Saturday, October 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Francis West, Ted “Zippo” Tutweiler, Dale “Herky” Smith, and Joe “Skippy” Schmidt.
Francis and Dale were both recent graduates of Ringling’s Clown College from the Class of 1987. Ted graduated in 1971 and spent the 1972 season with Ringling’s Blue Unit. He clowned on many mud shows during his life, but I believe he spent the longest time on Kelly Miller.
I don’t know much about Joe, but would love to learn!
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Barbara Nolan (Kinkade at the time), with her dog, Midnight on the Ringling Blue Unit. The photo must be from 1998 because they are posing with her Flea Circus walkaround. The theme of the show that year was Sideshow, so all of the clowns did sideshow themed walkarounds.
Barbara started out as a dancer on Ringling, even participating as the ballerina in the painter soap gag featured in Ringling’s 118th Edition (1988-1989). She attended Clown College in 1995 and toured with the Blue Unit from 1996-1998.
After that she was a part of the Circus Circus Clown Alley in Las Vegas for awhile.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Five years ago today, Pat Cashin was taken from us, way too soon. He started this blog fifteen years ago, and although I don’t think I’ll ever be able to keep up with his amount of output, it is an honor to continue posting about clown history in his honor.
Here are some wonderful photos of Pat shared on FB by Paul Gutheil.
Friday, July 23, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Friday, July 09, 2021
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
The 1999 Ringling Blue Unit Clown Alley photographed by Vince Re. For many years Vince would set up backstage at the arena in Cincinnati, OH to take photos for people on the show.
Pictured are Joel Jeske, Tina Aguirre, Thom Wheaton, Marni Sussman, Leo Acton, Matt Morgan, Lance Brown, David Solove, Gabor Hrisafis, Todd Zimmerman, Allegra Barnett, Cezary Skarzynski, Christy McDonald, Mark Myers, and Josh Zehner.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
This article is from 2006 when the Scotts won the Florida Folk Heritage Award.
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Monday, June 07, 2021
Hello everyone, please forgive my sporadic posting as of late. Being on a circus is a lot more time consuming than I remember!
Here’s Angelo Munoz and Bernhard Paul celebrating another successful show on Circus Roncalli.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Clown Alley with ringmaster, Jimmy James.
I’m guessing the year is 1981, but I could be wrong. I can ID Tom “Weasel” Weiss, Sandy Kaye, John “Eggroll” Kane, Mike Snider, and Mike Padilla.
Can anyone else ID the rest? The whiteface with the red wig looks like a Clown College grad I’ve seen.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Click here for an hour long interview with Peggy Williams talking about her career with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
Just from these pictures, I can tell this is a guy who was going for the laugh.
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about his washerwoman gag with Glen “Seacow” Hart; I wish I could have seen it in person.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Can anyone ID this clown whose photo is in the book Circus Legends by Tony Hernandez?
What I do know is he’s about to unleash that ol’ knee slapper of a walkaround, “What I Know About Women”, on an unsuspecting audience.
Open up the book and what’s inside? The word NOTHING!
Brilliant! Oh, my splitting sides! 😜
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Father Jerry Hogan passed away last night after a prolonged illness. Through his long career as a circus priest, he became close friends with many in the circus business, especially the clowns.
Father Jerry, thank you for sharing your light, your love, and your laughter with us all of these years. Rest in peace.
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Emily Carragher: A clown guide through ‘Varekai’ by Cirque Du Soleil
Monday, May 03, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
From ICHOF director Greg DeSanto:
Toby Ballantine got his trunk spotted in that glorious clown alley in the heavens today. Son of CC Dean, Bill Ballantine, Toby attended Clown College and taught stilt-walking. He toured with Ringling, Hoxie, Gatti-Charles, advance for Beatty-Cole and worked hard in later years to preserve his parents artistic legacy. RIP
Friday, April 16, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Friday, April 09, 2021
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Monday, April 05, 2021
Born December 5, 1954 in South Western Siberia, Russia, Ekaterina Mikhailovna Mozhaeva dreamed as a child of becoming a ballet dancer. Unfortunately, a long childhood illness thwarted her aspirations—since ballet, if one wants to succeed in Russia, is a discipline for which training starts at an early age. Still, she wanted to perform, and when she recovered, friends suggested that she try the circus.
So, Ekaterina went on to train at the Circus’s Studio at Kemerovo, a Siberian city in the region of Novosibirsk. There, she learned a variety of circus disciplines, and partnered with another student, Anatoly Evgenevich Lotishev (b. March 10, 1949), to create an acrobatic clown duet under the name of Anton & Antoshka (spelled "Antoschka" in German). They began performing together in 1973 in Novosibirsk.
They soon became very successful; Ekaterina’s character, Antoschka, which comes out as a whimsical, mischievous, marionette-like tomboy, was immediately very popular with their audiences. Then, Anton & Antoshka appeared with the Leningrad Stage Circus, and in 1976, they were contracted by SoyuzGosTsirk, the central Soviet Circus organization; from then on, they were featured in all the major circuses of the Soviet Union, and on tour with the prestigious Moscow Circus companies. Ekaterina added dogs and cats to her act, with which she worked in a playful, engaging way that fit her character perfectly well.
Then, things began to change with the advent of Perestroika, and the fall of the USSR. It was a different atmosphere altogether, and Anatoly (Anton) decided to leave Ekaterina, and to continue his own clown career with his wife, Tatiana. But with Antoschka, Ekaterina had a strong, likeable character on which to build a new career of her own. In 1989, she went on an extensive tour abroad with the Moscow Circus On Ice, in a show built around Antoschka, and titled A Clown’s Dream.
Antoschka In Germany
The following year, after a tour of Germany, Antoschka decided to leave Russia and to settle there, in the town of Korschenbroich, near Dusseldorf. She began working with German and Austrian circuses, and in 1993, she starred in the ice revue Holiday On Ice, in a of A Clown’s Dream built again around Antoschka’s character. She toured with Holiday On Ice until 1995, visiting The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Poland, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
After two years with Circus Busch-Roland, Antoschka went on to work with some of Northern Europe’s most important circuses, including Krone and Benneweis, and participated in European tours of the Germany-based Moscow State Circus (Moskau Staatszirkus). In 2005 she started performing her solo stage show, Ansichten eines Clowns, in Central America, and subsequently performed it regularly in Germany, while giving clown workshops and teaching clowning.
Meanwhile, Ekaterina/Antoschka had been involved in various global social projects, which culminated in her creating an international clown organization involved in social and peace issues, The World Parliament Of Clowns, in 2006. That same year, she created a new solo program, Antoschka und ihre WUNDERfreunde ("Antoshka and her WONDERful Friends"). Diva & Clown, and Solo für einen Clown would follow.
Dubbed "Die Königin der Clowns" ("The Queen of Clowns") by the German press, Antoschka has been sharing her time between Antoshka’s Clown-Theatre and her solo shows, further circus tours (including, in 2010, a tour of the Moskau Staatszircus, Planet of Smiles, in which she starred), and her work with the World Clown Parliament, the Jersusalem Peace Academy, and the German Water Foundation.