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Recession no laughing matter for clown industry

Published on Mar 30, 2014 10:23 AM

NORTHBROOK, United States (AFP) - In a global recession, being a clown is no laughing matter.

That was the sombre verdict as the World Clown Association wrapped up its annual convention on Saturday after a decade which has seen their numbers dwindle.

More than 230 clowns from the around the world attended the event outside Chicago, gathering to share skills and hopefully encourage a new generation to don a red nose, make-up and a pair of oversized shoes.

But it's an art pursued more as a labour of love of laughs these days than for a living.

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