Dr. Giddy gets asked this question from time to time: Are you a real clown?
The answer is: As real of a clown as there is.
That’s really kind of a tricky question. Is any clown real? What is a real clown?
Wikipedia says: “Clowns are comic performers stereotypically characterized by the grotesque image of the circus clown’s colored wigs, stylistic makeup, outlandish costumes, unusually large footwear, and red nose, which evolved to project their actions to large audiences.”
In essence clowns are fake. They are fictional characters, dressed up in costumes.
The clown costume – no matter how simple or elaborate – seems to be magical. The costume gives Dr. Giddy super powers – such as: being allowed to blow an air horn in church, or riding a bike in church, or sneaking up behind his friend (a real person) & kicking him in the behind while the crowd cheers.
But under that costume is a real person.
Several years ago at church camp Dr. Giddy, in his big shoes, ran around the church and led the children from the main auditorium down to the cafeteria where the children’s service was to be held. When a clown leads a group somewhere there is no decorum. He will not lead the children in a single file, proper, pious line. He will run, he will exagerrate his movements, he will get caught up in the fun. And caught up is exactly what Dr. Giddy did – he ran, took huge exaggerated steps, and his great big shoe slipped on the concrete sidewalk.
Dr. Giddy landed on his butt… and it hurt. It really hurt. It was not fictional pain.