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Clown shortage: No joke, this is really happening as clowns are in short supply

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With all that is going on in the world, there are a lot of things that seem trivial as opposed to bigger agendas. One of those things may seem small to you, but a clown shortage is a big deal to a lot of people, and Beaumont Enterprise reported on Feb. 19, 2014, that it is a real thing and quite serious indeed.

A number of organizations believe that a clown shortage is on the way, and it could take a serious toll on the circus, stage shows, and much more.

SEE: Northampton Clown: Random clown terrorizes English town by appearing, staring

Membership at the largest trad organization for clowns has gone down considerably over the course of the past 10 years. It is due in large part to interest in becoming a clown, higher standards among employers, and some clowns just becoming too old.

“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”

Those in the clown industry believe the shortage is due in large part to people thinking the profession is simply "stupid." Those that are clowns think of the job as easy to do, a lot of fun, and something that brings in things others can't do at office jobs.

Since 2004, membership at the World Clown Association has dropped considerably and is actually down to about 2,500 from 3,500 just 10 years ago.

More challenging tryouts, such as with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, saw a mere 11 clowns out of 531 applicants attend their rigorous boot camp. The clown shortage is real and could really bring everyone down if it continues.

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