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Clown a performer usually in a circus who plays the fool performs practical jokes and does tricks to make people laugh Other names for clowns are buffoon jester fool conjurer mirthmaker tumbler gleeman mime actor harlequin merry counselor comic and puppeteer Even though there are many types of clowns each clown develops a face meaning a personality A clowns face once created becomes the clowns unique personal property Whiteface The oldest type of clown is the whiteface which dates back to the 18th century The white color of the face was first done with flour White lead replaced flour but in the 1880s when lead was discovered to be poisonous safer greasepaints were found Thewhiteface clown evolved from earlier whiteface theatrical entertainers One of the most popular whiteface characters in history is Harlequin a comic personality in the Italian theater form commedia dellarte English actor John Rich who performed in the early and mid-18th century was the most famous Harlequin of his time After the mid-18th century the clown gradually replaced the Harlequin character English entertainer Joseph Grimaldi played an instrumental role in this shift Still today you can find clowns which will do the whitefaced act but you would have to look along way to find anything also the whitefaced clown does not use the grease paint the use a type of make-up which is thick and very rich in color and you can find it all over the place CharacterI In the early 20th century a third category of characterization developed from the so-called carpet clown who performed short solo routines between circus acts These character clowns as they are known today include any clown who has a unique routine and who usually works alone or without a partner in a large group The character clown is the most realistic of the clown types
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