Is there an archive somewhere of the clowns of Ringling? I was told that my great uncle was a clown by some of the family, others said he sold those double clear balloons with the mouse head inside, still others say he wore a suit, can't confirm any of it. I do remember getting to see the tents set up a Masters Field in Miami and seeing the Circus every time he was in town so he for sure worked there. This would have been the 1960's and maybe early 70's. His name was Benjamin Contrada, AKA Benny Contrada, with a nickname of "Banjo Benny". He was part of the Italian family born in the old country and had the original spelling before immigration changed us to Contrata.
I enjoyed your video, thanks for posting.
I will reach out to some smart clowns and see. Be interesting to know.
Subject: Fwd: Circus
A husband and wife who work for the circus go to an adoption agency.
The Social workers raise doubts about the living conditions in a circus,
but the couple produce photos of their 50-foot luxury motor home,
which is clean and well-maintained and equipped with a beautiful nursery.
The social workers also raise concerns about the education a child would receive while in the couple's care.
"We've arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the usual subjects along with French, Mandarin and computer skills."
Then the social workers express concern about a child being raised in a circus environment.
"Our nanny is a certified expert in Paediatric care, Welfare and Diet."
The social workers are finally satisfied and ask, "What age child are you hoping to adopt?"
"It doesn't really matter as long as they fit in the cannon."
That is funny. I acually know some Human Cannonballs.