Drawn from all walks of life with day jobs as diverse as tube drivers to gardeners you could walk past them in the street without realising their unique skills. Some are professionals others just do it for fun. They all say one thing in common however: the age old art of clowning is in trouble.
Play Stations, ipads, mp3 players, 3D TV – not to mention the recession. With the myriad of electronic toys where children can do anything from sing along with their favourite pop star to careering around a virtual racetrack it’s little wonder the art of clowns entertaining children is suffering. “It’s easier and cheaper for parents to hire a video than to hire a clown” muses Mattie a clown with 40 years experience. It’s a common theme when speaking to clowns. Less children are taking up the art and the huge influx of modern toys has squeezed them even tighter...However there is some hope says Mattie, “with more and more children spending ever increasing time in front of the TV and computer the real human interaction that we bring has become even more powerful, we just have to get the adults to see that”.