Clown car

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Lou Jacobs miniature clown car, 1951–1952, with gas pump
Lou Jacobs miniature clown car, 1951–1952

A clown car is a prop in a circus clown routine, which involves an implausibly large number of clowns emerging from a very small car.[1] The first performance of this routine was in the Cole Bros. Circus during the 1950s.[2] The effect is produced by simply removing all of a car's internal components—including the door panels, the headliner and any interior barrier to the trunk—and then filling the enlarged space with as many clowns as possible.[1] Greg DeSanto of the International Clown Hall of Fame estimates that somewhere between 14 and 21 clowns and their props could fit into a car prepared in this manner.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c The Physics Of: Clown Cars, by John Pearley Huffman, at Car and Driver; published March 28, 2011; retrieved November 10, 2018
  2. ^ Feiler, Bruce (2003). Under the Big Top. HarperCollins. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-06-052702-0.