LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS... welcome to the big top blog of Douglas McPherson, author of CIRCUS MANIA, the book described by Gerry Cottle as "A passionate and up-to-date look at the circus and its people."

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Coulrophobia - the fear of clowns!

Hope no-one minds the new picture behind the title of this blog. Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns and according to Jasper King of the Chipolatas, it's rife in Britain, which is why he and his troupe of musical jesters have dispensed with their white faces. Other funny-men have reduced their motley and slap to a minimum so as not to scare the kids.

For more on the changing face of clowning, from 19th century pantomime star Joseph Grimaldi, after whom clowns are still nicknamed Joeys, to today’s kings of big top comedy, Clive Webb, Danny Adams and Bippo, read Circus Mania - The Ultimate Book For Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away With The Circus.

The Mail on Sunday said, “Circus Mania is a brilliant account of a vanishing art form,” and “an excellent book.” Who am I to disagree?

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Did you know...
That August 1 - 7 is International Clown Week - a celebration that was written into American law by President Richard Nixon on August 2, 1971?

Click here to read 10 Facts About Clowns.

And if you suffer from coulrophobia DON'T click here to read about Britain's crazy clown crime-wave!

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