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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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From what I know, the fear of clowns is most common in children, especially girls. Research indicates as many as 10 in 1000 children fear clowns, mostly girls.  

The most common phobia is Arachnophobia. 

Oct 30, 2022 06:35 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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I've heard of it, but have yet to meet anyone who has it. I do know several people, however, who've worked as clowns as a "side gig."

Oct 30, 2022 06:27 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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Given the number of clowns in politics these days, fear is real.

Oct 30, 2022 07:27 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
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Not until we got one in the White House and congress!

Oct 30, 2022 06:23 AM
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Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

🤡

Oct 30, 2022 06:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
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No worries at our house.

Oct 30, 2022 05:53 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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I married a Coulrophobe, 🤡
but scenes like this help her enjoy clowns!

Oct 30, 2022 01:16 PM
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Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
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I have no fear, but I know it exists, and clowns are mostly feared by other clowns (see John Juarez answer).  Needless to say, I think Barney and Bailey have a whole college somewhere in FL if I recall which produces these fearful people.

Oct 30, 2022 07:39 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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I don't know anyone with this issue, and have never been afraid of clowns.

Oct 30, 2022 07:09 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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No names come to mind when I think of those I know of having coulrophobia Peter Mohylsky . I know plenty of people who don't care for them but that is far different than a person who would actually have a medically certifiable panic attack from seeing or being around one. 

Oct 30, 2022 11:13 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I have no clue. 

Personally, I have no issue with clowns other than those in politics and the talking-head clowns on lamestream news! 

However, I detest mime clowns. Not fear them - detest them! 

Oct 30, 2022 09:38 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Holy SHIZ! I'd say any time anyone turns on the NEWS!

Oct 30, 2022 08:32 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
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I'm not aware of anyone I know having a fear of clowns. I do know people who aren't big fans of clowns. 🤡Of course, Bozo the clown was on TV when I was a kid and seemed harmless.

Oct 30, 2022 08:13 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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Not me but other people are afraid of them. Stephen King made some $$'s off them.

Oct 30, 2022 07:00 AM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I'm not sure Peter, I know my wife doesn't like them and stays away from them. She says they give her the creeps. 

Oct 30, 2022 06:11 PM
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Bob Crane
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Probably not that common.

Oct 30, 2022 09:54 AM
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Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
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I actually attended clown school.  I don't do any clowning, but I do balloon entertainment.  Check out my website before you judge me.  A long time ago, this was my full-time gig.  

I have done hundreds of gigs with children and adults.  I don't wear a costume, but I know a bunch of clowns and used to hang out with them and do gigs with them.  There are a LOT of former Ringling performers who live in and near Orlando.  

So here is what I can tell you...  I have never met an adult who is afraid of clowns.  I have met adults who think clowns are stupid, but dislike is not the same as fear.  That doesn't mean that clown-phobia doesn't exist.  It means it is extremely rare.

Oct 31, 2022 05:32 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
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A lot of people became afraid of clowns after Stephen King's movie, IT and then Pennywise: The Story of IT. Fright at it's best!

Oct 30, 2022 05:21 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
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I had a client with this years ago....it was interesting.

Oct 30, 2022 02:17 PM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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There are a few in Real Estate that I fear.

Oct 31, 2022 05:48 AM
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Greg Large
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I worked with a Buyer once that FREAKED OUT when we went to an outbuilding on a property that was filled with clown memorabilia, photos, costumes, etc.  I never saw anything like it before or since.

Oct 31, 2022 07:11 AM
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Dorte Engel
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Dear Peter,

I have heard of it, but do not know anyone, who has it. I like the song.

Nov 05, 2022 10:41 PM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I have heard of this more in the past few years.  It is a real thing, however, clowns are as real as Big Foot.  They are just people dressed up to be clowns.

Nov 02, 2022 03:29 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Not inn my playbook. Have only met one person who displayed symptoms at a costume party. Not pretty!

Nov 02, 2022 03:39 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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I have always disliked clowns and magicians both.  (add in Santa Claus too as I'd never sit on his lap)   I don't like tricksters or people hiding their true selves in any way, shape or form.  Call it a phobia or call it realism.

 

Nov 01, 2022 05:42 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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My eldest daughter was scared of clowns, even clown dolls.  Until then, I didn't know it was a "thing". Someone I know actually married a professional clown, a "high end" one, Cirque de Soleil-type. He's fun to be with, as if he's always on stage, entertaining; can't imagine what it's like to live with him. 

Oct 31, 2022 01:01 PM