Posted: March 6, 2009 in Circus
Tags: Circus, Clowns, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey
Here’s another classic post from my old blog from December 28, 2007.
Believe it or not, as a kid I always wanted to be a clown when I grew up. Some people would say that I succeeded in that goal, even though it is not my profession, whilst others would wonder why someone who lacks any sense of humour would want to be able to make people laugh. Ironically I have coulrophobia, a fear of clowns, which causes me to completely freak out whenever I see one of these buffoons in real life. (My fear of clowns probably occurred when I saw Zig and Zag at Moomba once. I found them both to be quite rude.)
Growing up my favourite movie was Cecil B de Mille’s “The Greatest Show On Earth”, which featured two of the greatest clowns ever in cameos. Lou Jacobs was a famous clown with Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey for over thirty years. For some reason I had a poster of him that was hung in my room. I suspect that I got the poster in a showbag from the Royal Melbourne Show. I think that this poste
r was the reason why I wanted to be a clown.
The other famous clown that had a cameo in that movie was Emmett Kelly. He played a sad, tramp clown and was perhaps the most famous American clown of all in the 20th century.
Another reason why I wanted to be a clown probably has something to do with my Grandad. No, he wasn’t a clown, but he used to live in Richmond and whenever the Ashton’s Circus played in Melbourne, they were stationed at the nearby Burnley Oval. We would always walk down to the oval to look at the elephants, camels and lions, but I cannot remember if we saw any clowns or not.