Ringling Bros. holds Clown College auditions

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(Aug. 3) — This could very well be my last article for AOL News. Because I might be running away with the circus.

That’s because I, along with 16 others, attended the New York City auditions for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, held Friday under the big circus tent at Coney Island. It kicked off a nationwide search for Ringling’s next group of clowns, which continues this week in San Francisco and Dallas.

All of us clown hopefuls were asked to show up as ourselves — no costumes, makeup, red noses or big shoes were necessary.

“We just want to see raw people,” said David Kiser, director of talent for Ringling and Class of ’82 Clown College graduate. “A clown is not an actor who portrays a clown. A clown is a clown from the inside out. What we’re really looking for is the desire and the heart of a clown.”

There was plenty of that gathered under the tent.

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