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Bob Neil, akaGrant Hindsley / AP

The Associated Press reports from Ontario, Calif.  — Even when she's not in character, Julie Varholdt acts like a buffoon.

Bring up professional clowning, however, and the mother of three decked out in cartoon-sized purple buttons, a red straw hat and oversized shoes grows serious — and even sheds a few real tears.

"Clowning is an art, it is an ancient art," said Varholdt, whose grandfather was a clown. "You can't just pull on a wig and slap a watermelon smile on and — 'Poof!' — you're a clown. Unfortunately, we see it a lot." Read the full story.

Clown shoes are for sale at Jose Morales's, or
Clown shoes are for sale at Jose Morales's, orGrant Hindsley / AP

Bob Neil, aka
Bob Neil, akaGrant Hindsley / AP

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