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Clowns

Clumsiness (See AWKWARDNESS, INEPTITUDE.)
Bardolph
“coney-catching rascal”; follower of Falstaff. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
Bertoldo
medieval jester, butt, and buffoon. [Ital. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 54–55]
Dagonet
fool at the court of King Arthur, who knighted him. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 303]
Feste
playful fool. [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
Geddes
jester in the court of Mary Queen of Scots. [Scot. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 380]
Gobbo, Launcelot
a “wit-snapper,” a “merry devil.” [Br. Lit.: Merchant of Venice]
harlequin
comic character in commedia dell’arte; dressed in multicolored tights in a diamond-shaped pattern. [Ital. Drama: NCE, 1194]
Hop-Frog
deformed dwarf ; court fool. [Am. Lit.: “Hop-Frog” in Portable Poe, 317–329]
Jocus
Cupid’s companion and fool. [Rom. Lit.: Psychomachia]
Joey
after Joseph Grimaldi, famous 19th-century clown. [Am. Hist.: Espy, 45]
Jupe
a clown in Sleary’s circus. [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
Kelly, Emmett
(1897–1979) foremost silent, sad-faced circus clown. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 83]
McDonald, Ronald
hamburger chain’s Pied Piper. [Am. Culture: Grinding]
Merry-Andrew
Andrew Borde, Henry VIII’s> physician. [Br. Hist.: Wheeler, 241]
Pagliacci
clown Canio stabs his unfaithful wife and her lover. [Ital. Opera: Osborne Opera, 233]
Patch
court fool of Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 380]
Touchstone
a “motley-mined,” “roynish” court jester. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
Yorick
jester in the court of Denmark. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
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Carolina received a number of reports that people dressed as clowns were trying to lure children.
A spokesman for NSPCC Cymru/ Wales said: "People getting dressed up as creepy clowns and frightening children should take a long hard look at themselves.
Helen Jones said: "They are OK as entertainers but it's not on what these clowns are doing, going out of their way to frighten people
In the New Zealand city of Hamilton, a 22-year-old woman was assaulted early on Saturday by two men dressed as clowns, police said.
The "clown" was not acting suspiciously, the caller said, but because of recent rumors on social media about clowns, as well as her belief that clowns could pose a unique threat to children, the caller asked the dispatcher to take a report, according to the Springfield police dispatch log.
Feedback so far showed Selwyn residents responding openly to the Clown Doctors, talking about their life experiences and joining in the banter and general camaraderie.
People are wary of having clowns at children's parties as they've had bad experiences in the past.
Omar El Nagdi found his latest inspiration in the subject of the clown as both a figure of comedy and tragedy and his latest collection is entitled "The Clown: Laughing and Crying".
Performers, dressed in colourful costumes and with their faces painted, took part in several competitions including funny diving, human bowling, tug of war and a clown shoe relay race.
Rodeo clowns, along with other bullfighters, attract the bull's attention so the cowboy can escape from the arena safely.
A clown must discover a character that is believable and works best for him or her.