Circus Clown – Emmett Kelly


Kelly began his career as a trapeze artist.

By 1923, Emmett Kelly was working his trapeze act with John Robinson’s circus when he met and married Eva Moore,

another circus trapeze artist.

They later performed together as the “Aerial Kelly’s” with Emmett still performing occasionally as a whiteface clown.

Ringling Car red front.web

He started working as a clown full-time in 1931,

and it was only after years of attempting to persuade the management that he was able to switch from

a white face clown to the hobo clown that he had sketched ten years earlier while working as a cartoonist.


Emmett Kelly died at the age of 80 of a heart attack on March 28, 1979, at his home in Sarasota, Florida.

He is buried in the Rest Haven Memorial Park, in Lafayette, Indiana.

Ringling Clown Emmett_Kelly_1953

December 9, 1898
Sedan, Kansas
March 28, 1979 (aged 80)
Sarasota, Florida


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    • Hi Cee,
      Just catching up on my comments. You made my day when I discovered I was
      the featured blog post for your Odd Ball Challenge. Sorry about my late
      ‘Thank You.’ I appreciate being selected very much. As always, I’m honored.
      Isadora 😎


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