Clown shortage making sending in the clowns a thing of the past

February 18, 2014 9:35 PM

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Clown shortage making sending in the clowns a thing of the past

Clowns, generally speaking, are viewed ambivalently at best. Sure, they’re supposed to inspire fun and laughter, and in some of us, they do. Others get nothing but a paralyzing fear. Soon, though, that all might be a non-issue—that is, if the national clown shortage we’re looking at continues.

“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”

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