A Clown's Code of Ethics

and the Seven Clown Commandments

1. I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while I am in costume and makeup. I will remember at all times that I have been accepted as a member of the clown club only to provide others, principally children, with clean clown comedy entertainment. I will remember that a good clown entertains others by making fun of himself or herself and not at the expense or embarrassment of others.

2. I will learn to apply my make-up in a professional manner. I will provide my own costume. I will carry out my appearance and assignment for the entertainment of others and not for personal gain or personal publicity when performing for either the parent club or Alley events. I will always try to remain anonymous while in make-up and costume as a clown, though there may be circumstances when it is not reasonably possible to do so.

3. I will not drink any alcoholic beverage prior to any clown appearances. I will abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages while in make-up and clown costume. I will conduct myself as a gentleman/lady, neither molesting nor interfering with other acts, events, spectators, or individuals.

4. I will remove my make-up and change into my street clothes as soon as possible following my appearance, so that I can not be associated with any incident, which may be detrimental to the good name of clowning. I will conduct myself as a gentleman/lady at all times.

5. While on appearance, in make-up and costume, I will carry out the directives of the producer or his designated deputies. I will abide by all performance rules without complaint in public.

6. I will do my very best to maintain the best clown standards of make-up, costuming, properties, and comedy.

7. I will appear in as many clown shows as I possibly can.

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