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Clown hopefuls travel across country for circus auditions

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Folks from all around the country got a sneak peak at Clown College today hosted at the Eastern States Exposition.

It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for many.

"Being a Ringling Clown has been my dream my entire adult life," said Richard Kirsch.

As soon as Kirsch got out of high school, he began auditioning for the circus. It hasn't been easy.

"I didn't get it and tried again triad again and I said 'Heck with it. I'll join the circus work for them and i'll go to every single town and they'll see how serious I am about this and then I'll get in', and then I tried again and again," he said.
20 years later, Kirsch is here once again to show off his outrageous talent. He traveled to West Springfield from Virginia and join several others from all around the country.
"Ringling Bros., and Barnum &Bailey, we have the funniest clowns on earth and that's what we're looking for!," said Davis Kiser, Director of Talent.

It's not your average try-outs. There are few rules and one goal: To make the audience laugh. That doesn't necessarily require a red nose, colorful hair, the ability to juggle or ride a unicycle.
"Those are all just tools a clown uses to help be funny. What I'm looking for is that desire, spark and we all know that person that as soon as they walk in the room it lights up," said Kiser.
Nicole Portwood  from Agawam and has been a clown for 31 years. Her advice is to never give up.
"Stick with it if you don't get into Clown College right away, there are so many venues for clowns," said Portwood.
The clowns selected for the World's Famous Circus have the opportunity to travel around country and throughout the world.

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