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.

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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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*****photographed at The Ringling Museum

Sarasota, Florida

2015©photogrpahy by Isadora DeLaVega

12 thoughts on “Circus Clown – Emmett Kelly

    • Yes, Bozo was fun to watch. I laughed every time he squeezed the bicycle horn to speak. Thanks for the memory.
      There are many who are afraid of clown. I like the ones with smiley faces. The ones with frowns always made me sad.
      I wonder if clowns will survive. Thanks for leaving your great comment, Linda. Have a FANTASTIC weekend ..!!!
      Isadora 😎

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    • 😉 I’m not surprised. There are many people and children that have a fear of clowns. Perhaps, from movies. I wonder.
      My hubby and I used to dress for Halloween and spread cheer at nursing homes or at the local mall where children went to enjoy a safe Halloween. The elderly watched as the children paraded.
      Hubby – a clown … Me – Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz
      Some children would run or cry when he approached them. He’d grab treats for the elderly from my basket full of candy and Toto. It was FUN to see the surprises on some of the faces. We’ve stopped doing it but it was FUN while it lasted.
      BTW – there’s a clown school in Sarasota. You can even pick your own name.

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