HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Tuesday may have been April Fool's Day, but the shortage of professional clowns is no joke.
The world's leading clowning groups are reporting fewer clowns than ever.
Rosie the Clown lives and works in the Valley doing clowning, balloon twisting, and singing telegrams. She said that older clowns are dying off, and younger generations aren't filling the need.
The scares provided by movies like Stephen King's "It" don't help. She said that coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, can be difficult, but she has a plan to win people over.
"I find that when I'm at a party or event and a child or adult is uncomfortable around me, you can read their body signs, I'll get down on my knees, talk softly, and just take it very slow and most kids realize that I'm not very scary," said Rosie.
She twists balloons on Tuesday nights at Macado's in Harrisonburg.
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