Terms to Know About Clowns
Clowns have been entertaining, amusing and performing for centuries, beginning around 2400 BCE in Egypt. Today, clowns are popular at kids’ birthday parties, circuses, fairs, carnivals and more. Clowns are easily detected by their painted faces, floppy costumes and wildly colored wigs. Professional clowns can be hired to work at a party for children, rodeo and many other events. Here are some terms to know to better understand clowns.
Animal Wrangler – Clowns hired to work at rodeos are also known as animal wranglers. In these jobs their main duty is to distract bulls from running down competitors who the bull has thrown off their back. Clowns that work with kids usually work with safer animals, such as ones they create from balloons.
Emcee – Also known as M.C. or Master of Ceremonies, an emcee hosts events, keeps crowds engaged, introduces guests and more. Many clowns are trained entertainers who can easily take on the role of emcee.
Framework – Clowns do not clown around with their jobs. Before performing they often create a framework or outline of their act which helps them plan ahead to create games, rent equipment, set up decorations and prepare for their gig.
Coulrophobia – People suffering from coulrophobia have a fear of clowns. Some kids, circus attendees and adults find the exaggerated expressions of clowns and decorations they use to be upsetting.
Gag – A bit performance featuring a magic trick, funny expression or other comedy is known as a gag. Some clowns rent or buy props such as a flower lapel that sprays water or a funny red nose to create a signature gag to be used at events, a birthday party and other performances they work.