Clowns are comic performers stereotypically characterized by the image of the circus clown’s colored wigs, stylistic makeup, outlandish costumes, unusually large footwear, and red nose, which evolved to project their actions to large audiences.
The most ancient clowns have been found in the 5th Dynasty of Egypt, around 2400 BCE. Unlike court jesters, clowns have traditionally served a socio-religious and psychological role, and traditionally the roles of priest and clown have been held by the same persons.
Clowning was developed from a broad tradition of historical performances, and it is difficult to point out a singular tradition as being the primary precursors to clowns. However there are a few past prominent forms of entertainment linked to clowning.
Examples of historical, clown-like comedic performers have been
- the Pantomimus in Ancient Greece
- the Lazzi of Commedia dell’ Arte
- Court Jesters
- The French Mime tradition
On top of this there are many non-European clowning traditions (including clown-like figures in Japanese Kabuki Theater), North American Native Shaman traditions to consider which may or may not have influenced what we now think of as a clown in the Western World.
Today, Circus Mafia offers a variety of fun and lovable clown characters for you to choose from for your next event. Whether you need a face painter, balloon artist, juggler, stilt walker or performer, why not make them a clown! We offer clowns with full face paint or no make up at all! To hire a clown for your next event, contact us directly for more information including pricing and special requests at email@example.com or fill out the form below
Types of Clowns to Choose From:
- Classic Clown
- Raggedy Anne/ Andy
- Stilt Walking Marionettes
Clowns start at just $100/ Hour but Pricing varies upon need!
Book a Clown For:
- Face Painting
- Balloon Animals
- Juggling Shows
- Puppet Shows
- Running Games/ Activities
To book a Clown for your upcoming event or to inquire about any of our services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below. Please be sure to tell us the Date, Time, Location, Theme, Age of child, and service you are interested in, and we will get back to you shortly! Thank you for your interest in Circus Mafia!