ClownClown is a notion that derives from the Italian language and that can be used as noun or adjective. In the first case, a clown is a type of artist who seeks to amuse the public with certain humorous routines and through her makeup and wardrobe with unusual characteristics.

The clown can work in a circus, although there are also those who perform in theaters, television programs or even on public roads as street artists. Clowns can count jokes, juggle, create balloon shapes (balloon twisting), make funny noises or appeal to other actions to generate laughter among the public.

For instance: “The clowns and acrobats were the best of the circus”, “The theater company announced the incorporation of the clown Lunarcitos for the summer season”, “The comic actor said that he began his career as a clown, offering a show with the cap on the Atlantic Coast”.

As an adjective, it is said that a person is a clown when it is not very serious or tends to amuse those around it with actions or funny words: “Don’t be a clown, take your tie off your head and go back to work”, “Pepe is a clown, you can’t be serious with him”, “My father was quite a clown at home, but he became very formal and circumspect when he entered his office”.

Because the true identity of the clown is hidden behind makeup and costume, many people are afraid of these characters. The phobia (irrational fear) generated by clowns is known as coulrophobia (the prefix coulro- It derives from the Greek and can be translated as “someone who walks on stilts”; the reason is that the ancient jesters used stilts).

ClownWhile clown phobia is believed to primarily affect the little ones, it can actually occur in adults as well. Interestingly, many coulrophobia patients express that what causes them the most fear of clowns is excess makeup, hair color and the typical spherical nose of colour Red. Most acquire this phobia after having had a negative experience with a clown in person (something that can happen at a fair in childhood, for example) or after having seen an image of a sinister clown.

The clown from the novel «ItemBy Stephen King, he contributed considerably to nurturing his figure as the object of childhood fears. This work often comes up in conversations with therapists when seeking the origin from the phobia of clowns; And it is not for less, since it is a sinister character who frightens a group of children and generates a trauma for life.

Some studies on coulrophobia indicate that children do not appreciate seeing a seemingly normal body with a face that is unfamiliar or easy to understand. Children have also been shown to get afraid images of clowns in hospitals.

Let’s see below some of the most famous clowns:

* Pennywise, the monster of the novel «Item“, Mentioned above, which was brought to the big screen to terrorize more than one generation;
* Captain Spaulding, character from «The house of 1000 corpses«, A film in which he plays the role of the main antagonist. His face is white; her lips, black; his eyes, combining black and blue, cast a penetrating and sinister look; a black beard and unsightly teeth complete the terrifying picture of this clown;
* Joker, one of Batman’s enemies. Its original name is Joker and it is about a ruthless killer who enjoys sowing the terror in the city.