Hi boys and girls,
In my last post you might have noticed that I mentioned the word Coulrophobia. For those of you who don’t know Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns! This is a very real phobia and can easily be present in adults even more so than children. Those of you that follow me on my fan page will know that I have even spoken on BBC Radio Wales on the subject, which was a little tricky for Steffan Garrero who just so happened to have this phobia.
Naturally, I am saddened to hear that people have this phobia, and do whatever I can to try and put people at ease – especially if they happen to be at my show! This just so happened to be the case when I attended the 1st Abercarn Beavers Christmas party in December.
A lovely lady by the name of Kelly (who is a helper at the group) has been Coulrophobic since a child and had no rational explanation for her fear. This phobia was so great that she wasn’t even going to stay at the party, but was persuaded to help at the back of the hall where she could hide in the kitchen if she wanted to! Fortunately this was quietly mentioned to me at the start of the show and I was able to perform my routine down the other end of the hall, while Kelly watched surrounded by all the other leaders.
Having performed for the Beavers before, the other leaders knew how approachable I am and convinced Kelly to come a little closer at the end of the show where I could have a chat with her. I took this opportunity to make her one of my special balloon bouquets and she was thrilled to bits that she could come close enough to collect it. Kelly was absolutely fantastic and even asked if she could have her photograph taken with me to show her mum as proof of her accomplishment. Her actual words were “my mum is going to be so proud of me!”
and so she should be! – Well done Kelly!
If I am attending one of your events and you think someone at the party has a fear of clowns then please let me know in advance and I will do my very best to put them at ease during my time there.
Alternatively you can now book my children’s show, without the clown element, and you’ll still get Mr.T.Ricks the colourful magician turning up to entertain your guests. Just get in touch via any of the methods on the contact page for more information.
Bye for now!