Scaring people is not funny - professional clowns respond to King’s Lynn clown pranksters

Children's entertainer Sally Beadle. Picture: Ian Burt Children's entertainer Sally Beadle. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
12:31 PM

They are just trying to make an honest living as children’s entertainers.

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Yet Norfolk’s professional clowns fear their good reputation is being tainted by pranksters who dress up in clown costumes to frighten passers-by in the dark.

Police released a warning after reports of people in masks, suits and wigs chasing startled residents down the street.

Now innocent professional entertainers touring children’s parties say they are being asked whether they are responsible for the pranks – and believe their years of hard work encouraging people to trust clowns is being undone.

Sally Beadle, also known as Crazy Bananas the Clown, is so concerned she is considering contacting Norfolk police to organise an outside event in King’s Lynn – to show people they have nothing to fear from true professionals.

“We don’t want people to be scared of clowns,” she said. “Clowns are just people who like to have fun. It’s quite worrying to think that if I do outside events, people might think I’m part of this.

“I’m wondering whether it is worth my while going through The Walks in my clown costume offering lollipops to children to try and undo some of the damage.

“Not all clowns are scary people. It would be nice to fight back for clowns. I believe we are good at what we do and I don’t want our livelihoods to be harmed because of kids trying to get a reaction.

Most people who have met me know I’m the least scary clown ever. However, people who are thinking of hiring a clown might think twice about it.

“Someone is getting a big buzz out of this. They are playing on people’s fears about clowns. I think it is kids but I don’t think they’ve thought about what they are doing. It is just about getting noticed.

“I think it’s ridiculous and sad that they have got nothing better to do.”

Rusty Russell, who has taken Rusty’s International Circus around Norfolk for the past seven years, added: “We work so hard to alleviate kids’ fears of clowns.

“When someone comes and does something like that, it ruins all our good work.

“It is just mindless. They haven’t put any thought into the fact that they might be jeopardising people’s careers.”

10 comments

  • Clowns ARE seriously scary - don't you remember the hook-handed clown Mr Jelly. The Joker played by Heath Ledger wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs either. Or what about he Stephen King novel "It" which had Pennywise the Dancing Clown killing children. In reality the serial killer John Wayne Gacy AKA Pogo the Clown killed 33 boys! No wonder so many people suffer from coulrophobia.

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • We have every right to be frightened of clowns !! We have a load of them in Westminster.!!!

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    musicman

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • As far as clowns go, I thought Dolly the sheep was scary!

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    Muggas Budal

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Full marks to Sally Beadle, she is great with children as Crazy Bananas as I have worked with her and was amazed at the way she worked with and entertained them. Being a good clown is not something everyone can do and these pranksters need to be stopped.

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    JEN

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • No but as long as there is no assault they are not doing anything illegal either Lot more scary things going on than people looking to make an internet hit of a bit of foolishness- like the new proposals for laws to restrict nuisance, which will be in the hands of our local brains of Britain to use against Roma beggars and nice sixth form students alike . Then there are the serious crimes, armed robbery bang in the middle of Yarmouth, ill people wandering the streets yelling obscenities and death threats in the faces of anyone they come across and the loss of confidence to use car parks and quiet streets after dark. A few high profile clowns are the least of our worries Plus, clowns always had a scary edgy side-circus clowns are a long way from children's parlour parties

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Clowns ARE seriously scary - don't you remember the hook-handed clown Mr Jelly. The Joker played by Heath Ledger wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs either. Or what about he Stephen King novel "It" which had Pennywise the Dancing Clown killing children. In reality the serial killer John Wayne Gacy AKA Pogo the Clown killed 33 boys! No wonder so many people suffer from coulrophobia.

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Fun Police are out again in force.

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    Crazy

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • An outside event to show people they have nothing to fear from professional clowns!!!! Is this April 1st???

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    el84

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • As far as clowns go, I thought Dolly the sheep was scary!

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    Muggas Budal

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • There is nothing funny about clowns - they ARE scary - the hook- handed Mr Jelly is, well see for yourself at jellyparties.co.uk, Shame nobody remembers John Wayne Gacy, the "killer clown" AKA Pogo the Clown. Of course, I suppose you think Heath Ledger's The Joker is funny? Stephen King wrote "It" which features Pennywise the dancing clown who kills kids. Such is the overwhelming fear of these "entertainers" that it has been named Coulrophobia. The evidence is overwhelming that the true nature of clowns is wierd and evil and it is just a big con to pretend they are not.

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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