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When the Circus Comes to Town

I have no idea of the provenance of this half-hour compilation. Shown at cinemas before the main feature? Whatever the case, it has everything. Cornball music, girly cheesecake, animated cartoon, stop-motion cartoon, narration by a chimp. Also, the highly disturbing image reproduced below. Somehow I feel it relates to the "horse fondling" theme of yesterday.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 16, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Clowns, Dreams and Nightmares, Music, Sex Symbols, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, 1940's

Buck Nolan - The tallest clown

Buck Nolan claimed to be the tallest clown in the world. And since he was 7 feet 6 inches tall, that claim was probably accurate.

He reportedly turned down the role of Darth Vader, after which he was probably a sad, bitter clown. Plus, he was also once investigated for child molestation, so he was also a creepy clown. (Though I don't know if he was actually found guilty of the charges.)

More info and pictures of him at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 06, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Clowns

Zovello, The Bonomo Magic Clown

Given fezzes to wear, and a supply of taffy to eat, the children in the audience were still at a loss for having to watch the sub-Krusty antics of Zovello the Magic Clown.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Clowns, Television, Children, 1940's, 1950's

Professor Turned Clown


Discontented with the life of a professor of economics, Dr. Charles Boas became Onions the Clown.

I'm sure this thrilled any living parents who might have helped pay for years of higher education.

Read the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 05, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Clowns, Eccentrics, 1960's, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Harry Rogers, The Fire Clown



Original article here.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 30, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Clowns, PSA's, 1920's, 1930's

Clown Art

If you're a collector of paintings of clowns, then you're probably already aware of Jim Howle. His website describes him as "the best-known clown artist in the world." He's actually the only clown artist that I know of, though I'm sure there must be others.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 14, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Clowns

The Six Brown Brothers


Blackface, clownsuits and saxophones: a winning combo in any era!

Learn the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 05, 2013 | Comments (0)
Category: Clowns, Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1910's, 1920's, 1930's

Most Unfortunate Clown Motto Ever


More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 09, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Clowns, Sexuality, Comics, 1950's

Henri Gugelmann’s Rat Circus

In 1979, when Henri Gugelmann debuted his "rat circus" in downtown Bern, he claimed it was the first of its kind in the world. And maybe it was also the last, because I don't know where one would go today to see performing rats.

His trained rats jumped over ropes, ran through burning rings, and crawled along in a "rat race" while Gugelmann, dressed as a clown, directed the show. That sounds like quality entertainment! [Google News: Victoria Advocate, Aug 9, 1979]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 30, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Clowns, 1970's
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