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“All the world loves a clown”*…


Nonetheless, circus folk fear that a national clown shortage is on the horizon.  In a trend that only those who suffer coulrophobia could love, membership in the country’s largest trade organizations for the jesters has plunged, as an aging membership struggles to recruit new nabobs of the crimson nose.

‘What’s happening is attrition,’ said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. ‘The older clowns are passing away.’ He said he wouldn’t release specific numbers, citing the privacy of the members.

Membership at the World Clown Association, the country’s largest trade group for clowns, has dropped from about 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004. ‘The challenge is getting younger people involved in clowning,’ said Association President Deanna (Dee Dee) Hartmier, who said most of her members are over 40.

Read more in The Daily News [via NPR’s The Two-Way, from whence the photo above]

* Cole Porter


As we stock up on greasepaint, we might send provocatively nonsensical birthday greetings to Hugo Ball; he was born on this date in 1886.  Ball worked as an actor with Max Reinhardt and Hermann Bahr in Berlin until the outbreak of World War I.  A staunch pacifist, Ball made his way to Switzerland, where he turned his hand to poetry in an attempt to express his horror at the conflagration enveloping Europe. (“The war is founded on a glaring mistake, men have been confused with machines.”)

Settling in Zürich, Ball was a co-founder of the Dada movement (and, lore suggests, its namer, having allegedly picked the word at random from a dictionary).  With Tristan Tzara and Jan Arp, among others, he co-founded and presided over the Cabaret Voltaire, the epicenter of Dada.  And in 1916, he created the first Dada Manifesto (Tzara’s came two years later).




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February 22, 2014 at 1:01 am

Boys and Girls of All Ages!…

With a caveat to sufferers of the previously-explored affliction Coulrophobia, and as a kind of companion to the earlier-featured “Dictionary of Carny, Circus, Sideshow & Vaudeville Lingo ,” a collection of vintage circus and carnival posters and photos– one wonder after another!

These and many more at “Le Cirque” and “Bread and Circuses,” Flickr sets from gifted collector DoubleM2 (whose other groups of similarly fascinating designs from other corners of the human experience are also eminently worthy of a wander).

As we choose between an extra-large and an extra-extra-large popcorn, we might recall that it was on this date in 1992 that SummerSlam was held At Wembly Stadium in London.  With paid admissions of 80,355, it was certainly the largest ever professional wrestling crowd outside the U.S.  It may indeed have been the largest wrestling crowd ever:  the WWF reported that attendance at Wrestlemania III, held in Pontiac Michigan in 1987, had attendance of over 93,000; but many writers present believe that the WWF materially “overstated” the gate (and that the figure was more like 78,000).  In any case, no other pro wrestling event, before or since, has been so well attended.

Promotion for the broadcast, two days later

For video of SummerSlam 1992, click here.

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