What it's like to be a clown in an age when people think it's fun to hate and fear clowns


David Magidson is a 52-year-old Bay Area husband and father of two boys who gets nervous whenever he's about to perform, because many adults say clowns are terrifying. Benjamin Wallace reports for NY mag in "Fears of a Clown":

Though Boswick and other clowns allow that some children are genuinely afraid of them, in their experience most are not. Instead, they see clown fear among adults as a lazy pose, a jokey affectation that has become easy to adopt as clowns fade into irrelevancy and the number of people who’ve seen one in real life dwindles.

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