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The clown's clothing

Clowns are popular for their very peculiar way of clothing and their interesting make-up.

The big red nose and the colored wigs are what they are more recognised for.

The shoes play such an important role in a clown’s costume. The bigger, the better. That way, the goofy posture is maintained in order to captivate children’s attention. Shoes can come in several colors.

Big and baggy pants are another of the clown‘s signature appearance. Clowns can also wear suspenders. Usually, the pants are short enough for the clown to show his long striped socks that are, in most cases, different from each other.

Shirts are always extremely colorful and fun. Clowns can also wear hats, in order to create a funnier look and carry big bags or suitcases, where they keep inside the props used in their acting numbers.

As far as girl clowns go, they can dress just like the male clowns or they can wear big colorful dresses with long socks and big shoes. The hair is usually in two pigtails or frech-braids.

A clown in black & white

Mime is the silent art of acting out a scene or expressing feelings with gestures and facial expressions. A mime artist (from Greek - mimos, "imitator, actor") is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech.

Its performance originates at its earliest in Ancient Greece; the name is taken from a single masked dancer called Pantomimus, although performances were not necessarily silent. In Medieval Europe, early forms of mime such as mummer plays and later dumbshows evolved. In the early 19th century, many of the attributes that we have come to know in modern times — the silent figure in whiteface – were solidified.

Mime has two main types: abstract and literal. Abstract mime often has no plot or main character, but rather is an expression of feeling used to provoke interpretive thoughts about a serious subject. Literal mime is often comedic or is used to tell a story. Gestures and visuals show a clear and usually hilarious tale of the conflict faced by the main character.
Many combinations of both types of mime are possible and pantomime movements are also common to mime. Pantomime is the use of movement and gesture in the telling of a story, usually in a comic manner and is a more literal type of mime.

Silent film comedians like Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton learned the craft of mime in the theatre, but through film, they would have a profound influence on mimes working in live theatre even decades after their death. Indeed, Chaplin may be the most well-documented mime in history.

The clown code of ethics - the seven clown commandments

1) I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while I am in costume and makeup. I will remember at all times to provide others with clean clown comedy entertainment. I will remember that a good clown entertains others by making fun of himself and not at the expense or embarrassment of others.

2) I will learn to apply my makeup in a professional manner. I will provide my own costume. I will always try to remain anonymous while in makeup and costume as a clown, though there may be circumstances when it is not reasonably possible to do so.

3) I will neither drink alcoholic beverages nor smoke while in makeup or clown costume. Also, I will not drink alcoholic beverages prior to any clown appearances. I will not become involved in or tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or any protected status.

4) I will remove my makeup and change into my street clothes as soon as possible following my appearance, so that I cannot be associated with any incident that may be detrimental to the good name of clowning.

5) While on appearance in makeup and costume, I will carry out the directives of the producer or his designated deputies. I will abide by all performance rules without complaint in public.

6) I will do my very best to maintain the best clown standards of makeup, costuming, properties, and comedy.

7) I will appear in as many clown shows as I possibly can.

Jokes about clowns

“The clown and the singing contest”

Clown 1: I won second prize in a singing contest once!
Clown 2: Really? How many people were in the contest?
Clown 1: Two!
Clown 2: Uh huh. What did the winner sing?
Clown 1: Nothing! They just heard me sing, and they awarded him first prize!

“Holding a mirror in front of your face with your eyes closed”

Question: Why was Sparkle The Clown holding a mirror in front of her face with her eyes closed?
Answer: Because she wanted to see what she looked like when she was sleeping!

“Length of a clown’s nose”

Question: Why can’t clown noses be 12 inches long?
Answer: Because then they would be a foot!

“Clown weight lifting”

Clown 1: Did your mother lift weights, by any chance?
Clown 2: No, why do you ask?
Clown 1: Well, it seems that she’s raised one dumb bell.

“Boyfriend and girlfriend clown conversations”

Boy Clown: May I hold your hand??
Girl Clown: No thanks, it isn’t heavy.

Girl Clown: If we become engaged will you give me a ring??
Boy Clown: Sure, what’s your phone number??

Girl Clown: Hammer The Clown says I’m pretty. Big Shoes says I’m ugly. What do you think?
Boy Clown: I agree with both. You’re pretty ugly.

“Holes in the underwear”

Clown 1: Do you have holes in your underwear?
Clown 2: What an insult! Of course I don’t have holes in my underwear.
Clown 1: then how do you get your feet through?

“Eating a dollar bill”

Why did Rainbow The Clown eat a dollar bill?
Answer: It was his lunch money.

The most famous clowns

Some of the most famous clowns are featured in many movies and portrayed by the media.

Krusty The Klown, the famous clown from the animated television series The Simpsons. Krusty is often portrayed as completely addicted smoker who is made miserable by the show business but continues anyway. He is the long-time clown host of Bart and Lisa’s favorite TV show and the biggest idol of Homer’s son.

Another famous clown is Ronald McDonald, the clown character used as the primary mascot of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain. In television commercials, the clown inhabits a fantasy world called McDonaldland, and has adventures with his friends Mayor McCheese, the Hamburglar, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird, and The Fry Kids.

Batatinha and Companhia are two other very famous clowns. They are the hosts of the Portuguese TV show “Batatoon” especially made for children. The show counted with the presence of other figures like Sapo Xixi, Ping, Pong, Risório, Peixinho Expô, Ursinho João, Cadela Pulga and several toys used to captivate children’s attention, such as Comando, Caixinha do Correio, Agendinha de Internet, Microgaitas and Dona Rede. The show ended when Batatinha and Companhia started a fight on a live show, leaving all the little kids in panic.

The very well-known horror movies “Saw” use a creepy clown to tell Jigsaw’s victims that they are going to die.

Video about Clowns :) LOL

Coulrophobia: What is it?

The prefix "coulro=" comes from Ancient Greek and means “one who goes on stilts”.
Coulrophobia is abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns. The condition is common among children, but is also sometimes found in teenagers and adults. Sufferers sometimes acquire a fear of clowns after a bad experience with one personally.

The main reasons for coulrophobia are the make-up and exaggerated features of the clown. Painted eyes and painted smiles, as well as the red bulbous nose, can be frightening initially to children.
A clown act may also feature clowns being hurt, or clowns hurting other clowns. The fact that someone causes physical pain with a huge painted smile suggests that one cannot trust the painted expressions of the clown.
In a more general sense, the concept of obscured facial features appears to be most concerning and may in part account for coulrophobia.

The Clown

Throughout history most cultures have had clowns. Aztec fools, dwarf clowns, and hunchbacked buffoons are among the most ancient ones. Most Native American tribes had some type of clown character. These clowns played an important role in the social and religious life of the tribe, and in some cases were believed to be able to cure certain diseases.

Why a blog about Clowns?

Is it the goofy red smile? The orange hair? The big shoes? What is it that makes this creature of hell so freaking scary?
And we’re not alone in this. A lot of people all around the world feel when around or clowns or its variants, like mimes. In fact, Coulrophia (the fear of clowns) is one of people’s top ten phobias. So, we just wanted to clarify its persona by writing a blog about it.
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