great and insightful reading Priscilla — I work in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn -do a lot of street marketing events and get all kinds of comments from teenagers and sometimes adults. What I do is focus on all of the people who I have such beautiful interactions with and though I feel it in my gut when someone says something derogatory about me – I stay focused on the good.
    Also I saw a wonderful interview with Robin Williams and he said that he loved being Mork on “Mork and Mindy”.
    He said the show went downhill when the producers brought in Raquel Welch as a sexy cheerleader from Ork with two other “sexy” women. He too wanted the show to stay watchable for kids. He was a wonderful man.
    Thanks again – I really liked your email.
    Mike Kramer

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  2. Keekipoo

    When it comes to picking an outfit, I say if you can handle the spooky images, do some research and make sure your ideas haven’t been used in a scary way if you’re not looking for a scary look. Even if you are, tweak it a little to be unique to you and your character.

    I personally clown as both a nice family-friendly clown and a creepy haunted house klown…depending on where and for whom and what they request, etc. I suppose I’m guilty of both scaring the nice ones and comforting the scared ones. The issue is that all of the people who claim to be afraid of clowns, regardless of the truth in their claims, will say they’re scared of a clown even if the clown is being nice and has a nice appearance, as Ron Jaffe said in his reply.

    While being a scary klown, I’ve made people who say they’re scared of clowns in general….realize that they’re thoroughly entertained, and even enjoy klownz at least. Some have said that they like the scarier klownz better than nice clowns. Every person is different, and holds their own opinions of how the world works and how characters should be perceived.

    I’ve also swayed fearing folk into liking clowns while being a sugary sweet clown girl, so we can say that the playing field is quite level, for me. The basis of any clown, regardless of their demeanor, save for the occasional psychotic killer donning a clown persona, is to have fun with life and forget troubles for a little while. That’s really all we want. Even the scary klownz make some forget their troubles for a bit, focusing on entirely new troubles….then later on they realize that the old troubles aren’t quite as bad as they thought.

    It’s all up to the person beneath the paint. Research, learn, practice. Just don’t be a complete psycho and eventually die in prison. That’s not too flattering.

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  3. Glen

    Two stories I have posted to facebook earlier.

    I had joined Rose City Clowns just after they hosted the National Convention (?) with Frosty Little. due to my work schedule, I was able to be the Room Dad for many of my boys (2) field trips and Halloween Parties. All the kids knew my as “xxxx’s dad, the clown”. Even after I was not active with RCC, I would go in clown to the school on Halloween. There was more than one party where the plans of the Room Mothers was fouled up by the teacher doing the prepared activity. So I went to my bag of tricks and livened the party up. One year there was a new girl in the class. She was deathly afraid of clowns, to the point of screaming and crying. The harder the kids tried to let her know I was a good guy, the more upset she got. I finally ask for everyone’s attention. I explained that for some reason, she was afraid of clowns. There is nothing wrong with that. Don’t force her to me, as she needs to decide what she wants to do. The room mothers helped her into her costume while I turned my back to her and worked with the other kids. Every time she approached, I made sure my back was to her. As the party was coming to a close, she had her hands on my back touching me. One of the kids started to say something, but I said NO before they could finish. They got the hint. As I was leaving, I called the kid over and ask her if she knew why I stopped her. She did. The girl was better the next year.

    Second story. I was between events, and had been ask to drop into the Senior/Care Center and just visit with the patients. I checked in asking where they would like me to “work”. I had stickers to hand out to the patients. As I was going in and out of the rooms, the nursing staff were helping a patient at the end of the hall. As I got to the end of the hall, the lady was laughing like crazy. When the staff saw me, they understood. The lady was special and had never really showed emotion, and as I was between rooms, I’d wave and go into the next room. She would start giggling, the staff looked, nothing. They thought she had finally snapped, till they saw me. I went to shake her hand and she held on for a minute or two making sure I was real. I went by a couple of other times, always had to see her.

    As for films, don’t forget “Killer Clowns From Outer Space” and “Poltergeist” with the clown under the bed. Oh, as I checked my Poltergeist reference, NEW this year “Poltergeist” (2015) who’s cover character is a demonic looking clown. Forwarned.

    A final comment: WE have to educate parents, not to just hand us young kids and try to get a picture of Susie with the Clown. It’s like going to see Santa, warm the kid up to the experience, don’t just SUPRISE!

    Thanks for covering the issue.

    Glen “Eart, A Clown” Jensen

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    • Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences, Glen! Great stories, and good advice. Keep up the wonderful work you do.

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  4. Andy (Professor Pi)

    I helped a lady understand why clowns wear make-up. Explained gently make-up is used not to hide our face but share our happy or sad expression to everyone even in the far away nose bleed seats. Make-up is to emphasize our expressions and let people see our emotions so they share in the fun we create even far away. This did seem to help her understand and not fear clowns.

    Suggest instead of being a clown be another character and volunteer at a haunted house or a haunted house for charity. Here you can apply your acting and entertaining skills to give guests what they want a creep or a scare. Any aggravation or frustration received with my full time job is channeled into the character and response to my audience. This is great stress relief. Guests coming into your area expect something and you are giving them a very short skit you created.

    Whatever character you choose other than a clown, be a good character and give the audience, your guests, what they want.

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  5. Fábio Emilio Costa

    I think scary clowns are a good staple for terror movies or series, but nothing more.

    I want to share with those who don’t know a thing about coulrophobic characters: in the Doctor Who spin-off “Sara Jane’s Adventure”, there’s a two-parter episode called “The Day of the Clown”. In this, the iconic Doctor companion and main protagonist Sarah-Jane Smith reveals she’s coulrophobic because some bad experiences with a clown doll at the childhood. However, she and the other protagonists fought the alien enemy, called the Odd Bob (or the Pied Piper), that had kidnapped Sarah Jane adopted son Luke. One of them, Clyde, fight the Odd Bob by joking it and the laughts and smiles dissipates Odd Bob’s (that assumes a clown appearence to scare Sarah jane and render her powerless against him), so they could rescue Luke and catch the Odd Bob.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Clown

    I don’t know if you would like this, but someway I think this could be a thing that could be shared: no scary clown could win against the laughts of the good clowns. :o)

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