Wednesday, August 18, 2010


CIRCO RALUY: Chicken Cannon


EDOUARD-LEON SCOTT: The First Recorded Sound in History Was About Clowns

Thomas Edison wasn't the first person to record sound. A Frenchman named Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville actually did it earlier.

He invented a device called the phonautograph, and, on April 9, 1860, recorded someone singing the words, "Au clair de la lune, Pierrot repondit." But he never had any intention of playing it back. He just wanted to study the pattern the sound waves made on a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp.

A group of researchers found some of his old phonautograph papers and used a computer program to play the recording.

"Au clair de la lune
Mon ami Pierrot
Prête-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot
Ma chandelle est morte
Je n'ai plus de feu
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l'amour de Dieu"

Monday, August 16, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Bobo Barnett to Be Inducted Into the International Clown Hall of Fame

 Breaking news out of Baraboo, WI...

On October 1, 2010, the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center will proudly induct Chester "Bobo" Barnett into it's hall alonside such legendary circus comedians as Felix Adler, Charlie Rivel, Lou Jacobs, Grock, Oleg Popov and Otto Griebling.

This marks the ICHOF's first induction since 2004. 

This special occasion will be highlighted by Bobo's daughter Bonnie Ann Barnett celebrating with us and signing copies of her book, "Bobo's Daughter". Schedules of the weekends events will follow shortly!

MARK LOHR: Hip Replacement Today

As we wait for more (and better) news about Todd Griffith, let's all send out our thoughts and prayers today to Zirk der Ruhe's Mark Lohr who will be undergoing a hip replacement.

Seriously, can everyone else just please be careful for the rest of the week?