Saturday, September 06, 2008


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THE REBERTIS: Hollywood Palace, 1966

From Raffaele de Ritis

From Raffaele...
The magnificient Rebertis Italian comedy acrobats, on Hollywood Palace (January 10, 1966, host Elizabeth Mongomery of "Bewitched").

I think they are the Faggioni brothers, one of them being Roberto Faggioni, actual owner of Circo Americano in Spain.

Comments are welcome for better information.

Friday, September 05, 2008

SHORTY HINKLE: Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, undated

AARON KYLE GERTSACOV: Congratulations Adam & Stephanie!

Congratulations go out to Adam and Stephanie Gertsacov on the birth of their son Aaron!

Aaron Kyle Gertsacov
Born 9/2/08 at 7:08 pm

6 lbs, 11 oz.
19.25 inches
Mom and child doing great!

Dad is along for the ride.

Mazal Tov!


Meet Mr. Jerry Digney, former publicist to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as Bozo the Clown.

Jerry Digney is a partner in SOLTERS & DIGNEY Public Relations and was Ray Charles’ personal publicist and remains the personal publicist for a number of icons, from BB King to The Nevilles to Bob Newhart and many more.

Solters & Digney Public Relations (formerly Solters, Roskin & Freidman) is headquartered in Hollywood, with offices in New York and Washington, DC, specializing in entertainment, sports, hospitality, touring attractions and special events.

Digney, a native Bostonian, first worked for the Solters’ office 30+ years ago, in its flagship New York office, where it specialized in Broadway productions, music and television. He later worked in the firm’s Los Angeles office, as a vice-president, and was also the first ever director of public relations for Feld Entertainment, producer-owner of Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice touring productions, where he supervised a staff of marketers and publicists for a half dozen or more touring productions, including the International Circus Spectacular of Monte Carlo.

He rejoined the Solters agency 10-plus years ago, after a decade in entertainment production and licensing. Over the years, Digney has received many awards for his public service works and sits on the boards of several national charities.

He attended the Leland Powers School and Grahm College in Boston and worked extensively as a radio announcer and copywriter in Boston and on national radio networks before entering the public relations arena.

He is also a widely published freelance writer and an accomplished artist-painter and was also a circus ringmaster before stepping behind the spotlight.

Digney and his partner, Lee Solters, a legend among international entertainment publicists, have served as image-makers and confidants to a virtual show biz who’s who, from Broadway theatre impresario David Merrick, to Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson. He was the first person to get a female client over 50 on the cover of Playboy magazine and arranged for the Pope (JP II) to be made an honorary Harlem Globetrotter.

His publicity stunts are legendary: from marrying a clown couple atop Philadelphia’s famous LOVE statue to making hermit crabs America’s favorite pets in the 1980s. Digney arranged the first show biz themed U.S. postage stamp, Laurel and Hardy, in the mid-1980s and ran Bozo for president in 1984, an event covered by every major media outlet in America, including Time.

From publicizing two presidential inaugurals and numerous breakthrough films, including “The Graduate,” to promoting Ringling Bros. Circus and Cirque du Soleil, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jackie Gleason, Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Channing, Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Caesars Palace, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Mattel, Universal Studios Tour, 20th Century Fox film studios, the city of Las Vegas and the many legendary Chrysler-sponsored Golf Tournaments and Bob Hope television specials, SOLTERS & DIGNEY has long been at the forefront of many memorable chapters in entertainment history.

FRANCESCO CAROLI: Circus Roncalli, 1999

Photo courtesy of Mike Naughton

MR. YOO WHO: Desastrosus Cirkus

Mr Yoo Who, with the help of Desastrosus Cirkus balances a stack of boxes with a glass of water on top, filmed in Bhutanese refugee camps, and the Tibetan refugee center in Nepal, filmed by Marisol Soto.

MIKE COCO: Interview

Click the title of this post to be taken to a 1967 Canadian Broadcasting Co. interview with Mike Coco at Expo '67.

Is there anyone out there who can rip this interview and then send it to me as at

Thursday, September 04, 2008

CLOWN COLLEGE REUNION: The Clock is Ticking!

Look who just opened his mail and found out about the big 40th anniversary Clown College reunion September 18-20th in Baraboo, WI!

For more information please click the link to your right...


CLOWN ALLEY: Firehouse Gag: Ringling, 1969

Photo courtesy of Greg DeSanto

The short-lived 1969 Ringling Firehouse Gag, produced by Danny Chapman and featuring graduates of the very first Clown College class..

I can't make out any faces other than my friend Michael Karp being hit in the kisser with the swinging ladder on the left and Dalton Dearborn taking it in the back of the head on the right.

Mr. Karp, PLEASE give us the story on this one!!!


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

SHANE: First Day of Kindergarten

Shane getting on the bus for his very first day of kindergarten, despite the fact that he is getting on the short bus, Shane blew the teachers and principal away when he was tested this morning and was moved ahead to first grade for reading!

CLOWN GINGER: Don Ross' Big Time Shows & Circus, 1943

Reg Etheridge as Clown Ginger taken at the Theater Royal in Dorcester on December 4, 1943.

THE FRANCESCOS: Tom Arnold's Christmas Circus 1950-51


The Bambouk boys have put away the noses for their latest production.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

VLAD AND DAVID: Inflatable Elephant

I can't say much for the bit but it does make me want an inflatable elephant costume about twice that size...

CLOWN ALLEY: Mike Coco and Flo White

Michael "Coco" Polokov and Albert "Flo" White on the cover of the Sunday Magazine section in Albert's hometown of Baltimore, MD in what looks like 1964 or '65.


Photo courtesy of Marcelo Melison

The Whimsical Walker who performed in the States isn't the same one who performed in London for many years, is it?


LABOR DAY PARADE: Star-Ledger Video

South Plainfield celebrates Labor Day

Monday, September 01, 2008

LABOR DAY PARADE: South Plainfield, NJ, 2008

Photos courtesy of Terry Cashin

Jerry Hunsberger and I took the car out this morning to take part in the 2008 Labor Day (or Labour Day as they'd say in the UK, where they don't celebrate it) in South Plainfield, NJ.

Decked out in my Mary Derosier costume, my Leon McBryde "XL Circus Pro" ProKnows nose, Mikey Maroney necktie, John Spear shoes and new Pat Kelly wig I am ready to get behind the wheel.

"Scooter", Cashin's Crazy Comedy Car has, among it's many gadgets, gizmos and gimmicks, a steering wheel that comes off...

Fire that belches out from the front and back...

Giant underpants stuck all up underneath the hood...

And a hydraulics systems that picks it up and spins it!

But in the end I finally get it all under control and drive away only to have it all happen again at the next crowded intersection ; )

I was told that Govenor Jon Corizine was at the reviewing stand at the end of the parade route and found the whole act very amusing, making him the second NJ governor that I've cracked up at a parade.

When Shane was still a toddler we took him to the Belmar St. Patrick's Day Parade where I set up his playpen on the sidewalk and made a big sign reading "Irish Baby Petting Zoo" which struck then-Governor Jim McGreevey so funny that he stopped making out with his Homeland Security Advisor long enough to take a picture.

MORE BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: From Raffaele de Ritis

Photo and comments courtesy of Raffaele de Ritis

The Charlie Rivel monument at the beautiful Montjuic Parc in Barcelona.

OTTO GRIEBLING? Cole Bros. Circus Poster

Can anyone confirm for me that the clown depicted in this Cole Bros. poster is Otto Griebling? I know that Otto had an alternate "moustache" character and I know that I've seen a similar poster from the same period that uses this clown that mentions Otto by name but I can't seem to find it anywhere.


Photo and comments courtesy of Bill Strong

Whimsical Walker; he was with Barnum & Bailey, late 1800's & early 1900's.


Photo courtesy of Jon Pult

Pat, I attach a photo a friend sent me from Bandwagon....while the caption says Slivers is in white, the makeup on the far left sure looks like Slivers's. What say you? Jon Pult

While the white costume with the boat hat and the large bare feet definitely did belong to Slivers, that's not him wearing it.

I'd have to say that you are correct, Francis "Slivers" Oakley is the clown on the far left.

PEPPI: Jay Miller Circus, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

CLOWN CAR TOMORROW: South Plainfield, NJ

If anyone is interested, Jerry Hunsberger and I will have "Cashin's Comedy Car" out again tomorrow morning at the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade in South Plainfield, NJ. If you remember Kent "Speedo the Speedway Clown" Tyler's act, it's the same car with a few new tricks.

Parade starts at 10:00 AM. Vince "Vappo" Pagliano will be there as well with several of the Funny Factory clowns.

Hope to see you there!