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. The first performance of this routine was in the Cole Bros. Circus during the 1950s.[1] The effect is produced by simply removing all of a car's internal components — "including the door panels and the headliner" and "any interior barrier to the trunk" — and then filling the now-enlarged space with as many clowns as possible.[2]

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