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How did funny clowns become scary?

Last updated on August 28, 2019

How did funny clowns become scary? by jacqueline macou from Pixabay) Lots of people actually find clowns more frightening than funny.  In fact, some people are so afraid of clowns, they’re said to have coulrophobia (say “coal-rah-fo-bee-ah”). (Image by Couleur from Pixabay) Clowning was a bit part of the medieval court.  Minstrels and jugglers would “clown around” and act like fools to get a laugh. By the Middle Ages, clowns became professional funny actors that entertained at travelling festivals. Emmett Kelly (middle) was a famous sad tramp clown. (Photo credit: Wikimedia/public domain) It became popular to watch puppet shows like Punch and Judy, which you can still see today. These puppets were not very nice to each other and would smash each other with bats to make children laugh. How did funny clowns become scary?


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