Circus offers 'Clownselling' to conquer public's fears
Clowns Kakehole and Popol
A circus is offering special therapy to people in Bedfordshire to help them get over their fear of clowns.
John Lawson's Circus is currently in Houghton Regis and the madcap routines of clowns are at the heart of the show.
But not everyone is pleased to see them so they are offering what they call 'clownselling' sessions to remind people that they are figures of fun.
Ringmaster Attila Endresz explained why they had decided on this course of action.
"We find a lot of people come to the Big Top and say 'keep the clowns away from me'" he said, "and it's obviously a bit upsetting for us because the clowns do spend a lot of time on their costumes and their routines and to have someone dismiss them before they even come into the Big Top is something that we decided to face head on and tackle in any way we can.
"A lot of children will stay away because the adults are scared of the clowns and they transfer that fear to their children as well."
The circus's two clowns Kakehole and Popol are determined to ease people's anxieties and remind them that the clown is a comical performer and not something frightening.
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