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 CLOWNING

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A Clown is an artist or performer who pretends to be a fool or foolish and acts out or acts up, in order to amuse his audience.

Popularity
Clowns are a very popular form of entertainment especially for children. Clowns can be comedy performers, on stage, television, in the circus, childrens & birthday party entertainers and buskers. Wherever laughter is required, call in the clowns

Location
Many clowns are circus performers, but there are also street clowns and clowns for hire for parties and events. To get experience in clowning why not go along to a clowning workshop which operate in the UK, for an insight into what it is all about

Age
It is never too soon to start in clowning, as the skills that a clown needs to learn are best learnt when young.

Ability
A clown must be able to tuen his/herself to all sorts of things in order to make people laugh. Good fitness and adaptability are the main abilities you need, plus good hand-eye coordination.

Description
Clowns have many things in their bag of tricks. Some do slapstick, pie throwing, falling down stumbling, physical humour. Some do pantomime; they don't speak, they act out their skit or story, instead. Some use magic or juggling and even rope walking. Among professional clowns, clown often refers to the character portrayed, rather than the performer. There are three basic traditional clown types called the whiteface, the auguste and the character, there is also a clown called the contra-auguste.

Dedication
A clown is willing to humiliate himself in order to exalt his audience, be that 1 person or 1,000. A clown communicates, but not only with words. It has been said clowns can do anything, mostly because clowns have such wildly varying performances. A clown might need to do magic, juggle, balancing, somersaults, walk a tightrope or highwire, ride an animal such as a horse in fact anything any other circus performer might do.

Potential
In the UK, as recognition of The Code of Clowning, each clown has their own clown face painted onto an eggshell and no two eggs can be alike.

Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.

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