Monday, July 17, 2006

Jackie LeClaire

Catch ‘em when they’re young – as the Jesuits know – and they’re yours for life.

If your first memory of circus clowning is of the classic, three-ring American clown - part cotton candy cartoon character, part sawdust Santa Claus, made from the same stuff as fairy tales and Mickey Mouse... the very living personification of fun and childhood dreams - then the mark left by the experience tends to be indelible.

Believe me, I know!

In this increasingly cynical world, every child should be given the opportunity to discover afresh the eternal joy of the circus clown as "every child's pal". As Spike Milligan recalled of Laurel & Hardy: "From the moment I saw them on screen, I knew they were my friends."

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of All Ages...1996 International Clown Hall of Fame inductee..."the Children's Clown"...Mr. Jackie LeClaire.

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